Cherry Tomato 'Heartbreaker® Vita F1'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Heartbreaker® Vita F1'

Cherry Tomato 'Heartbreaker® Vita F1'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Heartbreaker® Vita F1'
An easily grown tomato for patio or decking!
The heart shaped Cherry tomatoHeartbreaker® 'Vita'F1 hybrid (Solanum lycopersicum) is a compact growing plant suitable for growing in pots or in the garden. This delicious tomato gives a rich harvest of fruit approx. 11-12 gr each. Plant this tomato variety in full sun. Heartbreaker® 'Vita' F1 hybrid will stay fairly low (45-50 cm) and bushy so is perfect in a pot and ideal on patio or decking.

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Cherry Tomato  'Heartbreaker® Vita F1'
Specifications+
Edible: Yes
Cutting flowers: No
Grafted: No
Green stayer: No
Guarantee: 1 year growth and flowering guarantee
Hardy plants: No
Harvesting: July - October
Latin name: Solanum lycopersicum 'Heartbreaker® Vita F1'
Leafs all year: No
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Self polinating: No
Planting+

Tomato seeds require no prior treatment although steeping them in lukewarm water for 12 hours encourages germination.

How to Sow

Sow from March to May under glass.

Tomato plants love the heat and can be sown indoors in a mini greenhouse (or in a simple seedling tray) or in the greenhouse from the beginning of March.
Combining the use of turf pots filled with good potting compost and a mini greenhouse is the easiest. Perfect if you can also give some heat on the bottom of the tray or mini greenhouse. Use 1 seed per pot, planted 0.5 cm deep and covered with some potting compost, then stand them on a sunny window sill. Depending on temperature they should germinate within 10 days, after which you can reduce humidity in the mini greenhouse by opening the slides (or pricking through the plastic held up by bamboo skewers covering the tray). After 5 days, the seedlings will then be acclimatised and they can be potted up to larger pots.
 

Care+

Your tomato plants can go outdoors when all chance of frost is passed and night temperatures are above 12° C. Do harden off first – gradually acclimatise them to being outside by standing them in the shade outdoors for one hour longer every day for a week. After a week, pot up – a large pot may contain up to 3 plants. Stand the pots in full sun.
When planting in the garden, choose a sheltered sunny spot and plant your tomatoes in a row at 70 cm apart. Tie each plant to a cane. Remove side shoots to encourage growth upwards. Tie up new growth and remove other new side shoots weekly. (Shrub forming or hanging tomatoes require neither cane nor removal of shoots.) Tomatoes grown outdoors need all the energy to go to the growing tip and for the formation of the flowers to produce fruit.

Tomatoes generally pollinate themselves but (bumble) bees will help too. Giving the plant a bit of a shake helps too – just shake the main stem or cane – but be careful not to damage the plant. The fruits will soon appear. When the first bunches of fruit appear, remove the lower leaves to encourage growth. Tomatoes also thrive with a regular feed of Bakker's tomato fertiliser! Tomatoes in the greenhouse usually grow taller so will require longer canes or even twine stretched from root to roof.
Try not to wet the plant when watering – best is to water the soil. Water extra in periods of drought, keep the beds free of weed and your plants will thrive.
 

Harvesting

June – October.
Use two hands to harvest if you want to avoid damaging the plant. Just cut the fruit loose with a sharp knife - 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 bunches 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 turn red on the window sill. This allows the plant to make new fruit and give you a bigger harvest. At the end of the season, it's great to just harvest all the green ones and either let them turn red indoors or perhaps pickle them.
 

Extra+

Tomatoes thrive in the greenhouse but also grow very well outdoors in a warm, sheltered spot. Tomatoes came here with the Spanish Main from South America and then proceeded to conquer the world. They tend to creep but look for support so the stem needs help to grow strong.

Compact varieties do fine in pots. Those grown in the greenhouse can easily reach 2 metres in height, the same varieties will be less tall outdoors. Canes of 1.5 metres are usually sufficient – use twine twisted along the main stem from root to roof, for any extra height in the greenhouse.
 

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