Nation of Gardeners results: Tomato Sakura seeds

Tomato SakuraTomato Cherry Sakura F1  are a high yielding tomato producing lots of cherry-sized fruits that hang in trusses on vigorous plants.  The plants produce sweet, delicious flavour fruits with a good red colour and texture. This variety has disease resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus and Fusarium oxysporum and is an indeterminate good for indoor and outdoor growing.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Tomato Sakura F1 in March 2014 for, predominantly, outdoor growing, though 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 the 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 north east facing windowsill at circa 20C. 5 out of 6 seeds germinated.
Renfrewshire 28m 22 March 26 March Sown into heated propagator. 9 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
Bristol 55m 23 March 31 March Sown into the conservatory
Suffolk 6m 19 March 29 March Sown into the greenhouse
Hertfordshire 150m 15 March 8 April Sown onto south facing windowsill.
Surrey 58m 20 March 25 March Sown into greenhouse in south west facing position
Pontypridd 157m 13 March 20 March Sown onto north facing windowsill at circa 18-21C.  75% germination 3 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 – these were the first of the 3 varieties to show.
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 13 March 20 April Sown on south facing windowsill.
Moray 14 March 20 March 10 of 11 germinated
Derbyshire 241m 15 March 18 March Sown into heated propagator in south facing room, circa 16-18C. 9 out of 11 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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