Tomato Bush Champion

Tomato Bush Champion

  • Features: Bush Champion’ is the determinate form of the popular vine tomato ‘Champion’. An exceptionally early, round fruit on compact plant. While the compact plants grow only 60 cm (24") tall, they yield plenty of big, meaty tomatoes. Their flavour is excellent, and the plants thrive in almost any type of climate. Determinate vine type.
  • Maturity: 65 days / 255 to 340 g (9-12oz).
  • Light: Plant in full sun.
  • Soil and water: The ideal soil conditions are fertile, deep, well-drained soil with a ph level of 6.0 to 7.0. Tomatoes need even watering to prevent rotting. Water thoroughly but not too often (twice per week should suffice at first), and try to water early in the day so that plants will dry off before evening. This helps to reduce disease problems. Use drip or soaker hoses whenever possible. Water is used more efficiently this way and the leaves don't get wet.
  • Spacing: Space 60-90cm (24-36") apart, in rows spaced 120cm (48") apart.
  • Height: Grows 60cm (24") in height.
  • Garden use: A great selection for large containers or small space gardens they can be grown staked or left to trail.
  • Growing tips: Planting depth: bury 2/3 of the plant. Plant your tomatoes quite deep into the ground. The deeper you root your plants, the stronger they will be as they grow. Use slow-release fertilizer at planting time. Tomatoes can be harvested when they begin to show colour, as they will continue to ripen. However, the closer you can get to vine-ripened the better the flavour will be. Tomatoes thrive best when they are grown around chives, onions, parsley, marigolds, nasturtiums, carrots or garlic. Avoid planting tomato plants by cabbages and the potato family.
  • Culinary use: Delicious raw, sautéed, grilled, stewed, and added to many preparations.
Make sure you have enough support for your plants. Having a tomato cage in the garden will help support the plant as the fruit begin to grow. Once the plant produces fruit and it tips over it can lead to problems with the fruit. Especially if the fruit is resting on the ground, it can lead to under ripe or rotting tomatoes.

Apply a mulch of straw or other loose organic matter 5-8cm (2-3") deep around the plants. This will reduce weed growth and help retain the moisture in the soil.

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