Try a new kind of tomato this year.

NZ Gardener - - What To Show & Plant This Month ... -

As you all know, toma­toes can be planted out­side in much of the coun­try at Labour Week­end – although as I say ev­ery year, if in doubt, wait! These heat lovers won’t thank you for a cold start in life, and toma­toes planted in early Novem­ber will soon catch up to, and even over­take, the growth of any started while the nights in your re­gion are still too cold. This month we’ve gone to the NZ Gar­dener com­mu­nity for a bit of col­lec­tive wis­dom (check out our crowd-sourced 50 tips on grow­ing toma­toes on page 17) so I won’t go on too much about toma­toes here. But I will sug­gest giv­ing dwarf toma­toes a go, es­pe­cially if you are short of space. Dwarf toma­toes are not – I re­peat, not! – the same as cherry toma­toes. Cherry toma­toes pro­duce smaller fruit, but the plants can eas­ily reach 2m. Dwarf toma­toes have been bred for con­tainer growth and only reach about 30cm. Try ‘Tiny Tim’, ‘MiniBelle for Pots’ and ‘Tum­bling Tom Red’ or ‘Tum­bling Tom Yel­low’. My mother has had great re­sults with dwarf toms in hang­ing bas­kets, with her plants pro­duc­ing so much fruit you could scarcely see the leaves!

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