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As its name suggests, this medium sized tomato is particularly cold tolerant coping well at low temperatures, even if frosts threaten. Its origins are unknown, but Tomato 'Glacier' is reliable in producing an extremely heavy crop. This semi-bush variety is ideal for planting early under cloches to encourage flower formation, followed by one of the earliest picks of the season outdoors. Height: 150cm (59"). Spread: 50cm (20").
Patio, Kitchen Garden, Greenhouse
Up to 150cm (59.1in)
Up to 50cm (19.7in)
Easy for all
Easy for all
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.
Semi bush varieties normally won't need side shooting but as some can be quite vigorous, they may require staking and some trimming to keep under control. 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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A great outdoor tomato... 2013-11-09
I selected Glacier along with a couple of other 'cold-resistant' strains after a few poor summers in the UK. Needless to say, this summer was hot and sunny!! The plant started fruiting in early June and rapidly produced 100 fruit, although several trusses appeared to set poorly. It turns out that the plant was limited to around 100 fruit as it was grown in a 12 inch pot, since once harvest was well under way another 150 tomatoes have emerged from late August onwards. We will see how far they get before the frosts come!!
Grew very nicely in Northern England this year 2013-09-21
Abundant cropper. We've eaten loads of these tomatoes ourseves, we've given loads away ... and still they keep coming (even as a I write this review ... in late September!). Following advice, we did nip out any side-shoots and limited them to 4 or 5 flower trusses per plant. Hence, lots of tomatoes produced per truss. Good medium-sized tomatoes (or larger) with a good flavour. Not the sweetest (I will stick to Gardeners Delight for sweetness) but certainly a nice tasty tomato. Definitely growing them next year again.
A great tomato for the north of England 2011-09-08
I have grown these plants in the pennines in Yorkshire for the last 2-3 years and have found them prolific croppers of sometimes quite large tomatoes (almost bordering beef in some cases). I have found them excellent for the more northern climes and grow well both inside a greenhouse (where they perform the best) but also outside. Having tried a different variety this year I will certainly be going back to this one.