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Tomato 'Tumbling Tom' Seeds | Solanum Lycopersicum | By Mr Fothergills

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Tomato "Tumbling Tom" Red Seeds | Mr Fothergill's

Our solanum lycopersicum Tomato "Tumbling Tom" red seeds are ideal for growing in baskets, containers, and window boxes. These plants produce early abundant yields of sweet, medium-sized cherry tomatoes throughout the summer that can be used in salads, sandwiches, and cooking. This compact bush variety can be grown both outdoors and in a greenhouse, and has a trailing habit that will cascade beautifully over the edges of containers. It is easy to grow with no side shooting or training required, and will grow to a determinate length.

We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.

Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos and we have done everything we can to ensure that all of our products are as sustainable as possible, be it our plastic free, fully recyclable packaging, GM free seeds or ethically sourced compost.

  • No. Seeds Per Pack: 15
  • Sow Indoors: March - April
  • Sow Outdoors: March - April
  • Location: Full Sun
  • Harvest Time: August - October
  • Hardiness: Half-Hardy Annual

Seeds Jargon

  • F1 Hybrids: hybrid seeds are produced from two specially selected varieties that are kept in isolation. As they are produced from only two plants, seeds are almost identical genetically.
  • Open Pollinated: open pollinated plants aren't isolated from other varieties, so are more genetically diverse.
  • Heirloom: heirloom seeds are historic, some going back to Victorian times, others more recent. Heirloom varieties can be good or bad, depending on how careful the breeder is to maintain genetic similarity.

Hybrids vs Open Pollinated

As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.

Annual, Biennial and Perennial

Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.

Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender

Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.

Tomatoes easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: this species is half-hardy and needs protection from frost.
  • Planting In Pots: suitable for growing in pots 30cm (12in) deep or larger.
  • Position: place in full sun for best results.
  • Soil Types: sow in fertile compost for optimal growth.

Germination Requirements: temperature must be around 21°C, protect from frost and cold winds.

Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sprinkle thinly and over with a fine layer of compost, or sow two seeds into a 7.5cm (3in) pot.

Planting Distance (Ground): plant 45cm (18in) apart, leaving 75cm (30in) between rows.

Soil Preparation: remove weeds and large stones, dig in plenty of compost or manure during the winter, add fertiliser before planting.

Thinning: thin after germination so there is one plant per 7.5cm (3in) pot, or equivalent.

Pest Control: protect from birds and insects using row covers or copper rings.

Watering Requirements: water little and often for best results.

More Information
Common Name Tomato
Harvest Month August, September, October
Is Collection/Mix? No
Plant Family Solanaceae
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
Type Tomato
Veg Type Vegetable
Supplied As Seed Packet
Type Vegetable Plants
Sale Category Seeds
Spring Checklist Seeds
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