Tomato

Type: Vegetable

Varieties

Alicante

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Delicious fruit of medium size. A normal, good, red tomato.

Cerise

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A small sweet red cherry tomato

Costoluto

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Italian favourite renowned for its flavour. The large irregular ribbed fruits are ideal for salads or for slicing in sandwiches.

Gardener's Delight

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A popular established favourite with large cherry sized fruits and a great sweet flavour

Legend

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Blight resistant. Beefsteak.

Marmande

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Large irregular shaped Beefsteak with delicious flavour and few seeds. Suitable for greenhouse or outside.

Matina

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Medium sized. Greenback free.

Moneymaker

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Popular. Easy to grow, standard tomato.

Red Pear

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An unusual variety producing many clusters of small, teardrop shaped, delicious sweet red fruits

San Marzano

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The blocky, plum shaped, fleshy fruits are a classic addition to Italian foods. Great when eaten raw or used for puree and sauces

Tamina

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Medium size, large crop. Suitable for greenhouses or outside. Early ripening with outstanding taste.

Tigerella

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A particularly good flavour from a standard sized variety with unusual orange yellow stripes.

Roma

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Italian, plum shaped tomato.

Symptoms and their Causes

Hard green areas on the ‘shoulder’ of the fruit: This is known as greenback. These areas remain hard and unpalatable as the rest of the fruit ripens. The causes are usually excess light, high temperatures, and/or insufficient feeding.

Blotchy ripening and internal areas of white or yellowish tissue: Known as whitewall, the causes, as for greenback, are usually excess light, high temperatures, and/or insufficient feeding.

Black sunken area at the bottom of the fruit: Calcium deficiency in the fruit, usually caused by irregular watering.

Splits and cracks in the fruit: Usually caused by variable water supply.