Cherry tomatoes are delicious and easy to grow, and they can be grown in almost any climate.
Things You'll Need
- Cherry Tomato Seedlings
- Garden Stakes
- Garden Trowels
- Liquid Fertilizers
- Watering Cans
Buy cherry tomato seedlings from your local nursery for planting after the last frost date in spring. Look for heirloom varieties, or for fun, try the pearl variety. Two plants will produce plenty of fruit, unless you're feeding an army.
Choose a site with full sun. Work in plenty of compost or other organic matter if your soil is clay or sandy.
Dig a hole large enough to fit the base of the plant.
Remove the plant from its container. Using the tip of a garden trowel, dig gently into the root ball at the bottom of the plant and "rough it up" so that dirt falls out into your hole and the roots hang down.
Place the plant in the hole so the roots are in the hole and the base of the green plant is at ground level.
Fill the hole with soil and press down firmly on the soil surrounding the base of the plant.
Place a firm stake into the ground next to the base, and tie the plant loosely to the stake.
Water generously, but not so much that dirt flows out of the hole.
Water approximately once every two days. Fertilize every two weeks with liquid fertilizer.
Pick tomatoes when their color is glossy and even, and their texture midway between soft and firm.
Tips & Warnings
- When you start to see yellow flowers sprouting, you've done it. You should have tomatoes coming off those sprouts within a week.
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