Any garden, whatever the size, has room for at least a couple of tomato plants. Some varieties of tomato plant do need a greenhouse but others are really happy to be outside and some will even grow in a window box or a hanging basket. Space really isn’t an issue.
Suttons offer an extensive range of tomato plants for sale, so you can choose from huge beefsteak tomatoes to standard-sized plum tomatoes or even little cherry tomatoes.
Don’t assume that all tomatoes are red. Colours now include green, orange, striped and more. We also ran our own tomato taste test in partnership with Exeter University, find out what the tastiest tomatoes you can grow at home are.
Tomato Plant Care Tips
- Plant in a greenhouse or sheltered sunny spot depending on the variety
- Best grown in rich, fertile soil
- Taller varieties require support
- Harvest when fruits are ripe and have reach their final colour
- Requires monitoring for blossom end rot, tomato blight and tomato leaf mould
Where To Grow Tomato Plants
Indoor varieties of tomato plants clearly need a greenhouse. Outdoor varieties welcome a sheltered sunny spot in rich fertile soil.
How To Grow Tomato Plants
All tomato plants have 3 key requirements – sun, water and feeding. Water regularly and once flowers form feed weekly using tomato feed. Bush varieties can be left to their own devices but the taller cordon varieties will need some plant supports.
Cordon tomato varieties also need any side shoots pinching out. Do this carefully when they are about 3cm long. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves from the tomato plant.
Whenever possible, increase ventilation by leaving the greenhouse door open.
When To Harvest Tomato Plants
When they are ripe and fully coloured, pick the fruits as required. Leave the calyx still attached. Texture and taste can be adversely affected by cold temperatures, so don’t store tomatoes in the fridge.
How to eat tomato plants
A whole book is required to detail the different ways in which tomatoes can be cooked. The herb plant basil, as well as olives and cheese, are natural companions, but tomatoes also belong in soups, with pasta, in tarts and in chutneys. Homemade tomato ketchup is just gorgeous!
Tomato plant nutritional value
Not only are tomatoes tasty, but they are also packed full of vitamins and minerals when eaten raw or as part of a cooked meal - it’s no wonder why they’re one of the most popular supermarket vegetables! Tomatoes are excellent sources of vitamin B-9, C and K, and the mineral potassium.
You may also be interested in tomato seeds and salad plants to go with your harvested tomatoes.
Buy tomato plants online from Suttons