Tomato Seeds De Ree



* Varieties may vary

Although we believe that the prospect of growing and picking their own delicious tomatoes is one of the main reasons many people invest in a greenhouse, the good news is you do not require one, as the plants will usually do well, even in unpredictable British summers, especially when given a warm sheltered spot, plenty of moisture and good feeding. Seed will, however, need to be started indoors, whether on a warm windowsill, in a propagator or warm greenhouse. We feel a warm kitchen windowsill is as good a place as any to start this rewarding crop. It still surprises us a little just how quickly tomato seedlings grow and the impressive size they reach in just a few weeks.

Determinate¬†varieties are often called ‘bush’ tomatoes and are usually grown outside rather than in the greenhouse. They have a lax, sprawling habit and can be grown either direct in the soil (a little straw under the ripening fruit will help keep them clean) or in containers. Some have been bred specially for hanging baskets. Fruits tend to be small to medium, but often ripen earlier than varieties bred mainly for greenhouse growing. The plants do not require any help other than watering and feeding.

Indeterminate¬†(cordon) varieties are often called ‘greenhouse’ tomatoes, but this is a little misleading, as most will also produce a good crop outside in a favourable position. Their growth needs to be controlled by providing the plants with support, either from canes or wires, pinching out sideshoots so energy is not wasted on unnecessary growth, and pinching out the growing tip when fi ve or six trusses (bunches) have set.