Mei Wei, organic seeds
Is an early sort from China with the very best flavour according to lots of people. We were given some seeds by a garden journalist after a trip to China and tried it here. It thrives in our climate and resembles Gardener's Delight in its way of growing but is a lot earlier. The sweet red fruits hang in bunches, are spherical and weigh about 20 g. They are usually grown in green houses or in pots in conservatories. Thanks to its earliness Mei Wei can also be grown outdoors in suitable places. It should be bound up and have the side-shoots pinched off. A portion contains about 20 seeds.
|Scientific name:||Solanum lycopersicum|
|Botanic family:||The Nightshade Family - Solanaceae|
|Days to maturity:||62|
|Sowing time:||Pre-cultivate: February–April|
|Sowing depth:||1 cm|
|Germination time:||7–14 days|
|Plant spacing:||35–55 cm|
|Row spacing:||50–70 cm|
SowingSow indoors just under 1 cm deep 7-8 weeks before setting out, in February-March for cool green houses and in March April for outdoors tomatoes! The best germination temperature is 22-26°C. Let the plants stand in a light airy place and after sprouting preferably at a temperature of 18°C. After getting a few real leaves the sprouts should be planted in pots. The temperature can now be lowered further.
Temper the plants successively before setting out. Do not set the plants outdoors before the risk of nightly frost is over and the nightly temperature keeps above 7°C! Plant them a little deeper then they were in the pots and never allow them to dry out. Tomatoes get roots on the stems if they are allowed to get under the soil so overgrown plants can be planted lying with just the top above the earth. However, tomatoes which have been sown and set out too early often get disturbed while growing and that causes lanky plants and a bad crop of tomatoes. Do not hurry too much with your sowing if you do not have a really good "nursery".
SpacingTomatoes need a mutual distance of 35-55 cm and 50-70 cm between rows.
HarvestPick the tomatoes when they are fully ripe and warm from the sun! If there is risk of frost before all the tomatoes have ripened it is okay to let them after ripen indoors in a dark, cool (8-12°C) place. The whole de-leaved plant can also be hung upside down indoors and harvested gradually. Green tomatoes can be preserved or used for marmalade or fried. Tomatoes can also be frozen in pieces like peppers and chillies, without parboiling for sauces and casseroles in the future.
Seed300-350 seeds/g. About 5 g for 1000 seedlings.
A portion contains about 20 seeds.