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Tomato Floridity Seeds, packet contents :  10 seeds

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Tomato Floridity are vigorous plants that produce impressive long trusses with up to 35 sweet baby plum tomatoes per cluster and outstanding flavour. This variety is high in lycopene and has good disease resistance.

Floridity is best grown in the greenhouse, but can be used for planting outdoors later in the season.

Tomato Floridity Sowing Guidelines
When to Sow Seeds: Mid February to May
Germination Temperature: 18C +
Cover Seed: Lightly
Time to Germinate: 7 Days
Frost Hardy: No
Spacing Between Plants: 50cm
Growth Habit: Corden
Plant Height: 180cm +

General Tomato growing tips for plants with cordon habit.

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A crop of Floridity tomatoes takes around 14 weeks from seed to first harvest, being one of the earliest to fruit. Although you can sow seed from as early as late December in a heated greenhouse, it is more usual to sow in a unheated greenhouse or on the kitchen windowsill in March / April for planting out April / May.

Sowing

  • Sow the tomato seed individually in cell trays, using a good quality seed compost. Lightly cover over and keep moist at a temperature of 18 degrees. Seedlings should start showing around 7 days if you have the right temperature.

  • Prick out into 9cm pots once the seedlings are big enough.

  • When the plants have reached 2 trues leaves, begin feeding weekly with a weak tomato feed.

Growing On

  • Once the plants are 20cm tall, they can be planted in their final positions. Because tomatoes like the warmth you will always get a earlier and bigger crop from greenhouse grown plants.

  • Greenhouse grown plants can be planted April onwards. Plants for outside should be hardened off, before planting out. Plant under cloches in early May, otherwise leave till June and plant out then. Again this will all depend on weather and risk of frost!

  • Carry on feeding weekly. Increase the strenght of the feed as the plant grows. We believe lack of feed is the main reason that people fail in growing a decent crop of tomatoes. The feed should include a balance of Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus (NPK) and ideally should include Trace Elements as well.

  • Being a cordon variety Tomato Floridity will need support as it grows. String can be used, tied firmly to a strong support wire above and tied loosely around the base of the plant. The plants are then twisted round the string as they grow. The direction of twisting doesn’t matter, but be consistent; otherwise you will untwist the ones you did earlier! Canes can be used, but be careful that heavily loaded plants may slide down unless tied securely. At the same time make sure you don’t strangle the plant stems.

  • Other Tasks.

    Sideshoots should be removed regularly before they get large. It should be possible to do this by hand but if they get too big a knife or secateurs should be used. Some leaves may need to be removed if very congested and old leaves should be removed from the bottom of the plant as they begin to age. They should snap out like sideshoots. Doing this will also allow easier picking off ripen fruits and reduce disease risk.


  • Pests & Diseases.

    The worst pest for many will be White Fly. Try to avoid it by making sure there is none in the greenhouse in the first place. Many sprays are sold but the pest is not easy to control. SB Plant Invigorator is one of the best and tends to reduce White Fly and aphids, whilst at the same time giving a light feed of nitrogen.

    The major disease under glass is Botrytis or Grey Mould. The spores are everywhere so there is no way to keep it out, but it needs a film of moisture and warmth to develop. Good ventilation and good hygiene can do a great deal to keep it at bay. A fungicide can be used if needed.

    Although largely a disease of outdoor tomatoes, Potato Blight can be a problem under glass in some years.

Harvesting

  • Tomato fruits ripen in response to warmth, so during cold weather or late in the season they will ripen very slowly. At the end of the season green fruit may be ripened indoors; keep them warm. Direct sunlight contributes little to ripening and too much may well damage the fruit.

  • Ethylene is involved in ripening and this is given off by ripening Bananas, and the tale that keeping unripe Tomatoes next to ripening Bananas will help, is true- up to a point.

Remember! Beware of frost - Floridity tomato plants are not hardy.

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Tomato Floridity
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Tastiest small plum tomato around
Wednesday, 19 October 2016  |  James

I first discovered this variety of tomato about 5 or 6 years ago and have grown it every year ever since. It is always reliable even in poor years like this one (2016) and provides an abundant crop of tasty tomatoes that rarely split and in my personal experience store well for up to a couple of months after picking, even when fully ripe. Great for eating on their own with a grind or two of black pepper.


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Great taste and yield
Sunday, 2 October 2016  |  Stephen

These are my favourite cherry tomato. Year on year I get a great crop.Really good taste, no splitting and don't seem to suffer from any problems. (Grown in Polytunnel)


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Best flavoured cherry type tomato
Saturday, 18 January 2014  |  Debby

I grew this last year in my polytunnel. It germinated well and had a long fruiting season. Good resistance to splitting and great flavour both fresh and in sauces. I will be growing it again this year.


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fab
Sunday, 13 October 2013  |  V

lots of fruit but keeps really well so not a glut.
Best taste. Use for salad and grilling. Tried one outside but they split. No splitting in the greenhouse


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Floridity tomato at its best
Sunday, 27 January 2013  |  Teresa

I purchased these seeds 2 years ago kept them in the fridge and they have very good germination and the best cropping of any cherry type I have grown. They look wonderful and are great for the children's lunch box as they are so sweet. Best tasting tomato and one I would not be without. They have also won on the show bench every time I have entered them.

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