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Overview

Cherry tomato plants are ideal for those who don't have much time or space to devote to gardening. The plants are very forgiving when neglected and tend to produce far more fruit than full-sized tomato varieties. They are also not as prone to disease. Caring for cherry tomatoes is a fairly straightforward process.

Sunlight

Cherry tomato plants do best in direct sunlight. Make sure to plant your cherry tomatoes in an area that gets quality sunshine at least eight hours per day. The sun helps the plant produce the greatest amount of fruit.

Water

Cherry tomato plants are susceptible to disease when they're dehydrated, so watering them regularly and thoroughly is very important. When caring for cherry tomatoes, water the plants once a day. Soak the soil, but don't saturate it; standing water should not remain on the surface of the dirt when you've finished watering. It's best to water cherry tomato plants in the morning, while the temperature is still relatively mild. This allows the plant and the soil to absorb as much moisture as possible before the water begins to evaporate.

Soil

Part of cherry tomato care is ensuring that the plants have adequate soil. Tomatoes require rich soil because they draw a lot of nutrients from the ground. If the cherry tomato plants are planted in the ground, make sure to till the dirt and mix a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost into the garden bed first. If you're growing the plants in pots, use an organic potting mix that already contains the compost.

Fertilizer

Cherry tomato plants usually need some supplemental fertilizer, both at planting and as the growing season wears on. Mix a dose of granulated starter fertilizer into the soil when you're preparing to plant. Treat the growing cherry tomato plants with a dose of high-acid liquid fertilizer about every four weeks after that.

Staking

Staking cherry tomato plants will keep them from drooping under their own weight. Place the stake several inches from the seedling when planting. After the first cluster of flowers forms on the plant, tie the plant to the stake using a piece of old pantyhose or some cloth material. Cut a length that's about 12 inches long and loop it around the stem of the plant, just above the flowers. Cross the material to make a figure 8, then tie the tails behind the stake. Continue to stake the cherry tomato plants as more flower clusters develop.

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Katie Leigh is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. A Loyola University New Orleans graduate with a Bachelor's degree in communications, Leigh has worked as a copy editor, page designer and reporter for several daily newspapers and specialty publications since 2005.

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