Cherry tomatoes offer all of the flavor of a full-sized tomato but in a compact, bite-sized fruit. The plant's smaller size makes it ideal for potted gardens. Such potted gardens are perfect for those with limited or no gardening space, or who want to raise their vegetables on a patio or porch for easier access. Provide your potted cherry tomatoes with the growing environment they need to thrive in a container setting and produce a bountiful harvest.
Choose a pot that has drainage holes on the bottom and measures a minimum of 16 inches deep for tomatoes, according to the University of California. The material doesn't matter, but the bigger the pot, the better.
Fill the pot with a commercially prepared potting soil. If you don't have potting soil on hand, make your own. For tomatoes, the University of Florida recommends mixing equal parts of sand and peat moss.
Plant the cherry tomato seeds. Sow two seeds per pot, burying each seed 1/2 inch deep and separated by 2 to 4 inches.
Water the pot twice daily or as needed to keep the soil surface moist. The cherry tomato seeds will typically germinate within 14 days. Increase watering once the seedlings emerge, applying enough water once a day to moisten the soil at the bottom of the pot.
Place the pot in a location with a minimum of six hours of sunlight daily. Rotate the pot every two to three days to expose a different side of the plant to the sun's rays. This prevents the cherry tomato plant from growing lopsided.
Fertilize the potted tomato plant once a week. The University of Florida suggests fertilizing with 1/2 tsp. of 20-20-20 fertilizer for every 1/2 square foot of potting soil surface.