|Tomato plug plants – are the quick and easy way to grow your own tomatoes this season. Just pop them into a pot of potting or multi-purpose compost and they’re ready to go.
Tomato plug plants are best bought in April – June and established under cover or indoors in pots before planting out in grow bags, containers and the greenhouse. Plant outside after the last frost in your area.
The Benefits of Plug Plants
|The easiest and quickest way to grow tomatoes is to start with tomato plug plants. Small plants that have already been grown to a manageable size and perfect for potting into 3.5 inch 9cm pots.
These plants are started in nursery conditions with all the care and attention that you would give to your own seedlings, but without the fuss of having to germinate the seedlings yourself.
|Tumbling Tom plants are available too. These are cherry size bush varieties and great for containers. They come in both red and yellow – fabulous in salads.
Last season I grew both colours and was surprised at the difference in taste between the two. The red are sweet and the yellow have a slightly more complex flavour – a taste for the connoisseur.
Cherry/bush tomatoes are among the easiest to grow because they have less growing to do – a great choice for large pots, containers and hanging baskets.
Tumbling Tom Red (above) is a cascading variety and Sungold, a tall variety, is one of the sweetest cherry tomatoes available and once you’ve tasted them they could be one of your favourites too!
There are also the great favourites like Moneymaker, Alicante and Golden Sunrise available and if you fancy a tall cherry variety, why not try something different like Black Cherry – they taste great and a real talking point when you serve them to friends and family in a summer salad!
|A few tips for successful tomatoes…
Grafted Plug Plants
There are now grafted plants available. These are the usual varieties we all know and love, such as Shirley, Gardener’s Delight and Sungold but grown on disease resistant and vigorous rootstock.
This means that the plants should produce more tomatoes and earlier in the season. They are also less likely to be affected by soil-borne diseases, which means that you can plant them in the same place each season – very useful for the greenhouse grower!
Pot ready plug plants are similar and are often at a more advanced stage of growth – ready for the pot as it were!