• Tomato (Standard) Shirley F1 Grafted Plants

Tomato (Standard) Shirley F1 Grafted Plants

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3 x 9cm Potted Plants (EARLY)
Solanum lycopersicum
Item Code: 56313
Awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit
Suitable for Containers
Perfect for Pollination
Full Sun

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A much-loved variety famed for its heavy yields of well-flavoured fruits - an outstanding hybrid. Early to mature and very reliable. Indeterminate.

Grafted vegetable plants offer us gardeners’ plants which have greater vigour and much more resistance to soil borne pests and diseases, such as nematodes – particularly useful if you grow in the greenhouse border soil each year, where crop rotation is somewhat limited! The grafting process brings together the best attributes of two different plants – a species rootstock and a hybrid variety.

The hybrid variety is grafted to the species rootstock to produce plants which are strong and vigorous, which in turn, produce more fruits and heavier yields. Although traditionally greenhouse grown, we have found, over the last few years, that plants, if placed in a warm and sunny position, will also crop well outside too – even more reason to grow them!

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Planting & Harvesting

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Today almost all commercial tomato production in Europe is done using grafted plants; you too can do what the professionals do! Some varieties can reach 3m tall given the space! Earlier crops, heavier crops, longer cropping periods and much more. Supplied as well established plants in 9cm pots in either Determinate (bush) or Indeterminate (vine) form. Determinate tomatoes (also known as Bush tomatoes). The plants are smaller (up to 90cm/3ft tall) and rather compact, can be grown with or without support. Removing side-shoots from determinate tomatoes is not recommended. They produce early, one large crop of fruit in a short period of time (2-3 weeks). Indeterminate tomatoes (also known as Vine or Cordon tomatoes). The tall plants (up to 3m/10ft if left unstopped) keep growing and producing tomatoes over long period of time, until frost kills the vine. The plants require staking, tying and side shoot pinching. Please note – do not remove the plastic grafting clip. It will fall off naturally as the plant grows.