Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) are tender perennials used as summer annuals. Cherry tomatoes plants produce small, cherry-sized fruits commonly used in salads. Cherry tomatoes grow from 7 inches to 7 feet tall. One plant usually produces enough small tomatoes for one family, around 10 to 15 lbs. per plant. Cherry tomato plants are cold-sensitive plants, so they are planted after all danger of a spring frost has passed.
Remove the weeds, grass and debris from your planting area located in the sun. Eliminating competition from the site allows the cherry tomato plants to establish themselves more quickly.
Loosen the soil to the depth of 24 inches with a shovel. Remove any buried rocks and sticks. Turn the soil over and break up any large dirt clods. Keep working the soil with a garden hoe until the soil is fine and crumbly.
Spread 3 to 4 inches of manure or compost over the soil. Mix this in to the depth of 12 inches. Rake the soil level and smooth.
Dig a hole 1/2 to 2/3 the height of the cherry tomato plant. Mix 2 tbsp. of slow-release 10-10-10 fertilizer into the soil removed from the hole. Remove the cherry tomato plant from its container unless it is a plantable, bio-degradable plant pot.
Place the cherry tomato plant in the hole so that only the top two or three sets of leaves are above ground level. Fill the hole with the fertilized soil and gently firm it around the plant.
Space the rest of the cherry tomato plants 2 feet apart in rows set 5 feet apart. Place a wire tomato cage around each seedling. Pour 2 qts. of water on the soil around each cherry tomato plant.