Tomato Super Marmande
Super Marmande is a French heritage variety and classic beefsteak tomato which is firm fleshed, meaty and full flavoured.
The irregular scarlet-red Super Marmande tomato is touched with pink on the shoulder and averages 160 to 180g in weight. The semi bush variety is easy to grow either in a greenhouse or outdoors and will require some support for the heavy fruit.
Ideal grilled, fried, sliced on sandwiches or with mozzarella and olive oil, this a tomato to impress your friends......
|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. Can be grown either in a greenhouse or outside, in a sunny sheltered position e.g. up against a wall or garage, either in a bed, large pot/container or in grow bags.|
|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 if in a bed 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.
|Erect support as soon as possible, either with canes or metal spiral supports at least 2m (6.5ft) tall. Tie in the main stem to the support as it grows.|
|Water well to keep the compost evenly and consistently moist and keep weed free.|
|Remove, 'pinch out', side shoots which appear between the leaf and main stem and once 5 to 6 trusses have set remove the growing tip to ensure the plant focuses its energy on ensuring the remaining fruits mature and ripen.|
|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.|
|Harvest||July to October.|
|Handy Tips||Try potting up side shoots as soon as they are removed, they should develop roots easily and will give you some additional plants.|
|Pick fruits before first frosts. If tomatoes are still green, pick and leave on a warm windowsill for them to ripen.|
|Companion Planting||Good companions: Basil, chives, garlic, marigolds, nasturtium, parsley.|
|Bad Companions: Brassicas, sweetcorn, potato and fennel.|
|Nutritional Information||Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants and are rich in Vitamins A and C and lycopene, all helping to stimulate your body’s immune system.|
|Serving Suggestion||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.|