THOMPSON AND MORGAN TOMATO SHIMMER
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Let Tomato ‘Shimmer’ F1 Hybrid add some glamour to your salad bowl with its unique red and green marked skin which gives it an overall glitzy bronze-tinge. These attractive plum/cocktail fruits have a distinctive almond shape, a juicy texture and wonderful flavour. What’s more, they’re a great source of vitamins and antioxidants too. Ideal for growing in the greenhouse or outdoors, enjoy picking a rewarding yield of these beautiful tomatoes throughout the summer to add to salads and side dishes. They’re just as good in any source, soup or as part of a rustic Mediterranean dish. Height: 2m (79”). Spread: 50cm (20”).
Cordon Companion planting: Try growing tomatoes with French marigolds to deter whitefly, and basil, chives or mint to deter aphids and other pests.
For greenhouse cultivation: sow from February to April.
For outdoor cultivation: sow from March to April.
Sow seeds on the surface of a good, free-draining, damp, seed sowing mix and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place seed trays in a propagator at a constant temperature of around 15-20C (59-68F) until after germination, which takes 7-14 days. When seedlings gain 2 true leaves, transplant into individual 7.5cm (3″) pots of compost and grow on at a minimum temperature of 15C (59F).
When growing in a heated glasshouse tomato plants may be transplanted at the end of May or when the first flowers are showing, if earlier. Allow 3 plants per growbag, or one per 25cm (10″) pot, or plant tomatoes directly into the greenhouse soil.
When growing tomatoes outdoors, wait until all risk of frost has passed before transplanting tomatoes. Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 – 10 days before planting out from early June when tomato plants are 20cm (8″) tall. Choose a sheltered position in full sun on fertile, reliably moist, well drained soil, and transplant at a distance of 60cm (24″) apart. Drive a (5′) cane into the soil adjacent to each plant to support them as they grow, and tie each main stem to its support with soft garden twine.
Water tomato plants frequently, to keep the compost evenly moist. Feed tomatoes regularly with a high potash plant food once the first truss of fruit has formed.
Tie the main stems to their supports and remove any sideshoots that develop between the main stem and the leaf stems. Once the plant has produced 6 or 7 trusses, pinch out the top of the main stem. This process of “sideshooting” and “stopping” will increase the availability of light and air movement around the developing fruit, and focus the plants energy on producing a good crop of high quality tomatoes. Tomatoes can be harvested as they ripen from July to October.
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Zone 1 - £5 Charge or FREE when spending £100 or more
Applicable to the following postcode districts… TA1, TA2, TA3 and TA6 6.
Zone 2 - £7.50 Charge or FREE when spending £250 or more
Applicable to the following postcode districts… TA4, TA5, TA6 3, TA6 4, TA6 5, TA6 7, TA7, TA8, TA9, TA10, TA11, TA12, TA13, TA14, TA15, TA16, TA17, TA18, TA19, TA20, TA21, TA23, BS23, BA6, BA16, EX13, EX14 & EX15
Zone 3 - £10 Charge or FREE when spending £500 or more
Applicable to the following postcode districts… TA22, TA24, BA4, BA5, BA7, BA20, BA21, BA22, BS26, BS27, EX16, DT8 & DT9
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