Cherry Tomatoes

April 9, 2007

If you’re still deciding on your heirloom tomato plant varieties for the upcoming growing season, consider adding a cherry tomato to the mix.

I wouldn’t grow cherry sized tomato varieties exclusively, but I also wouldn’t grow a garden without at least one cherry tomato plant to enjoy.

Cherry tomatoes are sometimes shunned for not offering the rich old-fashioned flavors that you get with larger fruits, but they definitely have a few advantages of their own.

Small Tomatoes, Big Returns

For one thing they tend to be a little more resilient and easier to grow. You may even stumble upon cherry tomatoes growing wild, far outside of the comfy confines of a cultivated garden.

Plant a cherry tomato in your garden and you’re likely to see volunteers popping up in future gardens even if you never plant another cherry tomato seed. This habit of cherry tomatoes to reseed themselves isn’t nearly as common with full sized varieties, at least not in Northern gardens.

Cherry tomatoes also have a way of thriving with less in the way of attention and care from the gardener. Many of them will grow perfectly fine without staking, are more tolerant of drought and weather fluctuations, and less prone to the cracking and blossom end rot that frequently afflict full sized tomato varieties.

Another advantage of cherry tomatoes is that they will mature and ripen earlier in the season and continue to bear ripe fruits throughout the summer and into the fall months. The creative gardener may even find ways to nurture a crop indoors over the winter. Most cherry tomato varieties are incredibly productive, yielding hundreds of ripe fruits from a single plant.

Cherry Tomatoes; the Perfect Role Player

No, they’re not going to produce thick juicy slices to top your favorite sandwiches, but cherry tomatoes will fill their own little niche in your favorite recipes. They are perfect for salads where they can be “tossed” and even stored without getting mushy, falling apart, or creating a soggy watered down salad.

Featured as finger food or hors d’oeuvres, from shish kabobs to relish trays; cherry tomatoes can go places that a beefsteak or ponderosa tomato couldn’t dream of. And warm, sun baked cherry tomatoes plucked right from the vine are a tasty treat for the hard working gardener who doesn’t want to take time away from the garden to prepare a meal.

Sure the flavors are different, with cherry tomatoes often being sweeter or fruitier tasting than their full sized cousins, but they are delicious none the less and always welcomed on my plate.

I had planned to include some of my favorite cherry tomato varieties in this entry but got caught up in describing the merits of this easy growing plant so that will have to wait until next time. If you think that all cherry tomatoes are red and round, or that they all taste the same, I’ll have some interesting surprises in store for you tomorrow.





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Lynn Dube May 29, 2008 at 2:20 am

Hello, I have a question… we are having a argument about tomatoes… do tomatoes or cherry tomatoes flower before they grow into a tomato?

Kenny Point May 29, 2008 at 5:59 am

Yes, the tomatoes are always preceded by a tiny yellow flower, which later develops into the tomato fruit.

Annette Cross July 6, 2008 at 7:20 pm

I have an Early Girl and Cherry Tomatoe plant growing in the same container on my deck. The Cherry Tomatoe seems to be outgrowing the Early Girl. Will the Cherry Tomatoe kill off the Early Girl plant?

jerry P September 13, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I have a question regarding a cherry tomatom plant growing out of my compost bin.
I have had cherry tomato plants for many years but the one growing out of my compost bin has me puzzled, the fruit is shaped like a small green pepper , it is still small so i have not tried any as yet and it smells somewhat like a pepper but it is a cherry tomato plant.
Can you tell me what type of tomato this could be.

Weezbox February 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Cherry Tomatoes taste good :) Cherry Tomatoes are fun to grow and everyone should give it a try.

Fountains February 27, 2010 at 10:44 am

This is very interesting. I really would like to try planting tomatoes. Thanks for sharing.

Weezbox March 4, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I would love to grow cherry tomatoes but unfortunately don’t have the time :(

Darcy H May 4, 2010 at 11:53 am

I have a concern, I am growing a variety of tomato plants starting them in the greenhouse and my cherry tomato plants are developing a rolled up leaf and turning black. What would this possibly be and why only the cherry tomato plants? If you would like a picture I can e-mail you one to see what I do, everyone knows a picture is wortha thousand words

stephen gamburud December 14, 2010 at 6:34 am

Can cherry tomatoes be grown in a hydroponic system?

Kenny Point December 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Hi Stephen, sure cherry tomatoes can be grown in a hydroponic system, smaller fruiting varieties may even be easier because the plants are productive and quicker to produce ripened tomatoes. They may take more effort to keep them pruned and growing under control though… I have never grown hydroponic tomatoes myself but there is no reason cherry tomatoes wouldn’t work.

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