Tomato Time

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Home grown Aussie 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 support with some stakes or a tomato cage. 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 tomato.

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 soil or seed raising 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.
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Preventing tomato blossom end rot

Tomatoes can be prone to a condition called blossom end rot, which causes a sunken, decaying area on the end of the fruit. It’s caused by lack of access to regular water and calcium. With many areas across Australia in drought and continuing dry conditions forecast, it will be important for home tomato growers to implement some blossom end rot prevention techniques.

1. Keep the soil or potting mix around tomato plants consistently moist. Potted plants will dry out more rapidly than in-ground tomatoes. To enable more even and effective penetration of moisture down into the tomato plant root zone, apply a soil wetting agent like Yates® Waterwise® Soil Wetter.

2. Spread a 3 – 5 cm layer of mulch around the tomato plants, which helps reduce moisture loss from the soil. Organic mulches like sugar cane, Lucerne or pea straw are ideal and an added benefit is that they will add beneficial organic matter to the soil as they break down.

3. Apply some Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite around the plants. 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! It’s easy to mix into a watering can and apply over the soil.

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