If you love a good old tomato we’ve got some excellent news – it’s officially British Tomato Week! The nation’s celebrating everything that’s fantastic about the tomato this week, and it’s perfect timing…we’re thrilled to be showcasing some of our grafted tomato products in the Welcome to Yorkshire garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week.
Grafted tomato plants
If you’re heading to Chelsea this week you’ll spot a selection of vegetables from the Dobies range in the beautiful Welcome to Yorkshire garden, including the exclusive tomato Sugar Plum Raisin F1 from the Rob Smith Grafted Veg range.
With a bright, vibrant colour and trusses of red, semi plum-shaped fruit, we reckon this grafted tomato plant’s going to be something of a showstopper. Grown and grafted in Yorkshire, this cherry tomato has an incredibly sweet flavour, and it won’t split or drop. It’ll sun-dry on the vine too, so you’ll have antipasti style fruits to keep for later as well as fresh ones for your summer salads.
Tomatoes for ketchup lovers
How about going all out and growing one of the original tomatoes used in ketchup? Tomato Heinz 1370 is a semi-bush style tomato, and it’ll produce bright red fruit in abundance. In fact, you might even need to stake the plant’s branches to stop the weight of the fruit from bending them!
Expect fruit that won’t crack, with plenty of tomatoes for those summer dinners and a delicious, traditional flavour. This tomato plant can be grown inside or outside in a sunny spot, and it will even grow happily in a large container. Heinz 1370 is available to buy as seeds, super plugs or potted plants.
Orange Wellington tomato
And for those of you who fancy celebrating British Tomato Week by trying something completely different, it’s got to be the Orange Wellington tomato. The winner of the RHS Garden of Merit award back in 2014, this gorgeous orange tomato is smooth, flavoursome and almost seedless. Because the flowers and the fruit grow progressively, they’ll crop for several months so you’ll have plenty of fruits to see you through the summer.
All this talk of tomatoes will probably have you itching to serve up your own fruits at your next summer barbeque, and these little numbers reach maturity within 75 days of transplanting – so you won’t have to wait too long. Orange Wellington are available as super plugs or potted plants.
Check out the British Tomato Week website for tomato recipe ideas, tasting sessions and fascinating insights into the work growers put in to produce our beautiful British tomatoes.