Tomato ‘Lizzano’ is the most blight resistant variety currently available, so for outdoor growers this one is for you.
Blight spores can travel on the wind so outdoor varieties need to be chosen carefully, the smaller fruits will also ripen faster in cooler conditions.
A bush type, you won’t have to worry about pinching out any side shoots, they grow happily in a container, 15L is ideal with 1 plant per pot (see gallery)
No staking required, they crop abundantly with large juicy cherry sized tomatoes with an excellent flavour.
How to Grow:
If you have a greenhouse with a heat mat, you can start sowing seeds mid February, otherwise wait a while and sow late March.
Sow 3-5 seeds in a 9cm pot covering lightly with compost. Place in a warm spot, a heat mat or a warm windowsill indoors. Around 24°C is ideal and will result in fast germination.
Once seedlings emerge, move pots to the best-possible light you can, such as a greenhouse or conservatory.
After the last frosts and once you start to see flowers, move plants to their final planting positions, spacing 45-60cm apart or one plant per 15L sized pot. Grow Bags are also excellent, plant 2-3 plants depending on size.
A well ventilated location is essential for successful pollination. Tomatoes are self pollenated so you need low humidity, gentle breeze and insects buzzing around.
Tender plants, don’t move outside until all danger of frost has passed and even then, give them a warm sheltered spot.
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Variety: Solanaceae lycopersicum
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Sow: Spring – Summer
Germination: Up to 15 days
Seeds per packet: 10 F1 hybrid
Harvest: Start picking when the fruit is ripe and fully coloured.