Their fruits are small but mighty, providing vitamins A & C, calcium, and iron. The plants are fast-growing and prolific, being able to resist diseases that would kill an ordinary tomato plant. Cherry tomatoes are easy to grow and often start to bear fruit in fewer than 60 days from the time you transplant them
These little tomatoes are a tasty addition to salads and sandwiches, or you can eat them right off the vine. There are several types from which to choose: Sweet Million, Sun Sugar, and Black Cherry are three of the most popular varieties. But no matter which you decide on, they will reward you with every bit as much flavor as a full-sized tomato.
Here are 7 tips for growing them:
1. Give them sun and warm weather
Be sure to choose a location where the plant will get at least 8 hours of direct sun each day. Before you plant your cherry tomatoes, make sure all chance of frost has passed since that will quickly kill your plants.
2. Prepare the soil
Many gardeners mix limestone in each of the holes to prevent blossom end rot. Also, fertilize the soil with a starter fertilizer to give your plants a good start.
3. Use seedlings
Your cherry tomato seedlings should be between 6 and 10 inches tall when you put them in the ground. Keep your plants about 3 feet apart, and leave a space of 5 feet between your rows.
4. Support them
The most common types of supports are stakes and cages. Some people allow their plants to grow along the ground unsupported, but this makes them susceptible to worms.
If you use stakes, you'll have to keep tieing the plants as they grow. If you choose cages, the branches might start to poke through the holes in the cage, so push them back inside so the plant doesn't droop.
5. Pinch off the suckers
Tomato suckers are small shoots that grow out where a branch meets the stem of the plant. These little suckers can rob the plant of nutrients, so removing them ensures that your growing plant will continue to flourish.
6. Feed and water them
Give your tomato plants an organic fertilizer once a week, and water them every two or three days to keep the soil evenly moist. You may have to water more frequently when it's hot and dry.
7. Harvest them gently
Harvest the tomatoes by grasping them just above the stem that enters the tomato. Push upwards, at an angle from the stem. You'll see a natural break point, so snap it off there keeping the stem intact with the fruit. Always handle cherry tomatoes gently.