~ VINE TOMATO SEED part 1: ~
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!
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This is a fantastic tomato we're really pleased to offer. It was actually found by Ben in his salad while on holiday with friends in France, and it was so good he knew straight away that we had to add it to the catalogue. It had been grown by a neighbour who we also knew, and we 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 lots 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.
22 seed £
Primabella .... BLIGHT RESISTANT!!
We’ve been trialling a range of tomatoes outdoors, to find out which will produce well and withstand the inevitable late blight which is the main barrier to outdoors tomato growing in the UK climate.
We’re always sceptical about blight resistance, before now we’ve not found any supposedly resistant varieties that we’ve felt worth recommending. Primabella though has done extremely well for us, with the plants still growing through into November, even if a bit battered by gales and rain.
Photo below taken outdoors on our Pembrokeshire field November 16th, still ripening a last few fruit. We find the flavour excellent, they are quite fleshy for a cherry tomato and as a result are also very resistant to splitting even in wet weather.
Be sure to keep pinching out the sideshoots on this one, as it is very vigorous.
18 seed, organic £
Stupice EARLY VINE
This fantastic 1954 variety from Eastern Europe is the earliest of all our vine tomatoes.
We had a rare tomato trial 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.
20 seed £
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!
20 seed, organic £
Our supposedly 'Gardener's Delight' Small but Supersweet Irish Version
This version 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.
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.
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. Oliver Harbury got first prize with these!
20 seed £
Gardeners' Ecstasy AMAZING FLAVOUR, EARLY
This is a new variety bred a few years ago by Tony Haig, who called it 'Gardeners Ecstasy' because it tasted even better than 'Gardeners Delight'
We find it combines excellent flavour and good productivity: hundreds of cherry tomatoes with a delicious mix of sweetness and acid.
18 seed £
A very unusual tomato that starts out deep blue and then ripens to red and black, eventually becoming covered with gold splashes.
Originally from the tomato collection of Bill Minkey, we have been selecting it for improved flavour and more consistent fruit size. Although good for a blue tomato, still not an amazing taste, and this is definitely one to grow for appearance more than flavour.
Please note this is still under development. Currently, due to unusually thick seed coats, not all seeds germinate sucessfully , so please sow double the number you would normally sow. We have given you extra seed to account for this.
14 seed (25 supplied) £
Gardeners' Sweetheart NEW
A very sweet , and interestingly-shaped cherry tomato, added to the trials by Ben. It makes small heart-shaped cherries with a smooth texture and rich flavour. Low-juice compared to most other cherry tomatoes.
Originally bred by Will Bonsall, from a chance cross between Gardener’s Delight cherry and a plum tomato. Just a few packets available at the moment from the trial plants.
18 seed £
A beautiful mini-plum tomato; with very long trusses bearing masses of really tasty red fruit. An early and greatly productive variety, adaptable to different climates.
It makes very few seeds, so only a few packets each year. But a great tomato!
18 seed, organic £
~ 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.
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.