Information on Cherry Tomato Plants

Overview

Cherry tomato plants are vigorous growers and highly productive. One plant is often enough to satisfy the needs of a family with the amount of tomatoes it produces. They are suitable for containers, hanging baskets or limited garden space.

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Plant Size

Cherry tomato plants range in height from dwarf to 6-feet-high. There are even indeterminate growth types where the tomato plants keep growing throughout the season, setting tomatoes all the way up the length of the plant.

Fruit

Cherry tomato plants produce small, round fruit that is around 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The fruit will become ripe in about 65 to 75 days.

Warning

Splitting in a tomato is where the outer skin breaks open. This is more of a problem with cherry tomatoes than with full-sized tomatoes.

Types

Some types of cherry tomato plants are Super Sweet 100, Sweet Million, Yellow Pear, Chocolate Cherry, Mountain Belle, Tiny Tim, Cherry Gold and Patio.

Fun Fact

Aztecs were using a small yellow tomato before the first Europeans discovered the Americas. They prepared it with peppers and salt, creating one of the very first salsas.

References

  • University of Illinois Extension: Tomato
  • Clemson University Extentions: Mild Peppers & Unique Cherry Tomatoes
  • University of Wisconsin: Plant Origins: Lycopersicon (Tomato)
Keywords: cherry tomato plants, sweet 100, indeterminate tomatoes

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