That's why we're offering this cute 'grow-your-own' set for organic 'Cerise' tomatoes. The pack contains everything you need: a grow-bag, potting compost, a pack of tomato seeds and a label with clear instructions on how to grow-your-own.
With all of this, you too can grow-your-own fresh cherry tomatoes on your windowsill!
The fabulous cherry tomato will give you a great harvest of small, sweet and deliciously flavoursome fruit. They make a tasty bite as they are, or in salads and all sorts of Mediterranean (pasta) dishes.
Jute grow-bag with handy hanger - approx. 24 cm high.
|Latin name:||Solanum lycopersicum 'Cerise'|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Harvesting:||July - October|
|Flowering:||May - September|
|Growing Height:||60 - 80 cm|
Tomato seeds require no prior treatment although steeping them in lukewarm water for 12 hours encourages germination.
How to Sow
Tomato plants love the heat and can be sown indoors in a mini greenhouse (or in a simple seeding 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 provide 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.
Pour the soil loosely into the grow-bag and plant 4-6 seeds around 2 mm deep in the soil. Stand your windowsill garden in a warm, light spot. Spray regularly to keep the soil moist.
Once the plants are 4 weeks old, add some organic plant food to your watering can.
NB: The grow-bag is not 100% waterproof and may leak so stand it on a saucer to catch excess water.
Instructions for use:
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.
Contents: special potting compost and a pack of seeds.