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Tomato 'Orkado' F1 Hybrid

Solanum lycopersicum L.

Half-hardy Annual

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Cordon.

This superb outdoor cordon variety is perfect for growing in unpredictable British summers. The trusses of Tomato 'Orkado' are early to ripen, bearing an average of 8 round, deep red fruits per truss. The firm, well-flavoured, medium sized fruits, each weighing up to 140g (5oz), resist splitting and are ideal for slicing. 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
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
    • £2.49

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 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. Orkado forever

    By martin turtle 07-04-2014

    Grew these and Ferline last year. They were both superb. Orkado had larger fruit but very similar in most other ways to Ferline. Orkado had loads of 4 to 5 oz fruit quite a few 6oz and I also had a 9oz , 10oz, and even 11oz beauty. Even these whoppers had the same fantastic flavour. Orkado is a must have plant for me from now on

    Natalie
    08-04-2014

    Thank you for your review. I hope we can continue to be of service.

  2. One of the best I've ever grown!

    By simon parkes 27-10-2012

    Excellent variety, really strong growth with lots of medium sized fruit with great flavour. I shall grow this every year from now on.

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