It’s not so hard to grow your own cherry tomatoes. For the first, all you need is a good will, pot and cherry tomatoes seedlings. You will be amazed when you figure out, how easy is to grow them. So, even one plant will bear enough for all season.
When planting cherry tomatoes, you can choose between few varieties like : The most popular, Sweet Million; Sun Sugar, richly flavored golden fruit and Black Cherry, whose tomatoes have a complex, rich, sweet flavor.
In good conditions, they will continue to grow taller and produce more until the plants are killed by frost. Once you’ve chosen your variety, you’ll just need to grab some supplies.
What You’ll Need
- Cherry tomato plants
- Potting mix
- Small to middle container
- Tomato cages (For a good crop, go with the largest size; the wire mesh supports the plant as it grows.)
- approximate 5-gallon buckets or some similar watering can
- Tomato plant food
How to Plant
- Make some holes on the bottom of your container. It’s necessary for good drainage of the water.
- Pick a location where the plant will get at least eight hours of direct sun each day. You can actually skip the tomato cage if you have a spot close to a balcony or railing, which you can use to support the tomato vines.
- If you decide to use a cage, insert the pointy end into the planter, and then fill the planter with potting mix.
- Water until the potting mix is evenly moist. Top it off with a little more potting mix, adding enough so it comes to about ½ inch below the rim of the planter and making sure the soil surface is level.
- Dig a small hole in the center of the planting mix. Carefully remove your tomato plant from its original pot and slide it into the hole. Plant it deep enough so only the top four to six leaves show once you cover it back up with potting mix.
- You should watering it every two or three days to keep the soil evenly moist. Normally, in hot, dry weather you may need to water every day. Feed your plant fertilizer once a week, according to directions.
- As the plant grows, the branches will start to poke through the holes in your tomato cage. Push them back inside so the plant doesn’t droop.
First off all you will spot small flowers. Flowers will be followed by tiny green fruits. After a few weeks, those turn into full-blown cherry tomatoes you can harvest.
It’s worth to wait a few extra days for the truly ripe cherry tomatoes. Pick individual fruits every day for best results. With the nice weather, your plant will continue to produce right up until frost. If the weather turns unseasonably cool or an early frost threatens, you can tuck an old sheet over and around the plant to extend your harvest season.