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Tomato Seeds - Gardeners Delight

Tomato Seeds - Gardeners Delight

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Gardeners Delight Tomato is probably the most well known variety for home and allotment growers. As its super tolerant of a range of conditions, soil types and weathers coupled with great tasting fruits its easy to see why. You can even grow it as a cordon or bush (however the fruits are a little larger when grown as a cordon).  An exceptional cropper of cherry sized tomatoes when grown inside or outside the greenhouse!!
  • Pack size: 20 seeds
  • Type: Indeterminate, Cordon
  • Time to germination: 7-21 days
  • When to sow inside: February - March
  • When to sow outside: March - April
  • Spacing: 100cm +
  • Soil preference: Fertile, well-drained
  • Light preference: Full sun
  • When to harvest: July - October

How to grow St Pierre Tomatoes from seed

Tomatoes belong to the same family as aubergines and peppers and should be grown in much the same way. They require heat, light and well-drained, evenly moist soil and should be grown under glass for best results.

Sow your St Pierre Tomato Seeds shallowly and aim to keep warm - 18 degrees is ideal. After germination, place on a sunny windowsill, or as we recommend, under LED lights to grow on and develop in 8cm thin-wall pots before planting out in late spring, pot and all.

We start our tomato seeds under lights to ensure a compact, healthy seedling. If your plant does become leggy, it's fine to remove most of the leaves and plant, so just the crown is above the soil surface. The bonus here is an early, supercharged root system, as roots will grow from the buried stem. We plant along the north wall of the greenhouse to avoid shading out smaller specimens. St Pierre Tomatoes have thin skin, enhancing the eating experience; however, it is more prone to cracking if watering is erratic. As with all tomatoes, regular measured watering will result in consistent soil moisture levels and happy thriving plants.

The St Pierre Tomato plant is a cordon or indeterminate variety, which means it will continue to grow and fruit throughout the growing season up until the frosts. Due to their tall vining nature, we recommend training up garden twine. It’s a commercial technique, far superior in time/labour, effort, and effectiveness to staking and tying in. Simply secure a length of twine above and let it hang down to your seedling. Wind the main stem around the twine as it grows. If you must stake, drive the stakes in at an angle, well clear of the root zone.

What to feed your tomato plants

Tomato plants enjoy free-draining soil loaded with plenty of organic matter. As they are heavy feeders, add a few handfuls of fish, blood and bone meal with some volcanic rock dust and some kelp powder to give them a rich, balanced and diverse diet for strong organic growth and cropping over the season. This diet will also help the plants to form strong, well-developed immunity.

By preparing the hole/soil with the above organics before planting and applying a side dressing of phosphorus-rich bone meal or wood ash just before fruiting, you feed the whole soil ecosystem, which provides your tomato plants with a much broader diet. Off the shelf bought chemical fertilisers are limited in their scope and kill life in the soil web, trapping the gardener into spending more time and money repeatedly fertilising. If you are worried or breaking the habit is hard, apply a seaweed or comfrey liquid fertilizer instead. Throw some seaweed or comfrey leaves in a water butt or large bucket and let steep.

Keeping pests away

St Pierre Tomatoes are an open-pollinated type, so we encourage you to save your own seeds. By doing so from your best plants, your toms acclimatise to your particular microclimates and disease vectors year on year. Generally, fairly pest and disease resistant, tomatoes should be rotated every couple of years and given plenty of space as they don’t like humidity. It's for this reason that we plant them near to the open greenhouse door, leaving the moisture-loving cues to thrive in the humid back corners.

Tomatoes are susceptible to fungal issues and blight. Plant spaciously, remove the yellowing older leaves and remove side shoots regularly to increase airflow around your plants. The side shoots are the new growth at 45 degrees between the main stem and fan leaf; their removal will also increase yields.

 

Shipping

Delivery Costs

Our shipping is broken down into two categories and are dispatched the same or next day as standard.

1. Unlimited "Small" (Garden) Seed Packets:

- Including wooden plant markers and sprouting bags.

- £1.99 - Standard Delivery 2 - 4 business days.

- £4.90 Express Delivery 1 - 3 business days

2. Everything Else - Sprouting and Microgreen Seeds, Growing Equipment, Gifts and Grow Kits:

UK Mainland.

- £3.85 - Standard Delivery (2 - 4 business days) on orders between 0 and 2kg.

- £6.50 - Next Day Courier Service on orders 0 - 4.5kg.

- £8.95 - Next Day Courier Service on orders over 4.5kg.

- Contact us for a quote on orders over 26kgs.

Ireland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.

- £9.45 - Standard Delivery (2 - 4 business days) on orders between 0 and 2kg.

- £23.50 - Standard Delivery on orders 2kg - 26kg.

- Contact us for a quote on orders over 26kg.

The EU, Switzerland and Rest of World.

Get in touch for equipment sales to the EU and the rest of the world for a competitive shipping quote. Unfortunately we cannot yet post seeds outside the UK.

Delivery and Packaging

All products are packaged plastic free as standard. Your garden seeds are sealed for freshness inside white glassine envelopes which are a water/vapour resistant compostable paper product whilst your Microgreen and Sprouting Seeds arrive in resealable zip lock pouches made from GMO free vegetable starch which are further heat sealed to ensure these great products reach you safely!

Returns Policy

We hope you are loving your purchase however we understand that sometimes things don't go as planned and returns and refunds are necessary. Please refer to the following return and refund policies at growsowgreener.co.uk.

My product is damaged defective or you shipped me the wrong product.

We're sorry about that and understand your frustration! We would love to offer you a refund or a replacement. Please contact us at hi@growsowgreener.co.uk within 30 days of purchase for a full refund or replacement. 

I ordered the wrong product or simply changed my mind.

No worries, we will refund you the full amount (minus the shipping charges) provided the items are returned in new condition and in original packaging. Once received we will issue your refund however you will be responsible for return shipping costs for non defective products.

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West Alvington

Devon TQ73QG

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Should you have absolutely any problems issues or difficulties getting your seeds to germinate or problems/queries regarding our grow kits or equipment, please get in touch at hi@growsowgreener.co.uk and we will strive to help you out via email, call or video call.

All our seeds and products have been tested here by us however if we still cant help you get growing we will offer a free replacement.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept returns on gift cards.

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