Tasty round bright red fruit, with orange stripes. The 5cm tomatoes are quite beautiful. High yields, even in cool summers, producing very early, with good disease resistance.
Requires a rich well-drained soil in a warm sunny position. Determinate, 55-75 days to maturity.
Tomato plants are not frost-tolerant and generally need to be started off in a greenhouse in the spring if they are to succeed outdoors in Britain. They also need a hot sunny summer if they are to fruit well. Some varieties have been developed that can be successfully grown outdoors during the summer in temperate climates such as Britain, although good summers are still required in order to get reasonable yields.
Tomatoes grow well with asparagus, parsley, brassicas and stinging nettles. They are also a good companion for gooseberries, helping to keep them free of insect pests. They dislike growing near fennel, kohl-rabi, potatoes and brassicas (this is not a typing error, merely a difference of opinion between different books).