The tomato is the most popular vegetable grown by home gardeners in America, according to the University of Illinois. This sweet, nutritious vegetable is used in recipes, sauces or just eaten raw off the vine. Plant all of your cherry tomatoes in a location that receives full sun and has loose, loamy soil rich in organic matter. Keep the soil moist, and provide support for the tomatoes in the form of stakes or tomato cages.
Super Sweet 100
Super Sweet 100 is a variety of cherry tomato that is resistant to Verticillium and Fusarium wilt--diseases that can destroy an entire crop of tomato plants, as well as other vegetables. These plants take about 70 days to produce ripe tomatoes. The tomatoes are 1 inch across and grow in very large clusters. They are cherry-sized and representative of what most people consider the classic red cherry tomato. Super Sweet 100, like most varieties of cherry tomatoes, is an indeterminate growing variety, meaning that the plant will not stop growing when the blooming occurs.
Sweet Million fruits a bit earlier than Super Sweet 100, but otherwise the tomatoes look almost exactly the same. Sweet Million tomatoes can be harvested in 65 days. They are about 1 inch across, grow in large clusters and are also indeterminate growers. In addition, this variety is crack resistant, meaning the tomatoes do not split as easily as some other cherry tomato varieties. Finally, the hardy Sweet Million is also resistant to Verticillium and Fusarium wilt, as well as the deadly tobacco mosaic virus.
Large Red Cherry
The Large Red Cherry variety produces very sweet tomatoes in about 70 days. The dark red tomatoes are larger--about 1-1/2 inches across--and very dense. This variety, however, is not resistant to the wilts or the mosaic virus. The Large Red Cherry is an indeterminate grower.
The Mountain Belle is an excellent choice for home gardens. This hardy, determinate plant (it will stop growing when blooming occurs) produces firm, crack-resistant cherry tomatoes averaging about 1-1/4 inches across. The Mountain Belle is also resistant to Verticillium wilt, and the tomatoes tend to cling tightly to the vine, unlike many other varieties where the tomatoes may drop early and rot on the ground.
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