Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tomatoes in the greenhouse

Greenhouse tomatoes

Today I have planted out 3 types of tomato in the greenhouse: Beeksteak, Cossack and Sungold. I have a 4th variety - staying under glass for now - Orkado, which will be planted outside once frost danger has passed. I've pasted some descriptive notes below.

If you look very carefully, in the foreground, you will see the companion planting of French Marigolds and between the tomatoes the early salad leaves. Tomatoes still in pots are the Orkado to go out eventually.

TOMATO Beefsteak – In or Out
Large, juicy beefsteak tomatoes! The vigorous plants are ideal for an unheated greenhouse

TOMATO Cossack
Cordon. In or out
Similar to ‘Moneymaker’ in fruit size, Tomato ‘Cossack’ produces good crops of round, greenback-free fruits, weighing75g (2½oz) each. The first trusses of this F1 hybrid are early to ripen, and good resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Fusarium and Cladosporium, makes this an excellent garden variety. Suitable for cultivating as a cordon outdoors or under glass

Cordon.  Outdoor
This superb outdoor cordon variety is perfect for growing in unpredictable British summers. The trusses of Tomato ‘Orkado’ are early to ripen, bearing an average of 8 round, deep red fruits per truss. The firm, well-flavoured, medium sized fruits, each weighing up to 140g (5oz), resist splitting and are ideal for slicing.

TOMATO Sungold
Cordon.  Inside
An outstanding cordon cherry tomato for glasshouse or outdoor culture. Tomato ‘Sungold’ has an exceptionally high sugar content, that easily rivals ‘Gardeners Delight’, making its attractive, golden-orange fruit irresistibly sweet and juicy.

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