BUSH OR CORDON?
Sweet Million is grown as a cordon type tomato and is also a vigorous grower. It is probably best grown as a cordon if you want tomatoes early in the season. We have tried growing it as a bush type and it still produces a good crop but the foliage becomes very crowded and runs the risk of fungal infections. When the trusses form limit them to 3 or 4 per plant and be sure to be ready to stake each truss because they can easily break under the high weight of the fruit.
APPEARANCE AND TASTE OF SWEET MILLION TOMATOES
Sweet Million tomatoes are generally described as cherry tomatoes but in fact their size varies from just smaller than an average cherry tomato to golf ball size. The fruits are bright red and very glossy. They taste of a good mix of sweetness / acidity and at the same time have a reasonable amount of tomato flavour.
Sweet Million are an F1 variety and stored seeds will not come true to type. However, seeds collected in the first year (known as F2) may well produce a similar plant and tomato.
GROWTH TYPE: Cordon type, needs to be pruned to get the best crop. This is an early maturing variety which takes only 62 days from transplant to fruit maturity.
WHERE TO GROW: Cold greenhouse or outdoors in many areas of the UK.
TOMATO SIZE: Variable, generally slightly smaller than a golf ball, weighing about 15g per fruit.
REGULARITY OF CROPPING: Regularly produces a good yield with a very large number of fruits per truss, often in excess of 40. Expect 200 to 300 fruits per plant although not all may ripen fully on the truss.
WHEN TO SOW SWEET MILLION SEED
The key dates for sowing and planting out Sweet Million tomato seeds are given below. The dates displayed below are correct for the UK average.
- Sow seeds in pots indoors
First week of March 2016
Pot up young plants
First week of April 2016
Harden off young plants
First week of May 2016
Plant out young plants
Third week of May 2016
This variety is a cordon type tomato and if they are pruned in that way you can expect to be picking your first Sweet Million tomatoes in the first week of August [attachment=0]8819867189278.jpg[/attachment]