Calmart Tomato is a very early ripening bush tomato producing large red cherries (10 to 25g) fruits. First one ripened December 16 (2021/22 season, seed sown late July, Planted Oct 26) and has continued producing fruits.
Given its ability to handle ordinary conditions during late Spring, it is highly recommended to have at least 1 plant in your garden. A bush that benefits for from being tied to a stake. A fairly compact plant so suits all garden sizes and suitable for growing in pots.
A bush determinate variety but staking is recommended. A regular in my garden.
Sow – Start on a heat mat ideally in mid to late August to October and plant out after frost risk and soils around 10 deg at night (after 7 days consecutively).
Can start earlier if planting in a hothouse. 8 weeks on average from sowing to planting if using a heatmat.
Spacing – 50cm
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- How I Grow my tomatoes post
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- The wild ancestor of the tomato is native to western South America. These wild versions were the size of peas. Aztecs and other peoples in Mesoamerica were the first to have domesticated the fruit and used in their cooking.
- The Spanish first introduced tomatoes to Europe, where they became used in Spanish food.
- In France, Italy and northern Europe, the tomato was initially grown as an ornamental plant. It was regarded with suspicion as a food because botanists recognized it as a nightshade, a relative of the poisonous belladonna.
- This was exacerbated by the interaction of the tomato’s acidic juice with pewter plates.
- The leaves and immature fruit contains tomatine, which in large quantities would be toxic. However, the ripe fruit contains no tomatine.