Tomato 'Tiny Tim'
Perfect for urban farmers in apartments or townhouses and certainly one of the best-tasting patio tomatoes, this dwarf plant reaches just 30cm high and bears a generous crop of grape sized fruit with that real tomato flavour. Developed by the University of New Hampshire in 1945 with the purpose of finding a tasty cherry tomato suitable for pot culture, 'Tiny Tim' offers a quick harvest on a dwarf plant with fruit that features that real tomato flavour and not just a mass of sweet juice. A must-have for container gardeners.
Tomatoes are a warm season crop requiring temperatures of 15-29 degrees Celsius to grow and germinate successfully. Seed germinates best at 20-25 degrees Celsius, while the seedlings thrive from 15 degrees Celsius. Sow seed 6-8 weeks before you want to plant out your tomatoes. Sow in punnets or trays and maintain consistent moisture and temperature. Prick out and place in individual pots once true leaves appear and harden off at least one to two weeks before planting out. Plant tomato seedlings out when soil temperature reaches 15°C or more, and after risk of frost has passed. Plant in full sun and enrich the soil with compost and well-rotted manure. In pots, use a premium organic potting mix. Mulch and water regularly, especially during hot weather. Stake at planting and train to the stake as plants grow. Avoid overhead watering.