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How to Plant Cherry Tomatoes

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Cherry  Tomatoes

Whether you plant cherry tomatoes in a container or directly in the soil, these little beauties will provide a delicious harvest as they ripen in the second half of the summer. Cherry tomatoes can be a welcome change from the standard large tomatoes and they are ideal for salads and simple snacking. Plant cherry tomato plants in the same fashion as you would plant any other tomato plant. Stake or cage your cherry tomatoes to help support them as they grow.

Fill the container almost to the top with potting soil if you are planting the cherry tomato plant in the container. Prepare the soil by cultivating it to a depth of six inches with the garden spade if you are planting the cherry tomato in the soil. Add two inches of compost to the top of the soil and work this in with the garden spade.

Dig a hole for the cherry tomato plant (either in the container or in the soil). Make the hole deep enough to place the cherry tomato plant into the soil up to the first set of leaves growing on the stem.

Remove the cherry tomato plant from the temporary container and place it into the prepared hole. Fill soil in around the roots of the cherry tomato plant, tamping the soil down firmly.

Water the newly planted cherry tomato plant generously immediately after you finish planting it. Provide water for the cherry tomato plants if the soil around the plants is dry. Cherry tomato plants growing in a container may need water every day or every other day during the summer. Do not allow the plants to wilt from lack of water.

Use either a stake or a tomato cage to support the cherry tomato plant. If you use a stake, pound the stake into the soil approximately four inches away from the cherry tomato plant and gently tie the tomato plant to the stake at two or three different points. If you use a tomato cage, push the stake down over the cherry tomato plant to surround the plant with the circular wires of the cage.

Mix the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations for the size of your cherry tomato plant. Pour the fertilizer onto the soil around the cherry tomato plant twice each month during the growing season.

Harvest cherry tomatoes when they are completely red and firm by picking them gently from the tomato plant.


Things You Will Need

  • Cherry tomato plant
  • 6-gallon container with drainage holes (optional)
  • Potting soil (optional)
  • Garden spade (optional)
  • Compost (optional)
  • Shovel
  • 2-foot tall stake or tomato cage
  • Hammer
  • Tomato fertilizer


  • Cherry tomato plants need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Place the planting container in a location that receives this amount of sunlight or choose a growing location that receives full sun.

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.