Tomato Salad Collection

If you're going to grow your own tomatoes you want them to be exceptionally good, and they do require a lot of watering. Here are my must haves, sweet, form and fantastically tasty. More
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If you're going to grow your own tomatoes you want them to be exceptionally good, and they do require a lot of watering. Here are my must haves, sweet, form and fantastically tasty.

This collection contains:

  • Two seedlings of Costoluto Fiorentino – A medium-sized, delicious, juicy Italian variety which grows and crops very reliably here. Best under cover, or against a south facing wall
  • One seedling of Green Zebra – Gold and green skinned tomato which looks beautiful in amongst the other colours and has a good strong flavour
  • Two seedlings of Stupicke Polni Rane – My favourite in my taste trial at the marvellous Worton Organic Farm shop. Delicious, very long and heavy cropping type with good blight resistance.

Common Name Tomato
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.8m (6ft)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Transplant seedlings into 9cm (3.5in) pots and grow on in a glasshouse (or a well-lit windowsill), once roots have filled these, transplant into 2 litre pots to grow on. When the first flowers begin to show their yellow colouring plants should be ready to plant into their final positions. For unheated greenhouses, final planting can take place in mid-spring. For growing outside, gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions before planting out in early summer. When planting into ground, add plenty of compost or well-rotted manure prior to planting and create a shallow circular reservoir around the plant to help retain water or use Ring Culture Pots. Leave 60-90cm (24-36in) between each plant and plant them deep, sinking them to a depth of 0.5cm below the seed leaves. For containers, use a large pot (minimum 5 litres) and fill with a good quality, peat-free compost. For Grow Bags, allow two plants per bag.
Care Tips Under cover or outside they need staking, regular watering and weekly feeding for best results. Water the soil, not the plant, tomato leaves and stems dislike getting wet. Pinch out the tops once they have set 5 or 6 trusses. You also need to pinch out any shoots that develop between the stem and main branches as they divert valuable energy from the developing fruits. Companion planting works well with tomatoes. Try basil underneath as a sacrificial planting – white fly is drawn to it rather than your tomatoes – or try garlic, nasturtiums or tagetes to repel aphids. Find more information on how to grow tomatoes from seed. Find more information on how to grow tomatoes from seed.
Storing Tomatoes can be kept at room temperature for 4-5 days (they will lose their flavour if kept in the fridge), and will freeze well.
Harvesting Cordons fruit over a long period. You should be picking tomatoes in July and continue harvesting from the cordons until October. At the end of the summer, any unripe tomatoes can be picked and placed next to a banana – the ethylene released helps them to ripen.
Cooking Notes Delicious eaten raw, roasted or cooked in Mediterranean dishes.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Tomato Salad Collection reviews

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Reviewed 20th April 2020 by Anne

Delighted with my purchases which were made with gift vouchers

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Reviewed 19th April 2020 by Valerie

Healthy seedlings which have produced lots of flowers and baby tomatoes. I liked the costoluto tomatoes

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Linda

Pretty and interesting in a hanging baskets. In my smallish garden they take up too much space in pots.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Mrs Bryant

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Alison

Bit slow to grow on and spindly. Suspect they might provide a smaller crop than usual.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Kate

Rather a lot of plastic packaging when the tomatoes came. Prompt service. The toms are now producing - in the greenhouse and well looked after, but not many fruits

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Kerr

Tomato yield poor, quality and taste extremely poor. Shall not be buying again. Home grown seeds much better.

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Reviewed 24th November 2018 by Nicole

Happy with tomato seedlings,had o lot of tomatoes this year.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Alison

Had a bumper crop from all these and they were pretty tasty. They were all grown outside and those that didn't ripen mostly ripened once picked and bought indoors..

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Penny

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Clare

Produced a good harvest and good taste

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Caroline

The tomatoes were very successful. One variety was fairly tasteless but otherwise pleased.

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Daughne

produced well but I'm not used to my greenhouse yet so not sure if I planted correctly but a very good collection and tasty tomatoes

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Reviewed 26th September 2018 by Alice

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Andrew

Excellent plants and yielded a good variety of tastey tomatoes.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Victoria

I’m a great fan of a Sarah Raven, but this collection of tomato plants was a disappointment. The plants were a bit weedy on arrival, and though they ended up all right in the end they had a bit of a faltering start. When they arrive there is no knowing which plant is which type - they are just in the plastic plug container with no labelling. I wanted to give one to my mother in law, but had no idea which variety I was giving her.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"We are sorry to hear that you received plants that you were unhappy with. Please always contact us when you receive your plants, if you have any concerns, so that we can try to rectify any issues at the time. In line with our plant guarantee, we have refunded you. Please be advised that all plants should come with the variety printed on either the outside or on an inner label, we are sorry if this was missed off on this occasion. Please do also advise us if you are affected by this in the future."

Posted 7th November 2018


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Reviewed 12th March 2015 by Malinda Griffin

This threesome gives a flavourful and prolific abundance of tomatoes. I grew them in my tiny greenhouse last summer with excellent (&delicious) results and look forward to enjoying a similar crop this year too!