How to grow tomatoes


Learn everything you need to know about growing and maintaining tomatoes with Alys Fowler.

Types of tomatoes

There are two types of tomatoes; Cordon (indeterminate) and Bush (determinate). Bush tomatoes could potentially grow forever. However, Cordon tomatoes are the types that have their side shoots removed (see the video!). In order to get your fruit to ripen in our short summers you have to ‘stop’ them. This means pinching out the growing tip when you have five trusses of fruit on the plant.

Bush tomatoes are hassle free, meaning you don’t have to worry about any pinching out or removing side shoots. These tomatoes are ideal for pots and containers if you don’t have much space, but you want to give the roots room. The more space they have the less watering you’ll have to do!