Early Annie Tomato
Early Annie Tomato is a bush tomato producing large red fruits weighing around 60 to 130 grams. It is a no fuss plant that doesn’t have to be staked, however keeping the plant off the ground will help minimise fungal issues.
The bulk of the fruits tend to ripen pretty quickly within a few weeks. Not the earliest of the tomatoes I grow but still reliable and on the earlier side considering the size of fruits and yields.
2021/22 season: Sown Oct 15, planted outside Dec 3, ripening began mid February. (75 approx days from planting))
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 heat-mat.
Spacing – 50cm
- 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.