Sow these tomato seeds now to grow the tastiest tomatoes this summer!
Every year, I trial new plants and products in my quest to discover the top performing composts and the tastiest and most productive edible plants.
Last year, the Quadgrow Self Watering Planter performed exceptionally well in my Trials. Growing tomatoes is easy with the Quadgrow; simply top up the Quadgrow’s 30l reservoir with Nutrigrow and water and the planter will automatically water and fertilise your plants for around two weeks. My Quadgrow-grown tomato plants required less effort and they also produced the largest harvest in my Tomato Compost Trial.
Of the traditional composts in this Tomato Compost Trial, Dalefoot Composts triumphed taking second, third, and fourth place; hot on Dalefoot’s tails, Melcourt SylvaGrow® took fifth place. While New Horizon lagged further behind, producing the lowest harvest and taking sixth position.
I grew a wide range tomato varieties last year. I scoured the seed catalogues and grew all of the tomatoes that were described as having the best or most pronounced flavour. In my taste tests, I was surprised by the delicious flavours that a number of my trialled tomatoes were blessed with; just as I was disappointed by the bland taste of some of the other tomatoes I grew.
The best tasting cherry tomatoes from my Tomato Taste Trial were….
‘Rosella’ is a deep burnished burgundy coloured, sweet and juicy cherry tomato with a fresh grape-like flavour and the distinctive aroma of wine.
‘Flamingo’ is a red, mini plum tomato with a sweet and tangy flavour. This meaty tomato has a delightfully smooth texture.
Tomato ‘Irish Gardener’s Delight’
Tomatoes are tender plants, they need to be grown in a warm environment, a glasshouse, polytunnel, or conservatory is ideal, but you can also grow tomatoes on particularly bright and sunny windowsills.
There are various methods you can use to sow tomato seeds. Traditionally, a seed tray is used, but seeds can also be sown together in bulk, in one small container of compost. The seedlings grown using these methods will need to be separated and potted on into fresh compost, within a few weeks of germination.
Alternatively, use a small pot, add a base layer of peat-free compost (I use Dalefoot Wool Potting Compost), and a top layer of peat-free seed compost (I use Dalefoot Wool Compost for Seeds) and sow one seed per pot. This method will save you needing to pot your seedlings on again for six weeks.
Tomato seeds can be expensive. Once your tomato plants get going, you can increase your stock by using the side shoots as cuttings.
This article was first published in the March 2021 edition of Vantage Point Magazine.
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