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Tomato 'Ailsa Craig'  

Solanum lycopersicum

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Ailsa Craig is part of the Solanum genus and is a Tomato variety. Its scientific name is Solanum lycopersicum 'Ailsa Craig'. 'Ailsa Craig' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Red.

75 days, indeterminate, regular leaf, small red tomatoes growing in clusters of 6-8, some fruits are slightly elongated, but most are round, 1.5 oz, more acidic, very good taste, good production. Exceptional flavour and does well in Maritime and cooler climates. It is indeterminate and produces heavily. Higher acid, 1-2 inch (2.5-5 cm) red fruit set on a regular-leafed plant. A good greenhouse tomato.

It is an Fruit and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Ailsa Craig is known for its Erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet).

United Kingdom is believed to be where Ailsa Craig originates from.

Ailsa Craig Tomato is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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

How to grow Ailsa Craig

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Give a high potassium feed weekly after fruit has started setting.

Position in a full sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Ailsa Craig 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. Ailsa Craig needs a loamy soil with a ph of 5.0 to 6.0 (moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil).

Growing Ailsa Craig from seed

Start seeds indoors six weeks before last frost date.

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 Ailsa Craig about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Ailsa Craig

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

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

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Ailsa Craig is a tender plant.

Harvesting Ailsa Craig

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

Tomato Ailsa Craig Etymology

According to U.C.DAVIS Plant Sciences, "Ailsa Craig is a variety of tomato that has been an experimental staple of tomato molecular biology and biotechnology. Originally Ailsa Craig, named for a small rocky island off the coast of England, was grown for greenhouse production of tomatoes in Great Britain. Apparently this crop is particularly important for English breakfasts. "

Ailsa Craig folklore & trivia

Developed by Alan Balch in Scotland from a cross of Fillbasket and Sunrise in the early 1900s and introduced in 1912 by Alexander and Brown of Perth, Scotland. It was developed to be a greenhouse tomato in cooler climates. There is also an English strain of Ailsa Craig that appears to be very similar.

Misspellings of Tomato 'Ailsa Craig'

Alisa Craig

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