Tomato ‘Flamingo’

Family: Solanaceae

Tomato ‘Flamingo’ (Solanum lycopersicum ‘Flamingo’) is an intermediate (cordon) tomato that produces these rather lovely mini plum tomatoes in a quaint cherry-red colour.

From February to April (in the UK), ‘Flamingo’ tomato seeds can be sown inside a warm glasshouse, polytunnel, conservatory, or on a particularly bright and sunny windowsill.  When sowing tomato seeds and growing seedlings on, it’s important to be able to provide your plants with sufficient light (ideally from above), as bright light is needed to produce strong stocky plants and prevent your plants from becoming leggy.

I’ve tried growing tomatoes in shaded conditions and it just doesn’t work (the result is thin plants that sprawl towards the light); so look for a bright and sunny area and sow your tomato seeds inside a glasshouse, polytunnel, or conservatory, if you can.

If you have sufficient space, ‘Flamingo’ tomatoes will thrive, grown to full size within the warmth and the protection of a glasshouse, polytunnel, or conservatory.  However, once all risk of frost has passed, (from the end of May until the middle of June – in the UK) ‘Flamingo’ tomatoes can also be grown outside in gardens or allotments, where these plants will grow happily planted in beds and borders, or grown in raised beds or containers.

This year, I sowed ‘Flamingo’ tomatoes inside my glasshouse.  At the end of May, when all risk of frost had passed, my ‘Flamingo’ plants moved outside to my garden, where they thrived.  I enjoyed growing ‘Flamingo’ tomatoes.  I relished the sweet flavour of my ‘Flamingo’ mini plum tomatoes; I will definitely grow this variety again.

There’s absolutely no need to use peat to grow tomatoes.  Top quality tomatoes are grown in peat-free composts.  Tomato plants flourish grown in containers filled with peat-free composts or planted in a bed or border that’s mulched with peat-free compost.

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