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Tomato 'Shirley' F1 Hybrid

Solanum lycopersicum L.

Half-hardy Annual

What is Half-Hardy Annual?

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An exhibitor favourite for its heavy crops of excellent quality fruit

One of the most popular varieties for cultivating

Heavy crops of excellent quality fruit

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Tomato 'Shirley' is a great tomato for growing in grow bags, in the greenhouse. It has excellent disease resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Cladosporium ABC and Fusarium. It is popular with exhibitors, as it produces perfectly round and red tomatoes on the vine. It is an early maturing variety, so great for early summer salads. Height: 200cm (79"). Spread: 50cm (20").

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 200cm (79in)
Spread Up to 50cm (20in)

Half-hardy Annual

greenhousekitchen garden

full sun

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3 x 9cm Peat-Free Potted Plants (KC3216)
3 Peat-Free Postiplug Plants (KC7409)
1 x 9cm Peat-Free Potted Plant (KC4856)

Water tomato plants frequently, to keep the compost evenly moist. Feed tomatoes regularly with a high potash plant food once the first truss of fruit has formed.

Tie the main stems to their supports and remove any sideshoots that develop between the main stem and the leaf stems. Once the plant has produced 6 or 7 trusses, pinch out the top of the main stem. This process of "sideshooting" and "stopping" will increase the availability of light and air movement around the developing fruit, and focus the plants energy on producing a good crop of high quality tomatoes. Tomatoes can be harvested as they ripen from July to October.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. While the majority of our nursery plants cope well with slight delays in intransit, sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this for some of our smaller plug products and tender bedding and vegetable lines, which do not respond well to the extra journey time. So regretfully while we offer the majority of our live plant offering nationwide, we are unable to ship plugs, begging plants and tender vegetable plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3.

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