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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

New AGM tomato on sale

Posted by Graham Rice on 04 Oct 2008 at 02:23 PM

One of the great things about the Wisley trials is that they sometimes highlight a variety which is not available from nurseries or seed companies – and as a result the variety is taken up and comes on to the market.

In last year’s trial of cherry tomatoes ‘Cherrola' was outstanding. The trials judges reported that it had a nice flavour, the fruit was well spaced on long trusses and the yield was high. Laboratory testing revealed a 9% sugar content so it was sweet too. It can be grown outside or in a cold greenhouse.

Colin Randel, chair of the RHS Vegetable Trials Sub Committee and the top veg man at Thompson and Morgan, said: "I was amazed at how vigorous the plants were, each producing extremely long trusses of which many held up to twenty ‘cherry-sized', well spaced fruits at any one time. I'm sure this will make an outstanding gardeners' variety".

Seed of ‘Cherrola' is now available from Thompson and Morgan.


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