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Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Outdoor tomatoes

Outdoor tomato plants from Lubera

Tomatoes unprotected in a bed? Yeah, that works! Although adverse weather conditions can occur there, outdoor tomato plants are able to withstand them.

   
 
Outdoor Tomato 'Primabella'

The robust, red, aromatic tomato for growing outdoors

From £4.90 *

Outdoor Tomato 'Primavera'

The burst-resistant, early outdoor tomato with high robustness

From £4.90 *

Outdoor Tomato 'Resi'

The aromatic cocktail tomato for growing outdoors

From £4.90 *

Outdoor Tomato 'Sunviva'

The yellow, tasty and robust tomato for growing outdoors

From £4.90 *

Outdoor Tomato Vivagrande (232-x)

The red beef tomato for growing outdoors

From £4.90 *

Peruvian Wild Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum peruvianum - the most beautiful and smallest wild tomato

From £4.90 *

   
 

More information about outdoor tomatoes

 

In bad, rainy years, especially late blight (Phytophthora) causes problems for tomato plants. There are, however, both old traditional varieties and new varieties that are highly resistant to the typical diseases of outdoor tomato plants. This means that you can have a lush and long-lasting harvest of delicious fruit even without a roof in the garden.

You can place our early tomato young plants (tomatoes in Speedpots) directly in the garden after the last frosts in May. And after that, it's just a matter of waiting for the abundant harvest (and yes, a little care)...

 

 

Robust outdoor tomato plants for the garden from the Lubera garden shop

 

Our range of resistant cocktail tomatoes for growing outdoors is versatile, e.g. you will find the fruity, aromatic varieties ‘Sunviva’ and ‘Resi’. But there are also larger fruits if required: our outdoor tomato 232-x is a robust beef tomato whose cultivation works very well in unprotected areas.

All our current outdoor tomato seedlings develop into indeterminate tomatoes. This means that they continue to grow during the outdoor season and can reach considerable heights. This is certainly part of their resistance: unlike determinate tomatoes, which end up flowering everywhere and start to bear fruit, these tomatoes literally escape disease. By the way, this can be further supported by carefully removing a few leaves in the lowest area to reduce the risk of infection with fungal diseases.

But the wild tomatoes from Lubera are also fantastic outdoor tomatoes! They require little soil and fertilisation and therefore require very little care. However, wild tomatoes are not suitable for growing on a stake, as they tend to spread on the ground. However, with this type of growth, they are very suitable for fences and walls.

 

Buy open-pollinated outdoor tomato plants from Lubera

 

Lubera focuses on creative breedings of open-pollinated tomatoes, which are specially adapted to the needs of home gardeners. This means that you can reuse the seeds obtained from your tomato fruit and produce plants with the same characteristics as the mother plant. This is the case, by the way, because the tomato crop varieties are 95 per cent self-pollinating and there is hardly any cross-pollination. Lubera's outdoor tomato varieties combine a good aroma, seed firmness and, above all, tolerance to disease.

 

There are good reasons why Lubera offers open-pollinated tomato varieties:

 

1. The easier breeding of open-pollinated varieties ultimately allows more breeding methods and more creativity. Thanks to the activities of numerous small companies and institutions, you will ultimately benefit from a large number of robust varieties and a great diversity for near-natural garden cultivation.

2. New varieties such as the outdoor tomatoes ‘Primabella’, ‘Sunviva’ and ‘Primavera’ show that very high yields can also be achieved with open-pollinated varieties. The advantages of open-pollinated varieties - greater diversity, good resistance to typical tomato diseases, better taste - are constantly being extended by further positive characteristics, so that F1 hybrids are by no means always ahead of the competition.

 

How does this work with the breeding of open-pollinated tomato varieties?

 

Both open-pollinated varieties and individual inbred lines (which are later used for F1 hybrid breeding) are produced by so-called selfing. This results in the varieties becoming more and more homozygous. After about 6-8 inbred generations the goal is reached. The variety is then seed-genuine or seed-solid: so if you sow the seeds of such a plant, there is a 95-99 per cent chance that you will get a plant with the same characteristics again.

For the production of so-called F1 hybrids, different inbred lines are crossed with each other in order to introduce positive traits from both inbred lines into a new variety and also to benefit from the so-called heterosis effect (more yield!). However, this breeding method is very costly; it is usually practised by large corporations and leads to a limited selection of varieties (precisely because of the high expenditure). And the seeds of the tomatoes of F1 hybrids are no longer true to type (because two inbred lines with different genetic characteristics have been crossed): when the seeds are sown, different plants result.

 

Planting

 

Tomatoes love the sun and also warmth. Proximity to a south wall or warm wall is ideal for outdoor tomato plants because the heat stored there is released again at night. To keep outdoor tomatoes healthy, you should not plant them too close together. If there are several outdoor tomato plants in a row, you should calculate a distance of 50 to 80 centimetres between the individual plants. The distance between rows should be about one metre. To ensure that many lateral roots develop, the staked tomato should be planted quite deep into the soil, down to the lower leaf base. It is best to use a supporting rod or spiral stake. Wait until the last frosts in May before you put the plants outdoors. It is also important to note that outdoor tomato plants should not be grown near potatoes and fennel if possible.

 

Care for outdoor tomatoes

 

Throughout the entire growing season, outdoor tomato plants grow tirelessly in height and width - they can become very stately (up to three metres high). It is essential that the side shoots are constantly removed in order to promote fruit formation. In late summer, you should also cut off the tips of the shoots so that the plant can put its strength into the ripening of the tomatoes instead of expanding further.

 

Pinching out tomatoes

 

On warm, dry days (only then is good wound healing guaranteed) you can cut off the side shoots between two fingernails. If the shoots are already somewhat older, it is recommended to use sharp scissors. This is a recurring process because tomatoes are creatures that enjoy growing.

 

Fertilising and watering outdoor tomato plants

 

For outdoor tomatoes, it is worth preparing the soil in autumn and adding compost. A sufficient supply of nutrients throughout the growing season makes the plants more resistant overall.

If soil preparation is only begun a short time before planting, an additional organic fertiliser (e.g. horn shavings) is worked into the soil in addition to compost. Alternatively, the soil can be enhanced with ‘Frutilizer® Compound Fertiliser Plus’ from Lubera - this contains organic matter in addition to the important main nutrients and trace elements for tomatoes.

If the first fruit is visible, fertilise again (possibly with a special tomato fertiliser) - then regularly every two weeks (without over-fertilising). Also Blaukorn - used carefully - can now be applied. But be careful: only put a few grains into the soil and water immediately afterwards, otherwise, the roots may be damaged. If you don't want to buy additional fertiliser, you can also use nettle liquid manure (for those who are not sensitive to odour) or dried coffee grounds.

Always give your watering only to the root area and not to the leaves, so that the plant remains as dry as possible.

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