tomato 'Ailsa Craig'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
A fine old variety which has stood the test of time and is still one of the best you can buy for flavour, with a rich, tangy taste that has just the right level of sweetness. Grows outside or under cover, although as it takes its time to develop that mouthwatering flavour results are more reliable in a greenhouse. Sow basil among your tomatoes as a companion plant: the scent deters whitefly and it's handy for harvesting to complement your tomatoes perfectly in Mediterranean cooking. A heritage variety introduced in 1925.
- Growing Instructions:Sow in a frost-free greenhouse or windowsill, potting on seedlings individually as they grow. Once all danger of frost has passed, plant into greenhouse borders or into growbags, or harden plants off and plant outside in rich soil in a sunny spot. Tie in to supports and pinch out side shoots: keep well-watered and feed weekly once flowers form.
- Sow: January-March
- Harvest: July-October
- Approximate quantity: 75 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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