Tomato, Roma ‘Masai’ F1
This staking variety of Roma tomato can be picked over a ver long period as ripening isn’t as concentrated as in the determinate varieties. Great flavour when ripe with a good disease package. Needs a stake or trellis.
- If you are having trouble growing a good crop or indeed any crop at all of “heirloom” tomatoes or seedling tomatoes bought from garden centres or big box stores you will be joining a growing band of gardeners. The answer is to plant disease resistant varieties. We trialled 10 varieties of disease resistant hybrid tomatoes and the 3 listed below were the best for taste and for disease resistance. I was still picking good, ripe, full size tomatoes at the end of April.
- The seed of modern, good flavoured, disease resistant tomato hybrids is expensive but it more than pays for itself in the vastly improved production of ripe tomatoes.
When to sow: Early spring
Where to sow: in 5 or 7.5cm pots
Depth to sow: 5mm
Aspect: Full sun or as sunny a spot as possible.
Soil: Prepared, well drained, fertilised soil. Add lime if soil is too acid.
Spacing: Between plants: 60 to 90cm; Between rows: 90 to 100cm
Directions: Plant the seed individually in 5 or 7.5cm pots on bottom heat 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. When the first true leaves appear take the seedlings off bottom heat but keep them under cover. Don’t over water. When they have made sturdy plants, before they start flowering and when the danger of frost is over, plant them outside. After planting, a plastic tree guard will protect them from wind and also creates a warm micro-climate. Tie to a 200cm stake or a 200cm pig wire trellis.
Packet 8 seeds