One of the easiest varieties of tomatoes available, Gardener’s Delight is a cherry tomato that’s particularly loved for its tangy flavour and prolific output. Ideal for adding to salads and sandwiches.
|Germination||7 - 14 Days|
|Sowing Method||Indoors Sow (trays)|
|Days to Maturity||75 Days|
|Greenhouse / Polytunnel||Recommended|
|Recommended Soil pH||5.5-7.0|
[65 days] The Gardener’s Delight is an old, early season German heirloom that produces prolific clusters of 6 to 12 cherry tomatoes all summer long. It's indeterminate and crack resistant, and the fact that it’s super easy to grow makes it the perfect choice for new gardeners.
The Gardener’s Delight is a RHS AGM variety that is reliable and prolific regardless of whether it’s grown outdoors or in the greenhouse.
Height: 200cm (79"). Spread: 50cm (20").
The Gardener’s Delight grows well outside, on the patio and in the greenhouse. Since tomatoes need a long growing season, start seeds indoors as early as January or February for greenhouse crops, or March and April for outdoor crops.
Starting Indoors: Start by sowing seeds in trays of good compost 2cm apart, in modules with 2 seeds per cell, or in peat pots. Cover with glass or plastic to make sure soil after gently watering to ensure the soil stays evenly moist. Keep soil temperature to about 18C. Germination takes about 7-14 days with heat and up to two weeks without.
Remove the glass/plastic cover once seedlings appear. Transplant into small pots as soon as 2-4 true leaves have formed. Thin module seedlings to one per cell. When first truss of flowers appear, transplant to permanent growing site. If planting outdoors, make sure to harden plants off gradually before transplanting.
When growing tomatoes outdoors, wait until all risk of frost has passed before transplanting. Also, make sure to harden the plants off, gradually acclimatising them to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 - 10 days, and then plant them out from early June when the plants are 20 cm (8") tall. Plants should be set 45 cm apart with 75 cm between rows.
Stake the plants by tying the stem loosely to a cane or other support. To prune, remove the side shoots above the leaf joint when they reach 2cm length. Take out the growing point when the plants reach the greenhouse eaves or the top of the cane outdoors.
Make sure to water regularly - uneven watering can cause fruits to split and/or promote blossom end rot - black blotches on the end that cause the fruit to rot.