PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Lycopersicon esculentum 'Marmande'|
|Medium-sized beefsteak-type tomatoes growing on sturdy vines. A wonderful, full flavour... an essential ingredient for authentic Mediterranean-style recipes and salads!|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Sow Feb-Mar for greenhouse plants, Mar-Apr if growing outdoors. Sow thinly onto the surface of damp seed compost, barely covering with a little vermiculite or compost. Germinate in a propagator or sealed plastic bag at 59-68F/15-20C, which usually takes 7-14 days. Transplant into 3in pots when large enough to handle and grow on under glass, moving into growbags, 9-10in pots or directly into the greenhouse soil in late May for greenhouse growing. Wait until June, or when all risk of frost has passed, for outside planting, which can be in growbags, large pots or directly into the soil. In either case, provide adequate support for the plants. Pinch out side shoots as they appear and stop plants when they have set 6-7 trusses under glass, less outside. Apply tomato feed as per manufacturers' instructions throughout the growing season. Tomato cultivation is a big subject - these instructions are the bare bones! Note: Outdoor tomatoes are more liable to succumb to blight.|