Earlinorth tomato was a find for the 2021/22 growing season. Was the equal first to ripen (along with Calmart Dec 16) of the varieties I grew outside. Medium sized red fruits make this a winner on your breakfast plate early in the season. A small bush but a stake is worthwhile to keep it off the ground. Fruits weigh around 20 to 90 grams.
This variety has been grown by northern hemisphere gardeners including those within the Arctic Circle. Can set fruit to temperatures as low as 4 degrees celsius. This variety was originally introduced in 1952.
In Hothouse planted 25/9, first ripe fruit 8/12, 74 days (plant grown in grow bag and moved to outside as was too warm in the hothouse.
Outside planted 4/11, first ripe fruit 28/12, 54 days (Indicates this variety better suited to cooler weather than a hothouse.
Sow – Start on a heat mat ideally in 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 – 40-60cm
- Back to Tomatoes
- How I Grow my tomatoes post
- Tomatoes on the Wiki
- 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.