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Tomato 'Cristal' F1 Hybrid

Solanum lycopersicum L.

Half-hardy Annual

 Customer Rating

Cordon.

This RHS AGM variety produces glossy, scarlet-skinned fruits with dark ruby-red flesh that attain weights of 120g (4oz) per fruit. The round, greenback free fruits are ideal for adding to salads and sandwiches. Tomato 'Cristal' is best grown under glass, although it can be grown in a warm, sunny position outdoors. This cordon variety also has excellent disease resistance. Height: 200cm (79”). Spread: 50cm (20”).


Companion planting: Try growing tomatoes with French marigolds to deter whitefly, and basil, chives or mint to deter aphids and other pests.



Useful links:

How to grow tomatoesHow to stop blight
Tomato selector guideCompanion Planting

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden, greenhouse
Flowering Period:
June, July, August, September
Sowing Months:
February, March, April
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (8 tomato seeds)

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    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
    • £2.99

For greenhouse cultivation: sow from February to March.

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 September.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.


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Reviews
  1. Best Tomato

    By kevin barber 13-12-2013

    This was the best tomato i have grown . I grew 12 plants in the greenhouse and got a yield of about 50 lb .Froze a lot to see us through the winter with our breakfast at weekend .Hope Thomsons put the deal on again at £1 99 a pack.

  2. Finest flavoured tomato I have had in almost half a century of growing them

    By Peter A Chapman 08-10-2013

    An excellent tomato with large fleshy dark red fruit with a wonderful flavour. Perhaps the best tomato I have ever tasted in almost half a century of growing them. However, although it is high yielding and consistently greenback free, it does seem to be more prone to blossom end rot than most varieties I have tried.

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