Supplied in nursery pot size Ø 9 cm.
|Latin name:||Solanum lycopersicum 'Red Bell'|
|Delivery type:||Delivered as plant in nursery pot|
|Guarantee:||100% growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Harvesting:||June - October|
|Growing Height:||45 - 90 cm|
Plant Tomato 'Red Bell' in a pot filled with fresh potting soil after receiving it from us. The main harvest should be grown in a greenhouse or conservatory since heat is needed. For outdoor cultivation, special bags are available to trap the heat - they can be used from September onwards. The tomato plant is sensitive to frost so beware of this in early spring.
Always provide the Tomato 'Red Bell' with enough water. It is better to be too wet than too dry. Add plant food to the water regularly or fertilise with special tomato fertiliser. Tomatoes are best when they fully ripen on the plant. In September, cut off any leaves that hide the fruits so that the tomatoes can get a better colour. Any still green fruit can even ripen on the windowsill. Tomato 'Red Bell' is bushy and compact, so it doesn't need any support.
Use both hands when harvesting to avoid damaging the plant. Using a sharp knife just cut the fruit loose - either the whole bunch or just one tomato at a time. The longer you leave them hanging, the redder (or one of the other colours) they will become. Outdoor plants should yield 5-8 trusses per plant. In the greenhouse, you can get as much as 2 or 3 times more than that. You can also pick the tomatoes and allow them to ripen on the window-sill. This provides energy to the plant which allows the plant to produce new fruit giving you a bigger harvest. At the end of the season, it's great to just harvest all the green ones and either let them ripen indoors or perhaps use them for your favourite chutney.
Tomato 'Red Bell' is a compact plant that produces small cherry tomatoes. The round, red tomatoes look great on the plant and look so fresh that they are tempting to eat right away! This plant is very suitable for a large flower pot on the patio or decking. The first tomato came to Europe via Italy from South America around 1500. It was in the 19th century that the tomato was no longer cultivated on a small scale, as it is now the most important fruit in the world. Tomatoes are very healthy and include phosphorus, potassium, vitamin C and carotene.