|Latin name:||Solanum lycopersicon ‘Tumbling Tom Red’|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Harvesting:||June - October|
Water your Bakker plants immediately upon receipt. If not planning on immediate planting out, take them out of their packaging and store them in a shady place. They must under no circumstance, dry out.
Take your tomato plants carefully out of the nursery pots and plant immediately into the tomato hanger using fresh and fertile potting compost. Fill with potting compost to 3 cm under the edge (room for watering), press firmly in and water immediately.
Allow the plants to acclimatise for the first few days - keep them out of the sun in a shady place. After 5-6 days, hang your tomato grower where you want it to hang, even if it is in the sun.
Water your tomato plant only when it feels dry. While the plant is still growing, feed once or twice a week with tomato food.
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.
These round, red tomatoes will appear profusely on the vine.
So delicious to be able to pluck a ripe tomato off the vine and eat it! Suitable for a large planter on patio or decking too!
The first tomatoes came to Europe (Italy) from South America in the early 1500s but it took until the 19th century before it was grown commercially at all. It has since grown to be the most important vegetable of them all.
Tomatoes are good for you and contain among other things phosphorus, potassium, Vit. C and carotene.