This bush tomato plant grows to about 50-80 cm tall. Produces 5-7 cm tomatoes with an old-fashioned tomato taste: not too sweet but very tasty.
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Sowing time: pre-sow from mid-March until April Height: 80 cm Contents: 0.25 grams
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This Bush Tomato only grows 50 - 80 cm tall. So there’s no need for a trellis. The tomatoes grow to about 5-7 cm in diameter. They've got an old-fashioned tomato taste: not too sweet but very tasty.
Species name: Balcony tomato 'Maya’
Plants per square patch: 1
Height: 50 - 80 cm
Pre-sowing: Mid-March till end of April. Plant outside in mid-May.
Position: 3rd row of your raised bed. Or ideal for the MM-mini
Time to harvest: After 16 weeks
Germination: 20°C in 6 -10 days
Want to buy Bush Tomato seeds? We sell seed bags separately, or, you can get them as part of a seed pack:
What's so special about our Bush Tomato?
Most tomatoes grow big and tall and need a trellis for support.
The Bush Tomato is one of the few tomato varieties that stays small while producing lots of tomatoes. They are compact plants that only need a little support when they get weighed down with fruits.
Sowing and growing
Bush Tomatoes are true summer vegetables. They do best in warmer weather: the seeds germinate between 15 and 20°C and the seedlings are sensitive to lower temperatures.
So, start your Bush Tomato plants indoors. You pre-sow them from the end of March to mid-April. Once they’re strong enough, you move them outside (around May 20).
Bush Tomatoes need a lot of nutrients. Give them some extra MM-Plantfood when you plant them, and add some more in mid-July.
This variety grows to be about 60 cm tall. So they don’t need a trellis. You can plant them in an MM-Mini or in the back row of your raised bed.
Unlike other tomatoes, you don’t need to remove the side branches (suckers): you want your plants to get nice bushy. When the tomato fruits ripen, just remove any leaves that are blocking their sun.
Bus Tomatoes stay white-green for a while, then slowly fade to bright red. That means they’re ready to eat!
Step-by-step sowing and growing instructions are in the Planty Gardening app.
How do you use it?
The tomato fruits will ripen when they're about 5-7 cm. They're tastiest when bright red but still firm. They have an old-fashioned tomato taste: not too sweet but very tasty.
Pluck your ripe tomatoes right off the plant. The stem breaks easily when they're ready. Or, use scissors and cut them from the stems. If you leave them hanging too long, they’ll get soft and mealy.
Tomatoes can be used raw or cooked. They're delicious in salads, sauces, soups and stir-fries.