Whether you raise plants from seed or buy your plants, they can all be grown in the same way.
Plant outside in early summer. In unheated greenhouses, planting can take place in mid-spring. Set plants 40cm (16in) apart and water in well.
When planting into open ground, create a shallow circular reservoir around the plant to help retain water.
Watering and feeding
Roots should be kept moist but never waterlogged. Pots and grow-bags require frequent watering, particularly once plants become more established. Irregular watering can result in splitting and blossom-end rot, whereas over-watering can impair flavour.
Feeding isn’t essential for soil-grown plants, but those in bags or pots benefit from regular feeding, using tomato feed and following manufacturer’s instructions.
Tomato flowers self-pollinate readily. However, indoor plants benefit from being gently shaken to dislodge the pollen. Misting flowers with water can help fruit set.
Pick fruits as required, with the calyx (stalk) still attached. When cropping slows in early autumn, green fruits can be gathered and kept in a warm, dark place to ripen.