The humble tomato.  Most people only know the few red varieties that are found lurking in the vegetable aisle of the supermarket.  They frequently moan that these are watery and tasteless, and they just don't taste like the tomatoes they remember from years ago.  This is because the supermarkets just aren't interested in tomatoes that don't have thick skins to survive the rigours of mechanical handing and long distance transport or that don't all ripen at the same time to make picking more efficient.

 

It is this love of tasty tomatoes that drives us to grow such a wide range of tomatoes.  This year we have over 250 varieties, most of which are heirloom varieties, the rare and unusual sorts from all around the world, some even dating back to the 1800's. I know, 250 is a huge choice, but did you know that there are currently over 7500 recognised tomato varieties?  Crazy, but true...

 

So how do you know which variety is the right one for you?  Well, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself to work out where to start:

 

Where are you growing them?  In baskets?  In pots / growbags?  In a greenhouse?  Outside in the ground?  Trailing or dwarf varieties are best for baskets or pots raised off the ground.  If your greenhouse limits the height of the plants, go for medium height ones (same again if the site is windy and the plants can get blown over).  Virtually all our varieties can be grown under glass or outside.

 

What do you want to use them for?  If you want to make your own sauces and ketchups, the larger ones are the best.  Beefsteaks and plums tend to have a more dense flesh and less seeds, meaning the sauce will be thicker and won't take so long to simmer down nicely.  If you want  to slice them for sandwiches, then the standard round ones make life easy, with the beefsteaks giving you a sandwich filler with one slice (or an amazing caprese salad).  We have virtually hollow ones that are great for stuffing, other that make fantastic sundried tomatoes, and of course, plenty of bite-sized ones great for snacking on.  

 

 

Below are the cards we have on display at events that show all the varieties we grow, along with the 'tomato matrix' that acts as a quick reference guide to finding the right colour / size / shape / height tomato that people ask us for.

 

And finally, there is a 13-page guide to growing tomatoes that you can download / print.  I sat down and had a think about all the things I've ever been asked about growing tomatoes, and this is what I came up with, all the little things I've picked up along the way, having watched my mum and her father grow tomatoes as far back as I can remember.  There is no absolutely right or absolutely wrong way to grow tomatoes (or any other vegetable), so if you find a way that works for you, then stick with it!

2019 tomato matrix
A guide showing all our tomato varieties grown in 2019
tomato matrix publish-converted.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 37.1 KB
Basket tomatoes
Tomatoes suitable for growing in hanging baskets
tomatoes basket.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.1 MB
Basket tomato kit
A complete kit with everything you will need to grow a tomato plant in a hanging basket
tomato basket kit.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 466.5 KB
Dwarf tomatoes
Dwarf tomatoes, growing up to 2ft tall
tomatoes dwarf.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 376.9 KB
Medium height tomatoes
Tomatoes usually growing 2ft to 4ft tall
tomatoes medium height.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 376.7 KB
Tomatoes for cool conditions
Tomato varieties particularly suited to cooler and more exposed conditions
tomatoes cool conditions.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 103.4 KB
Tomatoes for hotter conditions
Tomato varieties particularly suited to hotter conditions
tomatoes hot conditions.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 58.7 KB
Blight resistant tomatoes
Tomato varieties that have shown good tolerance to late blight
tomatoes blight resistant.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 80.3 KB
Unusual tomatoes
The most unusual varieties we are growing this year
tomatoes unusual.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 890.4 KB
Beef tomatoes
Our largest tomatoes
tomatoes beef.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 344.3 KB
Plum tomatoes
Plum and elongated tomato varieties
tomatoes plum.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 302.1 KB
Cherry plum tomatoes
Our smallest plum tomato varietes
tomatoes tall cherry plum.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 294.0 KB
Cherry tomatoes
Cherry tomato varieties
tomatoes tall cherry.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 832.2 KB
Regular round tomatoes
Regular round tomato varieties
tomatoes tall regular.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 283.8 KB
Tomato Growing Guide
Our complete guide to growing tomatoes
multi page pdf.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.3 MB

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