Growing Cherry Tomatoes

Growing Cherry Tomatoes for the KitchenHaving trays of cherry tomatoes in the kitchen each summer, to add to meals is a huge pleasure. For every plant I grow I expect to get at least a hundred cherry tomatoes and their taste and color is well worth the effort.

There are a few things to bare in mind when growing cherry toms so here’s a few tips:

Bush Varieties
Bush cherry varieties (determinate) are usually earlier than tall varieties (indeterminate) but produce fruit over a shorter period. Because of this, sow plants in succession to have a continual harvest throughout the summer.

Even small varieties need plenty of room for their roots, so use a larger pot or container where possible and don’t put too many tumbling varieties in the same hanging basket.

Larger plum varieties and varieties that originate from warmer climates often take longer to mature. The idea is to choose varieties that mature early – especially if you live in a short season area.

One advantage of growing cherry tomatoes is that they rarely develop blossom end rot but they do need feeding regularly, especially if grown in a container, so give them plenty of food when the plants are fruiting (not before!).