This AGM winner, Bonica, will produce large shiny purple fruits. They are early to fruit and set well under British growing conditions. The plants are compact and bushy: growing to about 70cm tall, they are particularly suited to pots and containers on a patio or for growing under glass. Price for 10 seeds
SOW: in early spring (March) indoors, preferably in a propagator. Pot on when about 5cm high and keep in good light and warm at night.
GROW: plant out when all danger of frost has passed – in a greenhouse or a warm, sheltered spot on a patio. They like high humidity – try to place water next to them for constant evaporation. Bonica is well suited to pots or containers reaching about 70cm high and with a spread of about 50cm. When the fruits start to develop feed with a tomato fertiliser every 2 weeks & keep the plants well-watered. Protect from frost in the autumn while the last fruits are finishing.
EAT: Bonica is lovely roasted or baked with minimal oil retaining their flavour when soft and tender.