The Tomato.

Updated 5th April.

We have some good varieties ready now for growing under glass or a Polytunnel.
Shirley, Pannovy, Bauna, moneymaker, Alicante, Akron.
Sungold, Honeycomb, Gardeners Delight, Sakura, Sweet 100, Sweet Million, Sweet Aperitif. Supersteak

Good news is we have plenty growing on! Lots of different varieties - Ready soon from mid- April onwards

The tomato needs no introduction. It's a favourite for everyone. What better than eating the fruits of your labour straight off the vine. It could be a sweet cherry tomato warmed by the sun. The big juicy steak tomato or one for that perfect salad. The unforgettable pasta sauce, chutneys, soups & other winter warmers & so on.

The tomato you have to admit, is versatile. It is fortunate that the vitamin rich nutritious super food is easy to grow. No matter how much space or experience there is a variety & type to suit everyone. 

At Lyonshall Nurseries we grow all our tomato plants. We have them available from late March until the end of May.

It can be mind blowing in how many varieties there are. We grow the best & most reliable varieties. We have the early glasshouse (indoor) types, Shirley is a big favourite. The reliable, high yielding varieties such as Money Maker. Cherry types such as Sweet Aperitif, Sakura & Gardeners Delight. Some of these types can also be grown outdoors later on. Alicante, MegaByte & St Pierre are good ones to try. Not forgetting the ever increasing new varieties for growing in tubs & baskets, such as Red Profusion, Cherry Falls, Tumbling Tom, Veranda Red & Divinity. I have put together some info on growing tomatoes successfully - here. If you are interested please take a look.

I will list the varieties we will be growing for 2024 & the type & sizes of the tomato and plant.

Vine or Cordon (Interdeterminate) types.

Normal size fruits - Round salad type
Shirley F1
Pannovy F1
Akron F1*
Bauna F1
Cocktail Crush*
* = can be grown outdoors from end of May

Cherry size fruits - usually grown as a vine under glass or in polytunnel
Sweet Aperitif
Rapunzel F1
Sweet Million F1
Gardeners Delight*
Sungold F1
Honeycomb - improved Sungold
Cherry Baby*
Supersweet 100 F1
Toddler F1 - new packed with flavour*

Plum types
Nagina F1 - (New vine type of plum - excellent during trial last year)
Roma - limited stock
Sweet Olive - a cherry sized plum
Santa Victoria F1 - a cherry sized plum
Vivacious F1 - New, large sized orange colour packed with Vitamin A

Beefsteak size
Buffalo Sun - Big American style
Brandy Boy
Supersteak - best variety
Orange Wellington
Honeymoon - large salad type



Bush cherry size fruit
Totem Red F1
Veranda Red

Basket or semi-trailing types
Tumbling Tom Red
Tumbling Tom Yellow
Red Profusion F1
Cherry Falls
Losetto F1

Tomato SakuraTomato Shimmer

Tomato 'Sakura' cherry type                                                                            Tomato 'Shimmer'

Tomato red profusionTomato Nagina plum

Tomato 'Red Profusion' basket or container variety                                       Tomato 'Nagina' vine plum type


Descriptions & Images to follow very soon.


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