Tomato ‘Marmande’


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Tomato ‘Marmande’

Solanaceae lycopersicum

A huge jammy and very beautiful beefsteak Tomato.

Cooked with scrambled eggs this is one of my favourite things to have for for breakfast (preferably eaten outdoors), absolutely delicious!

I have chosen this particular variety for its ease of growing.

Sitting between a ‘Bush’ and a ‘Cordon’, this Semi-Determinate variety will produce large fruits but grow in more of a compact way. Tomato ‘Marmande’ requires less staking and minimal removal of vegetative growth.

Tomato ‘Marmande’ is also winner of an ‘RHS Award of Garden Merit’ for its succulent, fleshy fruit, exceptional flavour, high yield, reliability and good performance.

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 and gentle breeze and insects buzzing around.

Plants will need a support, tie the main stem to a vertical bamboo cane.

For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow-A-Long’ on Instagram  and for busy gardeners you can now plan ahead with our Spring Grow-A-Long Handbook.

Variety: Solanaceae lycopersicum
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Sow: Spring – Summer
Height: 150cm
Seeds per packet: 45
Harvest: Start picking when the fruit is ripe and fully coloured.