Nation of Gardeners results: Tomato Ferline seeds

Tomato Ferline F1Tomato Ferline F1  are a blight tolerant variety that produces superb quality standard sized fruit with a wonderful flavour.  Tolerance to blight, Fusarium and Verticillium, this is an indeterminate variety, for healthier crops outdoors or in a greenhouse.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Tomato Ferline F1 in March 2014 for, predominantly, outdoor growing, thought the gardeners may also choose to grow some of their plants in a greenhouse if they wish. Mr Fothergill’s are looking for reports on yield and flavour, but also disease resistance if any of the gardeners previously have experienced problems with blight and other diseases this variety is bred for tolerance against.

The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 25 March 30 March Sown onto south facing windowsill at circa 20C. 12 out of 12 seeds germinated.
Renfrewshire 28m 22 March 27 March Sown into heated propagator. 11 out of 11 germinated.  15 March: Pricked out to larger pots.
North Devon 30-50m 15 March 24 March Sown indoors on east facing windowsill
Worcestershire 55m
Herefordshire 7 April Sown onto east facing windowsill
Cumbria 90m
Ceredigion 131m 19 March Sown indoors in north east facing position
Bristol 55m 23 March 31 March Sown into the conservatory
Suffolk 6m 19 March 29 March Sown into the greenhouse
Hertfordshire 150m 16 March 9 April South onto south facing windowsill.
Surrey 58m 20 March 25 March Sown into greenhouse in south west facing position
Pontypridd 157m 13 March 19 March Sown onto north facing windowsill at circa 18-21C.  100% germination 4 out of 4 – Got leggy very quick had to pot on, on 26/03/2014 and then put in outside cold frame
Buckinghamshire 66m 17 March 24 March 100% germination
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 13 March 20 April Sown on south facing windowsill.
Moray 14 March 20 March 13 of 14 germinated.
Derbyshire 241m 15 March 20 March Sown into heated propagator in south facing room, circa 16-18C. 7 out of 10 germinated. 21 March: turned off heat and uncovered.  29 March: very leggy so potted on deep into individual pots. 1 April: True leaves visible. 22 April: plants are small but overtaking February sown varieties in height and span of foliage. Looking healthy and lushly green.

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