Tigerella tomatoes: facts & tips for growing
The Tigerella tomato lives up to its name and attracts attention with its eye-catching stripes. We have compiled the best varieties of this striped tomato for you and give you tips on planting the tomato variety Tigerella.
The conspicuously striped tomato variety ‘Tigerella’ will delight you with its robust growth and deliciously tasting fruits. We introduce this beautiful stake tomato to you.
Tigerella: origin & history
The striking Tigerella tomato was introduced to the market around 1970 and is nowadays mainly cultivated by hobby gardeners. It could be descended from the famous red salad tomato ‘Ailsa Craig’, but the exact origin is unknown. The two varieties ‘Craigella’ and ‘Tangella’ are siblings of the ‘Tigerella’ and probably originated in Great Britain at the same time.
Tigerella tomato: properties & taste
Tigerella is a low-maintenance plant for greenhouse and open field use alike. From the middle of July, the green striped, medium sized round fruits ripen and get their typical orange-golden spots on the deep red skin. The Tigerella tomato tastes wonderfully fruity, but also sweet and has a mild acidity, which balances off the taste. With its delightful aroma, this variety has become a favourite stake tomato among many gardeners. Tigerella is an open-pollinated variety, which means that it can be grown again next year from its own seeds.
Our tip: The new variety ‘Tigerella Cherry’, the little sister of Tigerella, produces smaller and sweeter fruits, which are great as snacks.
Growing Tigerella tomatoes: what to pay attention to
Tigerella tomato plants feel comfortable in the pot, but also in the garden bed, and will appreciate protection from rain. The plant reaches a height of about two metres and should be supported with a rod or other type of growth aid. When planting, it is best to support your young plants with a potting soil specifically adapted to tomatoes. Tigerella should be planted as deep as possible in the soil. Remove the lowest leaves and place the plant in the planting hole or pot. By mulching and watering your tomato plants properly, you will support soil life and save a lot of water. Of course, Tigerella needs a good supply of nutrients, just like all other tomatoes. The Tigerella can be grown with two or three shoots, the rest of the side shoots are left to fall out. This way it bears on several shoots, does not grow as tall and instead becomes wider.
Tigerella tomatoes: harvest & use
The Tigerella is perfect for salads and fresh as a snack tomato, because it is firm, juicy as well as aromatic. This medium-sized tomato is also very suitable for preserving and conserving.