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CHERRY AND OTHER SMALL- to MEDIUM- SIZED VARIETIES
These are our Smaller-fruited vine Tomatoes.
See the index on the left for other types.
We really like tomatoes - and grow loads of them every year - but only the very best make it into the catalogue!
For an explanation of the differences between bush & vine plant types, click here.
Emerald SWEET AND RIPE WHEN GREEN!
This is a most unusual cherry tomato that ripens to emerald green instead of red (!) - making lots of fruit about 1 inch across.
They are sweet - they really are perfectly ripe with a proper ripe-tomato taste while still green, and are very pretty sliced.
Order ToEm - 24 seed £
This new addition to the catalogue is possibly the best tasting and best performing ‘white’ strain of tomato that is available - this one is sweet & fruity, with a real tomato flavor. The fruits ripen to a very pale yellow, almost pure white. The amount of exposure to the sun effects the amount of yellow. If there is good leaf cover, then you can get almost snow white fruits.
We were a little uncertain about what people would think of this variety, but we've had lots of good feedback with people saying they will definitely grow it again in the future, both for taste and productivity as well as it's unusual looks.
Order ToWC - 24 seed £
This is a fantastic new tomato we're really pleased to be able to offer. It was actually found by Ben in his salad while on holiday with friends in the Ariege in France, and it was so good he knew straight away that we had to add it to the catalogue. It turned out that it had been grown by a neighbour who we also knew, and so we got together and arranged to have some of her polytunnel devoted to seed production for us.
It is a brilliant orange, with a great balance of sweet and acid, and is quite large for a cherry tomato - about one and a half inches across. The vines grow to a decent height and produce large numbers of fruit over a really long season.
This variety has been selected over the years by Jen Boncyk, a market gardener high in the mountains, so it is used to cold nights and short seasons. The seed we have here has been grown for us by Jen herself. Enjoy!
Tasty orange large-cherry tomato, good long fruiting season.
Order ToJT - 22 seed £
Stupice EARLY VINE
This fantastic 1954 variety from Eastern Europe is the earliest of all our vine tomatoes.
We tried lots of new varieties in 2010 and this one was noticeably earlier than the others; we got a great crop simply in large pots on our patio, despite the rainy summer. The plants are vigorous and produce red fruit with an excellent flavour. Ideal for outdoors, but also good in a greenhouse for early crops.
Larger than a cherry tomato, but not as big as a beefsteak type, the fruit are about two inches across and ideal for salad use.
Fast-fruiting variety for shorter summers, ideal if you grow your tomatoes outdoors.
Order ToST - 25 seed £
Hi and thank you so much for the Stupice tomato seeds. In one of the grayest, wettest summers on record when our greenhouse flooded at least four times, to our amazement and envy of our neighbours the Stupice plants grew, thrived and produced pound after pound of beautiful red tomatoes. I have just picked the very last of them and saved seed ready for next year. Many thanks for all your brilliant seeds and super newsletter. - Janet
Galina SUPER- EARLY SWEET YELLOW CHERRY
A hugely productive cherry from Siberia, and we are really impressed by it - very sweet flavour balanced by good acidity.
The bright yellow cherry fruit are in neat bunches, and don't fall off when ripe, which makes picking easier.
It is early to get going (not surprising given where it comes from!), but just as importantly, it fruits over a long period – it just keeps on going forever , long after most other plants have stopped fruiting.
Early yellow cherry. Grow as a vine but let a couple of shoots develop for highest production
Makes amazing yellow tomato soup or even yellow ketchup, too!
Order ToGA - 20 seed £
Our supposedly 'Gardener's Delight' - Small but Supersweet Irish Version
This version which we have offered in the past was originally from a small seed collection in USA, labelled 'Irish Gardeners Delight'. It has definitely got smaller fruit than what we would normally expect, and we're pretty sure now that it's not really 'Gardeners' Delight' at all, being more in the style of the smaller cherry types such as 'Sweet 100'.
BUT , and it's a big 'but', the flavour is great. This is the sweetest cherry tomato we've ever tried. And the fruit, although small, are produced in huge numbers on enormously long trusses.
We weren't going to list it any more, but many visitors to the gardens pointed out that it was one of the best cherries they'd ever tasted, so we thought we ought to leave it in the catalogue! And it is now one of our most popular. Get your seed now, you won't be disappointed.
This variety slows down if we have a cool spell in late spring/early summer, but it starts growing again once temperatures rise again.
Order ToGi - 20 seed £
Farenheit BLUE, THEN RED & BLACK
This new variety has caused a real stir when people saw it growing in our polytunnel this summer.
Farenheit was created by Tom Wagner. It has fruit that are blue to start with, and then ripen to an incredible cherry-red with a black blush and faint gold speckles.
Unquestionably the most unusually-coloured tomato you will have seen. To be honest the flavour is quite boring - Josie put it well when she said they taste like a supermarket tomato - but they are worth it for the colour!
Ripens to red. Don't be tempted to pick when blue - like all tomatoes they are not nice when un-ripe. Wait for them to go purple-cherry-red before harvest.
Order ToFB - 20 seed £
This is a wonderful cherry tomato. A mid sized bright red cherry, it is really, really good, quite possibly one of the tastiest we have, and is the one we always pick out for eating at lunch during our tomato-deseeding sessions.
The plants make long trusses with large numbers of really attractive, bright red tomatoes that are right at the top end of the size range for a cherry type. It has become a new favourite of ours.Bred by eccentric and visionary horticultural genius Alan Chadwick, who in 1967, and at the age of 58, gave up being a Shakespearian actor in South Africa and instead joined the University of Santa Cruz in California - to create and run their new on-site Farm & Garden project, run on egalitarian biodynamic principles. And as well as in inspiring a whole generation of market gardeners, he created this wonderful cherry tomato.
Sweet and firm cherry, great flavour and high yield. Picture show a fantastic crop of them in the tunnel of our seed grower Ian Hearn, near Cardigan in Wales.
Order ToCC - 18 seed £
This is a new variety we intoduced in 2013. A very sweet cherry tomato, with lots of purple-brown fruit about 1 inch across. You should get about 6 to 8 fruit per truss, and they keep well after picking. As well as the unusual colour, we think that this is an especially tasty variety, nicely sweet and fruity with a good balance of acid.
Selected for good flavour. Please let us know what you think of it!
Order ToCH - 24 seed £
This is a new variety bred a few years ago by Tony Haig from a cross between our Irish Gardeners' Delight and Dr Carolyn.
(He called it 'Gardeners Ecstasy' because it tasted even better than 'Gardeners Delight')
We think it combines the best qualities of both, with excellent flavour and good productivity. Small cherry tomatoes, with thin skin and a good mix of sweetness and acid.
Order ToEX - 18 seed £
~ CENTIFLOR TOMATOES ~
A whole new class of tomato with a unique structure: the highly branched trusses have literally hundreds and hundreds of flowers on them. (This picture shows a single truss)
These flower trusses are about two feet across, bearing tomates in a huge grapelike cluster, and we've never seen anything like it before!
And just to be clear, these are not at all like currant tomatoes. The fruit are much bigger - 3/4 of an inch across - and made in much bigger bunches.
A centiflor vine tomato variety developed by Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds, from a cross made by his daughter Kusra.
They really do make hundreds of translucent yellow tomatoes on a single truss. Each fruit is about 3/4 inch across and they're great in salads or munched straight off the plant.
This one is really tasty and beautiful.
Order TOMF - 20 seed £
Saving Tomato Seed:
Here you can seed the seed and juice squeezed into a jar & let ferment for 3 days (no more, no less!)
Good seeds sink and bad ones float.
(And, yes, it is supposed to be mouldy & smelly)
Water is added and poured off several times to clean them, the seed is rinsed in a sieve and put on a plate to dry.
Detailed seed-saving instructions are included with your seeds, so you can do this yourself.
And of course this is only possible because these are all real, non-hybrid varieties.