After years of intensive trials we are thrilled to launch an improved version of the previously popular tomato 'Santa'. Tomato 'Santonio' produces glossy, cherry-sized, plum-shaped fruits weighing an average of 8g each. The thick-skinned fruits have exceptional flavour with a good acidic 'bite' and delicious lingering sweetness. This cordon variety is best grown in the greenhouse or a sheltered spot outdoors for good crops of delicious tomatoes from July to October. Height: 200cm (79"). Spread: 50cm (20").
Patio, Kitchen Garden, Greenhouse, Conservatory
1 Packet (6 Tomato Seeds) (TT38817)
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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Santo io tomatoes 2014-10-20
Still not as good or consistent in size as the original Santa. Will grow them again but surprised to find a lot of split fruit despite now using automatic watering / feeding system . Wonderful flavour and prolific - had a lot of trouble with whitefly ( sticky fly traps used ) will revert to targetes and parsley in pots next year.
T&M replied on 2014-10-20: Thank you for your review. I am very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your recent purchase. If you would like to contact our Customer care team on firstname.lastname@example.org, one of our agents will be happy to investigate this matter further.
they all grew really well and gave out succulent tomatoes. im planning to buy them next year
T&M replied on 2014-09-22: Thank you for your review. I hope we can continue to be of service.