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 tricks 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!

Please find below our list of Tomatoes we are selling this year.  They are supplied in 9cm pots, priced at 6 for £15, or £2.75 each. 

Tomatoes are available in 9cm pots from March to early June only.  They will be available as ready-planted hanging baskets from mid June into August.


A quick reference guide to the tomato varieties we're growing in 2024
2024 tomato matrix.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 30.2 KB

***  the information below is being updated for spring 2024 ***

Trailing tomatoes for growing in hanging baskets
tomatoes basket 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.0 MB
Dwarf varieties, growing up to 2ft tall
tomatoes dwarf 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 471.8 KB
Medium height varieties, usually 2-4ft tall
tomatoes medium height
pub File 960.0 KB
Cherry tomatoes - tall plants
tomatoes tall cherry 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 810.8 KB
Mini plum tomatoes - tall plants
tomatoes tall cherry plum 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 307.6 KB
Regular, round tomatoes
tomatoes tall regular 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 276.6 KB
Beef tomatoes, the big tasty ones
tomatoes beef 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 338.4 KB
Plum tomatoes, especially good for cooking & sauces
tomatoes plum 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 292.7 KB
Some of our unusual tomato varieties
tomatoes unusual 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.1 MB
Even more of our unusual tomatoes, so many we had to have a second page to show how amazing tomatoes really are
tomatoes unusual PART 2 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.4 MB
Tomato varieties particularly suited to cooler and more exposed conditions
tomatoes cool conditions 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 102.8 KB
Tomato varieties for hotter conditions
tomatoes hot conditions.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 58.6 KB
Tomato varieties that have good tolerance to late blight
tomatoes blight resistant 2022.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 82.1 KB
Tomato Growing Guide
Our complete guide to growing tomatoes
multi page pdf.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.3 MB

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