Tomato 'Veranda Red' from Dobies

Taking 15 years to perfect, the Veranda Red, cherry tomato plant is truly a labour of love. Versatile and packed with flavour, this variety provides a satisfying crop.

Growing tomato plants can be tricky, but Veranda Red thrives in containers, hanging baskets, patio containers and in the ground.

This tomato plant is also resistant to blight, fusarium and verticillium, which makes it ideal for a variety of climates . Due to these resistance properties, you’ll have a great experience growing this tomato plant.

How does Veranda Red taste?

Bruschetta covered in tomatoes, basil & mozzarella
Add ‘Veranda Red’ to homemade bruschetta for a scrumptious snack

Simply packed full of flavour, Veranda Red has everything you would expect from a juicy cherry tomato. Ripening in early July, these tomatoes taste very sweet & refreshing. Similar in flavour to vine/cordon tomatoes, Veranda Red is unusual because it comes from a small plant.

But try it out for yourself! Veranda Red is perfect for summer salads, toppings on fresh pizza, or added to picnics.

How to grow tomatoes

Growing your own is more than just being self-sufficient. It’s about growing varieties that are not readily available in shops and supermarkets, varieties that may not lend themselves to being produced on a mass commercial scale, but ones that taste amazing.

Here are some helpful tomato growing tips. Plant firmly, placing the ball of roots and soil about 25mm (1″) below the surface of the fresh compost. In beds or border, space the plants about 45cm (18″) apart, with rather wider spacing between the rows. Growing tomatoes in pots means they will eventually need more water but the soil must never become waterlogged.

Woman planting tomato plant in container
Veranda Red thrives happily in patio containers

Tomato Plant Care

Once flowers begin to appear, the plants should be fed with a liquid tomato fertilizer at the recommended rate weekly. The growing point should be removed when five or six trusses have formed, as this will encourage the fruits to swell more rapidly and mature more quickly.

Keep the plants well-watered, especially when the fruits have started to set. Wide fluctuations in moisture supply may lead to irregular fruit growth, cracking of the skin, and dropping of the fruits.

Basically, it’s all about bringing the flavour of greenhouse cordon tomatoes to a small, easy to care for plant without the hassle of training the plant or needing a greenhouse.

Update: Tomato Veranda Red is now also available as seed.

4 thought on “Tomato ‘Veranda Red’ – Plant Care & Growing Advice”
    1. Hi Dixie, our answer would be yes. Remove some leaves if getting too crowded and to allow the sun to reach fruit. We hope this is helpful to you!
      Best regards,
      The Dobies Team

  1. Hi
    I’m a new allotment owner just bought some Broccoli Stromboli from yiu as plugs I was going to put them in a cold frame is that ok and what compost / soil should I use ? Should I plant out straight away ?
    Kind regards

    1. Hi Fiona, a cold frame is not necessary right now for broccoli plugs as warm enough. Pot up into 9cm pots using peat-free multi-purpose compost and keep outside. Once roots show through the base of the pot plant out in veg bed. We hope this is helpful to you.
      Best regards,
      The Suttons Team

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