It’s time to sow tomato seed and get your tomato patch off to a flying start. There are lots of tasty tomato varieties to choose from, including flavour packed bite sized cherry tomatoes and large juicy beefsteak tomatoes. For a medium apricot sized tomato, try growing Yates® Tomato ‘Tommy Toe’. They’re renowned for their flavour and are ideal for salads.
Yates® Tomato ‘Tommy Toe’ has apricot sized, excellent tasting bright red fruit. It’s a tall grower that must be staked and is best grown in a well-drained vegie patch in full sun.
‘Tommy Toe’ seeds can be sown direct where they are to grow or seedlings raised in punnets of Yates Seed Raising Mix and transplanted when they’re around 5 cm high. Only transplant seedlings into the vegie patch once the risk of frost has passed.
For best results, dig some Yates Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the soil before sowing seed or transplanting seedlings. This adds valuable organic matter to the soil, improves soil structure and attracts earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms.
Once the seedlings are established, each week apply a tomato specific plant food, like Yates Thrive® Tomato Liquid Plant Food, to help promote healthy leaf growth as well as lots of flowers that will turn into delicious, juicy tomatoes.
You can start picking your very own Tommy Toe tomatoes only 10 weeks after sowing seed.
Green thumb tip: Tommy Toe is an ‘indeterminate’ tomato. Indeterminate tomatoes are tall growers (versus determinate tomatoes which are ‘bush’ type tomatoes) and will continue to grow and produce fruit throughout the growing season. To help improve tomato yields and reduce the incidence of disease, ‘suckers’ along the stems of indeterminate tomatoes can be removed. Suckers (pictured above) are the small shoots that develop between the main stem and side branches. Pinching these off reduces excess leafy growth and allows more sunlight into the plant.