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Tomato 'Gardener's Delight'      

Solanum lycopersicum

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Belonging to the Solanum genus (Solanum lycopersicum 'Gardener's Delight'), Gardener's Delight is a variety of Tomato. 'Gardener's Delight' is considered a heirloom cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Painter yellow and   Canary yellow. When mature, blooms are roughly 1.0 cm (that's 0.39 inches in imperial) in diameter.The blooms display an average of 5 petals. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   International orange. Leaves appear approximately as a   Ao green and   Dark spring green colour.

Early cherry type tomato, 1" in diameter, described as having an old-time tomato flavour. Strong vining plant, regular leafed.
Can be grown under glass or outside best as a cordon.
This is a really good tomato to grow if you only have a short season and no greenhouse. The tomatoes do not have to grow large before they can ripen and it does well in cooler conditions

It is an Fruit and is treated mainly as a Annual/Perennial, This means that it can grow either as a single season or multiple season plant. Gardener's Delight is known for its Erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.70 metres (5.52 feet). This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.

Germany is believed to be where Gardener's Delight originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Gardener's Delight Tomato is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Gardener's Delight have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Gardener's Delight

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Grow as a cordon (removing the side shots) and tie in to a supporting cane.
Outdoor tomatoes should only set four trusses and then stop the top shoot too.
As the bottom truss ripens, remove the lower leaves to expose the fruit to the meager sunshine

Position in a full sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Gardener's Delight is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Planting Gardener's Delight in loamy soil with a ph of between 5.0 and 6.0 is ideal for as it does best in moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil.

Growing Gardener's Delight from seed

Tomato seeds last a long time and can be saved from year to year without much loss in germination rate
They need a bit of warmth and need to be started later in the spring if the plants are for outside compared to growing under glass

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 2.60 feet (80.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.78 inches (2.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Gardener's Delight about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Gardener's Delight

Transplant out when around 15cm (6 inches) high.

Plant to the first set of true leaves to promote strong root growth.

As Gardener's Delight is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out (around 12°C / 54°F as a guideline) - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Gardener's Delight

If growing in a area with a short season, trim back the leaves to expose the ripening fruit and only allow 4 trusses to set if growing out doors

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by late summer.

Tomato Gardener's Delight Etymology

Bred by Paul Tellhelm in 1950, and commercially introduced by Jung’s Quality Seed (Germany).

Other Names for Tomato 'Gardener's Delight'

Tiny Sugar Lumps, Gardeners delight, Sugar Lump, Jung’s Sugar Lump

Latest Tomato 'Gardener's Delight' Reviews

  • Plant easily grows 6ft tall, and produces hundreds of small cherry type red tomatoes. Good all around tomato flavour – this one needs room to grow and heavy staking. Very productive.

    5 stars

    kelly about growing Tomato 'Gardener's Delight'
  • This one of the most vigorous tomatoes around. It easily reaches 2m/6ft high & produces 100s of small toms on long trusses. It has a good tomatoey flavour. Toms start way down & grow very quickly!

    4 stars

    Amarylis about growing Tomato 'Gardener's delight'
  • I am so impressed with this variety of tomato. It grew, always a bonus, and produced great fruit sweet and flavoursome. The stems needed support and I had to prune hard to show who was boss. Excellent

    5 stars

    japagow about growing Tomato Gardeners Delight

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