tomato 'Red Alert'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
A super-reliable variety for growing outside in containers or the open ground as it starts setting fruit very early in the season, so even in less-than-perfect summers your toms have enough time to ripen. It's a bush variety, with a compact habit that doesn't need staking or pinching out, producing heavy trusses of large cherry tomatoes with a lovely sweet flavour.
- Growing Instructions:Sow seeds into pots of seed compost under cover somewhere frost-free, potting on seedlings individually as they grow. Once all danger of frost has passed, plant into greenhouse borders or into growbags, or harden off and plant into containers on a sunny patio outdoors. Water regularly, keeping the soil moist at all times, and feed weekly once flowers form. Tomatoes are able to develop roots along their stems, so earth up soil at the base of your plants to double their root power and make them more vigorous and productive.
- Sow: January-March
- Harvest: July-September
- Approximate quantity: 25 seeds.
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Hi, Can you get blossom end rot on both ends of the tomato? Mine seem to be going soft at the joined end and then dropping off Thanks love JulieAsked on 28/7/2009 by Julie Losh
A:Hello Julie, Blossom end rot will only affect the bottom of the tomato, so I suspect yours are suffering from something else. They are prone to a number of things that will make the fruits rot, so I am not really sure what might be causing this with yours. I would remove all the damaged tomatoes as quickly as possible and keep an eye on the watering and air circulation. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 29/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Tomatoes not ripening?
Hi there, I wonder if you can help. This year I am growing the tomato variety "Shirley" in the greenhouse. They are very healthy and laden with fruit, but they are not ripening. Regards. KateAsked on 17/7/2009 by kate roberts
A:Hello Kate, There is something called Dry Set, which means the growth of the tomatoes stops when they are still very small. This is brought about by the air being too hot and dry when pollination is taking place, and the best way to cure this is to mist the plants with water twice a day - in the morning and evening.Answered on 17/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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