Cherry tomatoes are not just a tasty addition to your garden, they are also relatively easy to grow. You can get a good crop of cherry tomatoes from plants that don’t take up much space and are fairly easy to care for. In this blog, we’ll show you how to grow cherry tomatoes at home, including how long it takes until harvest time and how much space they need.
Before You Grow
As with any other plant, you need to be patient. Cherry tomatoes are not the easiest plant to grow. A lot of people give up on them because it takes so long for them to bloom, but if you keep at it, the payoff will be great!
First things first: You need to prepare yourself for a lot of work ahead. You need to have all your tools ready and in order before you start planting seeds or seedlings into pots or garden beds. Make sure that each pot has good quality soil that drains well and has plenty of nutrients in it (organic compost works wonders!). It’s also important that you choose the right location for growing cherry tomatoes—full sun is best if possible—and make sure that there is plenty of space between plants so they don’t shade each other out when they get bigger!
Finally, make sure that when planting new seedlings or transplants into prepared beds they are placed where they will receive adequate sunlight throughout their growing season (8-10 hours per day).
How to Grow Cherry Tomatoes.
How to Grow Cherry Tomatoes
The first step in growing cherry tomatoes is making sure you have the right plants. Cherry tomato plants should be small but robust; they won’t grow very tall, so don’t get caught up in their height. When choosing your plant, look for one that is healthy and has plenty of leaves still attached. Pay attention to the color of the leaves—they should be a dark green or even blue-green if possible. Avoid any plants with yellowed leaves or any other signs of disease or stress. Once you have your healthy young plant at home, it needs some time before it can produce fruit!
Cherry tomatoes are widely considered an “indeterminate” variety; this means that they keep growing until frost comes along and kills them off (which may happen after only a few months). Soil temperature is critical here: when soil temperatures reach 85 degrees F (29 C), cherry tomato plants will start producing flowers (and therefore fruit) within 4-6 weeks after planting
How to Prepare the Soil for Growing Cherry Tomatoes
Now that you have your seeds and containers, the next step is to prepare your soil. In order to grow cherry tomatoes successfully, it’s important that your garden soil be well drained and loose. If the soil is compacted or too dense in texture, you may end up with stunted tomato plants or even worse—root rot! Additionally, rich organic matter will help maintain a balanced pH level within garden soil (which also keeps pests away).
In order for this to work properly:
- Add organic materials like compost or aged manure into the top 6 inches of soil around each plant at planting time. This will enrich the subsoil while improving drainage as well
- Water evenly throughout each day during dry periods in summertime; water deeply enough so that water penetrates down through several inches of soil but not so much that puddles form on top of leaves (this could cause disease)
- Keep weeds under control by mulching between rows with straw or hay bales
The Best Sun for Growing Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are an excellent choice for those who enjoy a sunny spot in the garden. These compact plants require at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. If the weather is not cooperating, you can grow cherry tomatoes indoors using fluorescent lights or even in a sunny window if it gets enough light throughout the day.
If you have a greenhouse, this will allow you to grow cherry tomatoes year-round as long as they get enough sun and heat during certain months of the year.
Growing Cherry Tomatoes in Pots or Containers.
You can grow cherry tomatoes in pots or containers, which can be any size or shape. The key to success is to start with good quality soil, and to pick a container that’s large enough for the plant(s) you’re growing.
Once you’ve got your pot ready, prepare the soil by adding compost and/or fertilizer appropriate for cherry tomatoes. The last thing you want is for your plants’ roots to run out of room before they grow!
Plant your plants about one foot apart from each other, then water them well and give them a healthy dose of mulch (to keep moisture levels high). You’ll need to water regularly while they’re first getting established—up until they reach full maturity—but after that point will only need occasional watering as needed during dry spells.
How to Harvest Cherry Tomatoes
If you grow cherry tomatoes, you’ll know that they’re sweet and delicious. But did you know that cherry tomato plants can be used for so much more than just eating?
- Harvesting Cherry Tomatoes: When to Harvest Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are ready to be harvested when they fully ripen (and begin to wrinkle), which is generally between 50-75 days after transplanting. If you want a more precise harvest date, check out this chart for when different varieties of cherry tomatoes should be ready in your area: [chart].
How to Store Cherry Tomatoes.
To store cherry tomatoes, keep them in the fridge.
No, no, no. Wrong! The last thing you want to do is stick your tomatoes in the fridge. If you put your cherry tomatoes in the refrigerator or freezer, they will lose their delicious flavor and become bland and shriveled up like sad little raisins!
What you need to do instead is store them somewhere cold but not too cold—a cool room like a basement or garage works well for this purpose. You don’t need to worry about keeping them fresh for long periods of time because they’ll go bad within a week or so anyway.
Once again: DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER!
Common Pests and Problems.
Common Cherry Tomato Pests and Problems
Caterpillars: An infestation of caterpillars can be a huge problem for cherry tomatoes, especially if they’re not picked off quickly. If you see these critters on your plants, get rid of them immediately as they will chew holes into leaves and eat away at the fruit. Squash bugs: This pest eats holes in young stems, causing them to wilt or die back prematurely, which will ultimately stunt plant growth. Fruit flies: These common pests lay their eggs inside ripening fruit, leading to rotting fruit that needs to be thrown out before eating. Fungus: A wide range of fungal diseases can affect cherry tomatoes including gray mold (which causes brown spots) black spot fungus (which causes dark spots), powdery mildew (which causes white snowflake-like patches on leaves), leaf spot (which causes brownish lesions) blossom-end rot (a symptom caused by calcium deficiency). The key thing about dealing with fungal diseases is prevention! Make sure not to overwater your plants because this leads to root rot which facilitates an environment where fungi thrive; avoid overhead watering because it promotes fungal growth; give plants plenty of air circulation so moisture doesn’t build up near the soil surface; remove infected leaves promptly before they spread spores around which could infect other parts of the plant too.”
With the right preparation, cherry tomatoes can be a rewarding plant to grow.
Growing cherry tomatoes is a rewarding experience, but it can be challenging. When growing cherry tomatoes, you need to make sure that your soil is rich in nutrients and that you give them enough water—but not too much. In addition to the right pot, sun exposure and plants are also crucial factors in growing this tasty vegetable.
- Soil: The soil should be rich in nutrients and have good drainage so that excess water flows away from the plant roots. If not, then your tomato plants will suffer from root rot (an infection caused by fungi) or other nutrient deficiencies that stunt growth and affect fruit production later on down the road!
- Sunlight: Cherry tomatoes need at least six hours of sunlight each day for optimal growth conditions; otherwise it will become difficult for them to grow large or produce decent quantities of fruit throughout their lifespan as well as weakening their immune systems against diseases such as powdery mildew which affects many different types of plants including strawberries!
If you’re looking to grow cherry tomatoes, this article is a great place to start. We hope that we were able to help you out with some of your questions about how and where to grow them!