Year of tomato launches released

This year has been declared 'Year of the Tomato' by Fleuroselect, the organisation which trials and assesses new seed varieties from around the world to determine their suitability for European conditions.

Tomato 'Red Bodyguard'
Tomato 'Red Bodyguard'

Suffolk seedsman Mr Fothergill's is supporting the campaign with the introduction of several new varieties, plus a display stand featuring 16 varieties in many of its retail stockists throughout the UK.


Tomato Sungold F1 has long been regarded as a 'standard' for flavour, and the renowned 'cherry' variety is joined by three new and exclusive sister-varieties for 2016. Suncherry Smile F1 has superb sweetness and good disease resistance, Sunchocola F1 has a rich, dark skin and tasty flesh, while Sunlemon F1 produces delicious, yellow-skinned fruits. All three exclusive new strains are priced at £3.25 for 10 seeds.

Marshall's is promoting Tomato Montello F1 with a six seed pack at 50p.  Also new from Marshalls is Cabbage Gunma and Enviii Foundation, which is a new probiotic plant booster. 

Suttons has F1 Crimson Crush, which promises to be blight-free, while Thompson & Morgan'a Vegetable of the Year for 2016 – Tomato Mountain Magic, is a "fully blight resistant variety". Akron and Sweet Aperitif are also in T&M's top three tomatoes.

Exclusive to Mr Fothergill's for 2016 is Red Bodyguard F1 (£1.95 for 10 seeds).

Meanwhile, Pomona Fruits has issued a new catalogue featuring the first dwarf raspberry 'Ruby Beauty', 'Core Blimey' apples, 'Meteor Korai' cherries and 'Sibley's Patio Victoria'  plum and 'Sibley's Patio' almond.

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