Tomato Time

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Grow an Australian favourite

Delicious Grosse Lisse tomatoes have been enjoyed for more than 150 years and are still one of Australia’s favourite tomatoes.

Yates® Grosse Lisse Tomato is a heavy yielding tomato that has large round juicy red fruit. It’s a tall growing, vigorous variety that will need staking. It can be grown in a sunny garden bed and also containers, so balcony and courtyard gardeners don’t need to miss out on growing this tasty variety.

Here’s how to get your Yates Grosse Lisse Tomatoes started:

  1. Seed can be sown direct into a vegie patch that’s had the soil enriched with some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser or sown into seedling punnets filled with a good quality seed raising mix like Yates Seed Raising Mix.
  2. Sow seed 6 mm deep, cover with seed raising mix and water gently.
  3. Keep the mix moist and seedlings will start to emerge in around 6 – 12 days.
  4. For seedlings raised in punnets they can be transplanted into their final home, in either a garden bed or a container, when they’re 5 – 7 cm tall. Only transplant out once there will be no more frosts!
  5. In a fortnight, start feeding each week with Yates Thrive® Tomato Liquid Plant Food, which will provide the tomatoes with a balanced diet of nutrients to promote lots of healthy growth and encourage lots of flowers which will turn into delicious fruit.

Green thumb tip: Tomatoes are prone to a disease called blossom end rot, which causes a sunken, decaying area on the end of the fruit. Although it is a disease, it’s caused by lack of access to regular water and calcium.

Two ways to help prevent tomato blossom end rot are to keep soil consistently moist during the growing season and apply some Yates® Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite to the soil. It is a concentrated source of calcium which can help reduce the chances of blossom end rot. Don’t be put off by the product name – it’s fine for tomatoes!

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