Gardener's Delight Tomato Cordons

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Lycopersicon esculentum Gardener’s Delight

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Gardener's Delight Tomato Plants

Gardener’s Delight is known as the nation's favourite with gardeners, and you'll probably see it in local shops. A delicious heritage cherry variety, it's the fruit that most people say 'tastes like tomatoes used to!' That's because its bite-sized fruits, weighing on average 28g, are thin-skinned, juicy, have a good texture and a Brix rating of 7: a good balance of sweetness and acidity. It bears long trusses of fruits which ripen all at once, so you can cook or present them on the vine if you wish. Browse all of our tomatoes here.

Each plant will bear 5-6 trusses with 10-14 tomatoes on each. It's this reliability and productivity that has led to Gardener's Delight having the RHS's Award for Garden Merit.

Being so reliable, it's the variety beginners are recommended to try. It will put up with soil and weather conditions that will cause most other tomatoes to crop poorly.


  • Type: Cherry tomato.
  • Notable Feature: UK's favourite tomato.
  • Colour: Red.
  • Taste/Texture: Sweet, Brix Rating 7, juicy, thin skinned.
  • Indoor Ripening: October to November.
  • Outdoor Ripening: August to October.
  • Height: 2m.
  • Spread: 50cm.
  • Spacing: 60cm-90cm.
  • Position: Full sun.
  • Soil: Rich and moisture-retentive.
  • Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Growing Gardener's Delight

Plants can be grown outdoors or in a cold greenhouse. Classed as an indeterminate, or cordon variety, each plant is grown as a single stem, tied into a cane for support. Side shoots are nipped out, so all energy goes into fruit production.

Plants like moist but well-drained, fertile soil. It's better to give a thorough watering two or three times a week than a dribble every day. Inconsistent watering leads to blossom end rot and split fruit. Water the soil, as leaves and stems dislike getting wet. Pinch out the top of the plant once 5 or 6 trusses have set. Feed weekly once flowers form.

When growing outdoors, harden off and plant out after all risk of frost has passed, when first flowers are showing. When planting into a bed, add compost or well-rotted manure and use ring culture pots. Plant deep, 0.5cm below the seed leaves, so that roots form from the stems.

For containers, use a minimum 5 litre or 22.5cm diameter pot and fill with peat-free compost. Allow two plants per gro bag.

Planting Companions

To ward off pests naturally, grow tomatoes with French marigolds to deter whitefly; basil, chives and mint to ward off aphids.

Did You Know?

An heirloom variety from Germany that has passed the test of time.

Although it is usually grown as a cordon (intermediate) type with the side shoots pinched out, it can also be grown as a bush. If grown without nipping out the side shoots, fruit will be slightly smaller and later.

The crown of the plant looks crowded and distorted compared to other varieties. It's normal but check for aphids which can cause similar effects.

It's an open-pollinated variety, unlike those marked as F1. Any seeds you save will come true, and so have the same characteristics as the parent plant.

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