April is the Last Chance for Sowing Tomato Seeds
If you haven’t already sown your first batch of seeds, now is the time. April is a good month to sow because the weather is more favorable than earlier in the spring.
However, April is also the last opportunity for those who live in short season areas, like the UK, to get those seeds germinating. Seeds that are sown in May probably won’t produce plants that mature in time before the end of the season.
If you get the urge to sow at the beginning of May, you would need to choose a variety that is quick to mature – for me this is Red Alert. This variety is quicker (in my garden) than any other variety I’ve tried – and I’ve tried a few!
Tomato plants are fussy things and a variety that grows well in my area may not produce the same results where you live.
There is one variety I’ve grown, that can compete with Red Alert for earliness and taste, and it is Tumbler F1.
For some reason, Tumbler F1 has become less popular over the past few years and replaced by Tumbling Tom which is still a tumbling type, but less expensive to buy. I guess the price of the seeds is the reason for Tumbler’s Decline.
Tomato Plug Plants – Pot Ready Plants
If you are reading this in May and you want to grow tomatoes this season, you could buy tomato plug plants at a garden centre or by post. This is a very good option for those who’ve missed the “sow by date” or have little time to fuss with seeds but would like to grow their own tomatoes – albeit from the small plant stage.
For more about plug plants and pot ready plants, please go to the tomato plug plants page.
It would be great to know which tomato varieties that you have found mature early, and the area in which you live – please leave a comment below if you wish.