Transpiration in Tomato Plants

Transpiration in Tomato Plants – water evaporates through a plant’s leaves and is replaced by water absorbed through a plant’s roots – in an unbroken flow.   Why this is important for our plants If moisture is unable to evaporate … Read More

Petals & Sepals

Tomato Plant Petals and Sepals One of the interesting characteristics of tomato plants is that their flowers are not only different in size, depending on the variety, but also different in the number of sepals each variety has. The sepals … Read More

Talking Tomatoes Four

Talking Tomatoes – One Plant Two Varieties or Colours!After last week’s look at rootstock and grafting, one of the Newsletter readers (Nick from Stirchley) suggested the possibility of grafting two different plant varieties onto one rootstock. This would have the … Read More

Choosing Tomato Plants with Disease Resistance

Professional tomato growers are very conscious of the diseases that are likely to affect their plants. If growing outside each season, and in the same soil, a grower will have a good idea “what lurks beneath!” and how to combat … Read More

Talking Tomatoes Two

Twenty Years AgoIf you had visited the “tomato plants” area of a garden centre twenty years ago, you would have seen mainly tall, cordon varieties for sale such as the old favourites Moneymaker, Alicante, Ailsa Graig and Gardener’s Delight with … Read More

Heirloom and Open Pollinated Varieties

Heirloom and Open Pollinated Varieties To be considered an heirloom, a variety should have been around at least 50 years and be open-pollinated. An open-pollinated variety holds on to the parents characteristics generation after generation. This is important if you … Read More

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