Tomato - Solanum lycopersicum

Bright red, orange and yellow fruit. If you are planning to grow tomatoes outside pick a variety with smaller fruit. Large tomatoes take quite a while to ripen and the chance of blight or cold weather affecting them at the end of the season is quite large.

If you are growing bush tomato plants, don't pinch out the side shoots as you would for 'cordon' or vine grown tomatoes, else you'll only have one 'truss' of fruit at the top of the plant.

Culinary use:

Great to eat straight from the vine or use in a number of recipes.

Cultivars and varieties:

Solanum lycopersicum 'Ailsa Craig'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Alfresco' F1 hybrid

Solanum lycopersicum 'Alicante' (Vine type) - Heavy cropping, slicing tomato with a good flavour.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Andine Cornue' (A plum variety) - A long plum-shaped tomato, good for cooking

Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Cherry' (Cherry type) - A tomato with dark, purple skin and dark red flesh.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Krim' - Large purple-coloured fruit.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Russian' - Dark coloured fruit with green veining at the top of the tomato.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Brandywine'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Cherry Baby' (Cherry) - Small, bright red, sweet tomato grown as a cordon.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Chocolate Cherry' (Cherry type) - Purple-coloured cherry tomato.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Costoluto Fiorentino'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Country Taste'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Dombello' F1 hybrid

Solanum lycopersicum 'Fandango' - An outdoor f1 hybrid that show resistance to blight.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Gardener's Delight' (Vine type with cherry sized fruit) - Sweet tasting tomato with a good flavour. One of the most frequently grown.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Gold Nugget' (Bush/cherry type) - A yellow skinned tomato. An early ripening variety.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Golden Sunrise' (Vine type with cherry sized fruit) - Fruity flavour, yellow mid-size tomato.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Indigo Rose' - Dark-blue fruit, sweet with a thin skin

Solanum lycopersicum 'Marmande'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Moneymaker' - Heavy cropping variety

Solanum lycopersicum 'Montello' (Bush type) - F1 bush tomato with minature oval tomatoes. Don't pinch out the side shoots.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Olivade' (Plum type) - A heavy fruiting, dark red, plum tomato that ripens early. A good variety to grow outdoors.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Orange Rapture' (A cherry variety) - An orange, cherry tomato

Solanum lycopersicum 'Outdoor Girl' (Vine type) - Early ripening, so are good for outside. Good flavour.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Patio Plum' (Plum variety) - Miniature plum tomato that can be grown in a smallish container on the patio and will crop until the first frosts.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Pink Temptation'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Premio'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Purple Calabash' - A sweet tasting tomato with purple-brown colour skin.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Red Alert' (Bush/plum type)

Solanum lycopersicum 'Roma' (Bush/plum type)

Solanum lycopersicum 'San Marzano' (Plum variety) - A long plum-shaped tomato

Solanum lycopersicum 'Shirley'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Sugardrop' (Cherry variety) - A sweet, juicy cherry tomato.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Summer Sweet' (Plum type) - A small plum-shaped tomatoes that ripens quickly so is a good variety for growing outside.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Sungold' (Vine type with cherry sized tomatoes) - Orange skinned, cherry tomato with a sweet taste. The flavour reminds me of Heinz tomato soup. The fruit takes 57 days to mature so is a good variety to grow outside if you don't have a greenhouse.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Super Marmande' (Beefsteak variety) - Beefsteak

Solanum lycopersicum 'Sweet Million'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Tasty Tumbler' - Ideal for hanging baskets

Solanum lycopersicum 'The Amateur' (Bush variety) - Bush variety

Solanum lycopersicum 'Tiger' - An heirloom cultivar with distinctive stripes on the fruit. Firm flesh making it ideal for baking.

Solanum lycopersicum 'Tornado' - Good in pots and planters.

Seeds to sow now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Cress

Ornamental pepper

Outside

Alpine wallflower

Alyssum

Basil, Sweet basil, Common basil

Beet, Beetroot, Chard

Beetroot, Garden beet

Cabbage

Canterbury bell, Cup and saucer

Carrot

Common wallflower

Cress

Double daisy

Foxglove

Kohl rabi

Lettuce

Onion

Pansy

Radish

Spinach

Spring onion

Sweet William

Turnip