Tomato 'Tumbling Tom Red' are great to grow in hanging baskets or other containers which allow the stems to naturally cascade and trail over the sides.
It produces an early, abundant crop of sweet, juicy and delicious red cherry tomatoes which keeps on producing throughout the summer. This variety is easy to grow both outdoors and under glass.
|When to Sow
|Sow indoors February to April, delay sowing for outdoor crops until late March /April.
|Where to Sow
|Tomatoes prefer fertile well drained soil. Tumbling Tom Red tomatoes can be grown either in a greenhouse or outside, in a sunny sheltered position either in a large pot/container or a hanging basket.
|Sow seeds 0.5cm (1/4in) deep, in modules or trays filled with moist compost and place in a warm light position such as a south facing windowsill or where temperature is 18–21°C (65 to 70°F).
|What to do Next
When the seedlings are about 15cm (6in) high, transplant to their final growing positions, planting 40cm (16in) apart or 2 to 3 plants per grow bag/container.
If the plants are to be grown outdoors they should be hardened of for 7 to 10 days, after the date of the last frost, prior to transplanting.
|Water well to keep the compost evenly and consistently moist and keep weed free.
|When the first fruits start to form, feed with a liquid fertiliser (high in potash) and every 2 to 3 weeks up until the end of August.
|July to October.
|Pick fruits before first frosts. If tomatoes are still green, pick and leave on a warm windowsill for them to ripen.
|Good companions: Basil, chives, garlic, marigolds, nasturtium, parsley.
|Bad Companions: Brassicas, sweetcorn, potato and fennel.
|Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants and are rich in Vitamins A and C and lycopene, all helping to stimulate your body’s immune system.
|Tomatoes are extremely versatile , eaten both cooked and raw. They can be sliced in a sandwich, eaten whole in a salad, chopped and cooked in various sauces, or if a bigger variety, they can be stuffed and baked. The unripened green fruits can also be used in a tomato chutney.
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