tomato (standard) 'Ailsa Craig'
tomato / Solanum lycopersicum'Ailsa Craig'
- available to order from autumn
- approx 75 seeds
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
A fine old variety which has stood the test of time and is still one of the best you can buy for flavour, with a rich, tangy taste that has just the right level of sweetness. Grows outside or under cover, although as it takes its time to develop that mouthwatering flavour results are more reliable in a greenhouse. Sow basil among your tomatoes as a companion plant: the scent deters whitefly and it's handy for harvesting to complement your tomatoes perfectly in Mediterranean cooking. A heritage variety introduced in 1925.
- Growing Instructions:Sow in a frost-free greenhouse or windowsill, potting on seedlings individually as they grow. Once all danger of frost has passed, plant into greenhouse borders or into growbags, or harden plants off and plant outside in rich soil in a sunny spot. Tie in to supports and pinch out side shoots: keep well-watered and feed weekly once flowers form.
- Sow: January-March
- Harvest: July-October