Tomato Akron F1
Tomato Akron F1 Hybrid. This heavy weight tomato has performed superbly in RHS Wisley growing trials, coming out tops against 31 other varieties. We were amazed at the heavy crops at the end of the trial period. Each plant produced an average of 69 fruits under greenhouse conditions, comparable in size to the fruits of Money maker – each weighing an average 109g (3¾ oz). But the plants didn’t stop there! The trials officially ended in September, but the Tomato Akron plants just kept on cropping in the warmth of the Wisley polytunnel well into late autumn. For the longest cropping season from your greenhouse tomatoes look no further than Akron F1, you’ll be as surprised as we were by these vigorous healthy tomato plants. The season will be shorter, but this cordon variety will also crop well out in the garden in a sunny sheltered spot.
Height: 200cm (79″). Spread: 50cm (20″).
February – April
July – October
How to sow
For greenhouse cultivation: sow from February to March.
For outdoor cultivation: sow from March to April.
Sow seeds on the surface of a good, free-draining, damp, seed sowing mix and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place seed trays in a propagator at a constant temperature of around 15-20C (59-68F) until after germination, which takes 7-14 days. When seedlings gain 2 true leaves, transplant into individual 7.5cm (3″) pots of compost and grow on at a minimum temperature of 15C (59F).
When growing in a heated glasshouse tomato plants may be transplanted at the end of May or when the first flowers are showing, if earlier. Allow 3 plants per growbag, or one per 25cm (10″) pot, or plant tomatoes directly into the greenhouse soil.
When growing tomatoes outdoors, wait until all risk of frost has passed before transplanting tomatoes. Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 – 10 days before planting out from early June when tomato plants are 20cm (8″) tall. Choose a sheltered position in full sun on fertile, reliably moist, well drained soil, and transplant at a distance of 60cm (24″) apart. Drive a (5′) cane into the soil adjacent to each plant to support them as they grow, and tie each main stem to its support with soft garden twine.
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