- Soil and ideal exposure to plant a foot of cherry tomato in the garden
- Date of sowing and planting of cherry tomatoes
- Care and culture advice for cherry tomatoes
- Harvest, conservation and use of cherry tomatoes
- Diseases, pests and parasites of cherry tomatoes
- Location and favorable association of cherry tomatoes
- Recommended varieties of cherry tomatoes for garden planting
The cherry tomato is only one family of varieties among the large species of tomatoes Lycopersicon esculentum. However, because of its small size, the cherry tomato has cultural peculiarities both in terms of the location that it supports and the way it is cut.
Their ease of cultivation also makes them the tomato of choice of children since they are easier to succeed than tomatoes of normal size: they will be happy to pick them to garnish the table of the appetizer or to chew as if they were candies!
In addition, some dwarf varieties are grown in pots, so they are just child-sized and ideal for growing on a balcony.
- Family: Solanaceae
- Type: annual
- Origin: South America
- Color: yellow flowers
- Sowing: yes
- Cutting: no
- Planting: spring
- Harvest: from summer to autumn
- Height: up to 2 m
Soil and ideal exposure to plant a foot of cherry tomato in the garden
The cherry tomatoes will plant in a deep and humus soil, not too wet, sheltered from prevailing winds, but especially in the sun to benefit from the heat. In the garden or on a balcony, choose the place that is the longest exposed to the rays of the sun. It may be against a wall that receives the sun.
Date of sowing and planting of cherry tomatoes
In February-March, you can start your seedlings in pots at home. But you will have to wait until there is no more risk of frost to put in place in the garden or pot, unless you protect them with a plastic film if you really want them to arrive early at maturity.
Care and culture advice for cherry tomatoes
Prefer a less frequent but more abundant watering, to do with the foot, once a week, even two in case of big heat. Straw the foot so that the benefits of watering continue by keeping moisture. Moreover, mulching will avoid hoeing.
Stake the foot and its branches to prevent them from lying on the ground because the contact with the moisture of the earth would bring diseases.
Cherry tomatoes do not need to be pruned by removing greedy or starving. As the fruits are small, the plant can not be exhausted because of a large production.
Harvest, conservation and use of cherry tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are harvested as they mature. They are mainly used as an aperitif, cocktail and salad. You will not make any coulis or preserves.
Diseases, pests and parasites of cherry tomatoes
As for normal tomatoes, downy mildew is the pet peeve of cherry tomatoes, with black ass disease. Whiteflies and aphids are also pests of cherry tomatoes.
Location and favorable association of cherry tomatoes
The cherry tomato feet can be planted in the garden like the classic tomato plants but they will also be well against a sunny wall. On a balcony or terrace, you can plant in pots in a mixture of potting soil and garden soil, making sure to stake them and keep the soil moist.
Recommended varieties of cherry tomatoes for garden planting
The 'Black Cherry' is easy to grow, resistant to mildew and gives very deep red-purple fruit of excellent flavor, 'Sweetbaby' is ideal for growing in pots, quite small but very sweet, resistant to diseases, the 'Cherry' or red cherry and the 'Yellow cherry' grow early until late in the season, with a refined flavor and good resistance to disease, 'Black plum', an old variety of ovoid form that produces a lot of...
If you want to recover the seeds for resemeration the following year, do not plant hybrid tomatoes (F1).