From tomatoes to cacti seeds
More new plants unveiled to the gardening press at the Garden Press Event – this time from Suttons and The Organic Gardening Catalogue. I’ll be trialling the Reisetomate tomato – looks fascinating!
Here’s an unusual new tomato from The Organic Gardening Catalogue – Reisetomate. Each fruit looks like a group of cherry tomatoes stuck together and each one can be picked individually so you can snack as you go (the German name means ‘traveller’s tomato’). It’s a cordon variety with tangy fruits, best suited to greenhouse growing.
Tomato (Organic) Seeds, packet content 15 seeds, £2.99, www.organiccatalogue.com.
A prolific producer of red, plum-shaped tomatoes that are sweet with a slight sharpness and so named because they easily ‘pop-in’ to the mouth!
Each plant produces three or four heavy trusses which form a ‘skirt’ around the plant with about 100 fruit. Suitable for growing outside and under glass.
Tomato Plants – Pop-In, 3 Super Plugs, £9.99, www.organiccatalogue.com.
Leycesteria Little Lanterns
This compact version of the much bigger Golden Lanterns will light up your garden with its bright yellow-green leaves from July to September. It grows to just 1.5m, so it is suitable for smaller gardens. There are masses of attractive white flowers with purple bracts – a lovely sight and a great way to end the season.
Jacaranda Bonsai Blue
This is the first dwarf Jacaranda with light green, fern-like foliage and large clusters of purple, tubular flowers, creating an unexpected contrast.
Flowering from late spring to early summer, Jacaranda Bonsai Blue’s rounded habit and dwarf size make it easy to care for. It takes well to pruning and is heat and drought tolerant. Bonsai Blue is great in a patio plant so it can be brought in for the winter.
Chilli Carolina Reaper
The world’s hottest chilli as rated by the Guinness Book of Records, measuring 2.2million Scoville units! Bred in South Carolina by crossing a ghost chilli with a Habanero.
Handle with care as each viciously hot pepper has a fruity, cinnamon/chocolate taste before the mind-blowing heat kicks in. Good advice – dip the chilli into dishes and take it out so the heat isn’t overpowering.
Urban Cactus Collection
Create a modern look by growing this collection of differently shaped cacti from seed.
Ideal to grow in lots of different containers and perfect for a sunny windowsill where regular houseplants would struggle.