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Lycopersicon esculentum 'Ailsa Craig' (Tomato 'Ailsa Craig')

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Time to maturity
1-2 years
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Botanical name: Lycopersicon esculentum 'Ailsa Craig'

Other names: Tomato 'Ailsa Craig'

Genus: Lycopersicon

Variety or Cultivar: 'Ailsa Craig' _ 'Ailsa Craig' is a perennial plant widely cultivated as an annual in many varieties. It produces yellow flowers which then form a large crop of flavourful, red, edible fruit in summer. It is a cordon (indeterminate) variety.

Lycopersicon esculentum 'Ailsa Craig' is: Deciduous

Flower: Yellow in Summer

Foliage: Green, Cream, Mottled in Summer

Habit: Clump-forming, Irregular

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Specific pests: Eelworm (stem and bulb) , Mice , Red spider mite (box and other) , Slugs , Snails

Specific diseases: Anthracnose diseases , Basal rot , Black rot , Blossom end rot , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Mosaic virus , Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases , Verticillium wilt

General care

Pruning: Fertilization is essential, so never remove the male flowers. Provide adequate support and tie in regularly. Remove all side shoots as they appear and restrict the plant to one main stem. Outdoor plants remove growing tip in late summer to hasten ripening. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Seed. REGISTER to

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Lycopersicon esculentum 'Ailsa Craig' (Tomato 'Ailsa Craig') will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses: Add to salads, Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks, Greenhouse

Cultivation: Suitable for indoor or outdoor growing. Select seedlings that are dark green and sturdy. Pepare the ground in winter, working it over and adding manure or compost.

Soil type: Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

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