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Tomato 'Ailsa Craig'Solanum lycopersicum L.

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1 packet (50 tomato seeds) £2.29 Despatch: by Monday
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Cordon.

Tomato 'Ailsa Craig' is particularly noted for the exceptional flavour of its fruit, which ripens early in the season. This well known gardener's favourite produces medium sized tomatoes with a uniform size and shape and an excellent deep colour. Grow this vigorous cordon variety in the greenhouse or outdoors. 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 tomatoes How to stop blight
Tomato selector guide Companion Planting


Patio, Kitchen Garden, Greenhouse

Half-hardy

Full sun

200cm (78.7in)

50cm (19.7in)

1 Packet (50 Tomato Seeds) (TT00283)

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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.

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.

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Reviews

Heavy cropper outdoors in 2013 2013-11-09

I grew Ailsa Craig for the first time in 2013 and obtained a crop of 70 good sized tomatoes of which 65 have been harvested by 10th September. The plant was grown in a 12 inch pot out of doors after germinating and growing in an 8cm pot indoors until mid May. The plant failed to set fruit during the very hot fortnight in July, but set very efficiently both before and afterwards. IN terms of size and taste, this plant has done very well.