Tomato - Shirley
Shirley tomato is one of the most popular hybrid varieties. It produces large trusses of medium size fruits on strong plants very early in the season. This cordon type tomato has fast become an exhibitors and home gardeners favourite because of the high yields of very good quality fruit that shows some resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Cladosporium ABC and Fusarium.
Sow from January to April. Sow seeds under glass, 0.5cm deep in pots or trays of good seed sowing compost, and lightly cover with a sprinkling of vermiculite or compost. Place containers in a propagator at a temperature of 18–21°C. Prick out seedlings, once large enough to handle, into 9cm pots. Transplant to the greenhouse border soil, or individual large pots, or 3 plants per growbag when 20cm high. Can also be planted outdoors once all risk of frost has past. Plants require side shooting and support for the best yields. Water and feed plants regularly with a high potash feed once the first truss has set. Ready to harvest from July to October.