A must-have dwarf bush variety, Tiny Tim produces an abundance of small, bright red cherries very, very early. Growing as a bush type, it is the perfect zero maintenance variety, requiring no pruning and well suited to pot cultivation on the patio, conservatory or kitchen planter under lights where it will reach 10-12 inches (25-30cm). This superb and compact bush also sits happily in the greenhouse borders with the smaller peppers and aubergines, where it will reach 18 inches (46cms).
- Pack size: 20 seeds
- Type: Determinate, Bush
- Time to germination: 7-21 days
- When to sow inside: February - March
- When to sow outside: March - April
- Spacing: 60cm +
- Soil preference: Fertile, well-drained
- Light preference: Full sun
- When to harvest: July - October
How to grow Tiny Tim 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 Tiny Tim seeds shallowly and aim to keep them at around 18 degrees. After germination, place on a sunny windowsill, or as we recommend, under LED lights to grow on and develop.
We start our Tiny Tim seeds in the ceramic pot that it will spend it’s life in, out in the kitchen and under LED lights. Whilst perfectly fine to start in smaller pots if space is limited, we feel this is such a low maintenance easy plant to grow; why complicate with a transplant? There is a unique sense of satisfaction growing produce right there in the kitchen, which is why we feel this variety is a must-have. No staking, stringing or pruning required. Grow indoors next to some basil and chillies for a real cooking experience.
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 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
If planting outside, observe the usual humidity related precautions generic to all tomatoes; however, it must be said that this variety stands out indoors or on a patio or hanging basket where the risk of disease and pests are much lower.
When ordering Tiny Tim Tomato Seeds from Grow Sow Greener, you will receive free nasturtium seeds. A beautiful plant that add interest and beauty in its own right and is a great companion for tomatoes. Growing nasturtiums a distance away from your veg will help lure aphids away, whilst giving you delicious red flowers and peppery young leaves for adding to salads.