How to grow tomatoes

With enough sunlight, water and patience, growing your own tasty tomatoes is easy.

Planting and harvesting season

Australian Capital Territory
Plant from late September. 
Harvest until end of March.

New South Wales: North Coast
Plant all year round.
Harvest within 10-12 weeks for most varieties. Tomatoes will take slightly longer to ripen in the winter months than in spring/summer.

New South Wales: Other
Plant from August. 
Harvest until end of March.

Northern Territory
Plant from late April to July
Harvest between May and October.

Queensland: North
Plant from April.
Harvest until end of November.

Queensland: South East
Plant all year round.
Harvest within 10-12 weeks for most varieties. Tomatoes will take slightly longer to ripen in the winter months than in spring/summer.

South Australia
Plant from August. 
Harvest until end of March.

Tasmania
Plant from first week of September.
Harvest until end of March.

Victoria
Plant from August.
Harvest until end of March.

Western Australia
Plant from August.
Harvest until end of March.

 

Successful growing tips

Planting

The ideal position for tomato plants is in full sun, protected from strong winds. Prepare the soil before planting by digging in some organic matter then water in thoroughly using a liquid fertiliser. Ease the seedlings out of the container and plant them at the same soil level as they were in the punnet. Water in the seedlings immediately after planting. Plants requiring staking should be planted at least 1 metre apart. Bush type tomatoes should be planted 50cm apart.

Staking

Most tomato plants benefit from staking to encourage fruiting. It is best to stake early while the plant is young and to ensure a nice straight stem. The best plant ties are made from a soft material as they won’t cut into the stems as the plants grow. Any type of support structure may be used.

Feeding

Tomatoes require regular feeding. Apply granule fertiliser, supplemented with a soluable or liquid fertiliser regulary at recommended rates.

Watering

Regular watering is more effective than frequent light sprinkles. To prevent disease occurring avoid watering the foliage. Early morning around the base of the plant is the most beneficial method.

Growing in pots

Nearly all tomatoes may be grown successfully in pots although the larger varieties need large deep tubs (50-60cm) with good staking or support. Compact varieties such as San Marzano and Mama’s Delight are ideal for smaller pots and great for small areas. Don’t forget to water and fertilise your potted tomatoes as pots dry out more quickly, as per above.

Also look for compact varieties such as Tumbler Red, Tumbler Yellow, Patio Roma and Pot Tomato in the Floriana Patio Harvest range.

For best results always use a quality Australian Standards potting mix.

Types of tomatoes

tomatoes
Illustration and information intended as a guide only. Performance may vary according to local conditions. 

Gourmet Gardener

Gourmet Gardener tomatoes include Australia's favourite varieties from the finest hybrids to the better performing heirlooms. Our master growers use the best quality seed to bring you the strongest and healthiest tomatoes. Advanced seedlings varieties available in 100mm pots.


Available Varieties: Gourmet Gardener
VARIETY FRUIT TYPE FEATURE PLANT HEIGHT
Apollo Superb flavoured round fruit    Early to fruit Tall
Beef Steak Large fruit, solid flesh Great in salads Tall
Black Russian Rich, meaty variety Old fashioned flavour Tall
Father Tom Great salad tomato Fast growing, superior disease resistance    Tall
Grosse Lisse Medium-large,globe shaped Medium-late season fruiting Tall
Health Kick Roma type Bonus health benefits Tall
Mama's Delight    Good flavored salad type Great for novice gardeners Tall
Reggae Roma Sweet roma High yielding variety Tall
San Marzano Thick skinned roma Great in pots Small bush
Sweet Bite Sweet cherry Vigorous, high yielding Tall
Sweet Grape Small and sweet High yielding Tall
Tommy Toe Large, sweet cherry Strong garden variety Tall
Yellow Mellow salad variety Lower in acids Tall

Patio Harvest

Patio Harvest tomatoes have been chosen for their suitability for pot culture. Compact and high-yielding they are also suitable for planting in garden beds. Advanced seedlings varieties available in 100mm pots.

Available Varieties: Patio Harvest
VARIETY FRUIT TYPE FEATURE PLANT HEIGHT
Patio Roma Flavoursome,plum-shaped    Great for containers Small bush
Pot Tomato Medium sized,great flavour Strong and vigorous Medium
Tumbler Red/Yellow    Small, sweet cherry Great in hanging basket    Small bush
Fresh Start™


Fresh Start™ tomatoes

Fresh Start™ tomatoes are superior varieties that deliver superior results. Finest quality plants are grown to an advanced size for a stronger start in life and faster garden results. Advanced seedlings varieties available in 125mm pots.

Availabe Varieties: Fresh Start™
VARIETY FRUIT TYPE FEATURE PLANT HEIGHT
Tomatoberry™    Small, berry shaped    Sweet, distinctive taste    Tall
Mini Roma Small roma Big Italian flavour Tall
Pink Pearl™ Sweet cherry Distinctive fruit colour Tall
Truss Sweet Small, plum shaped Attractive fruit trusses Tall
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