Cherry tomatoes are small round tomatoes that grow on a stem similar to how grapes do and are a great addition to salads, pasta, or salsa for a mouthful of flavor. Rich in antioxidants and numerous nutrients they are a grower’s joy. Extremely easy to grow, and apart from tasting great they also add a nice color to your garden!

Cherry tomatoes are also very nutritious and healthful. Cherry tomatoes are very low in sodium, saturated fats, and cholesterol. Thanks to the Alpha-Tocopherol, the vegetable is a great source of Vitamin E and also offers B6, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Copper along with potassium, Vitamin A, C and K. You can also use Cherry tomatoes in sandwiches, or steam them and use to make a sour-sweet sauce, etc.

Plant The fruits are round, Green Shoulder & uniform attractive red fruits with Avg. fruit wt 20-25g. The taste of the fruit is sour like native variety. It has a good leaf cover & stay green. Medium Tall, Spreading, Less Branched
Maturity Harvest starts from  65-85 days from planting
Environment Well-drained red loamy soil. Natural sunlight. Water whenever surface soil is dry. Suitable under protective conditions.
Height after growth 3-4 Feet
Planting Season Aug to March
Watering Alternate days
Planting & Growing Instructions Sow the seeds 1 cm deep, 6 inch to 1 feet distance. Regularly apply nutrients and plant protection
Note: Used as seeds only and not for consumption. Seeds to be sown before the expiry date.

Sowing

  • Being very easy to grow, Cherry tomatoes can be sown throughout the year.
  • For sowing take a seedling tray with medium-sized cells & drainage holes at the bottom.
  • Fill the seedling tray with a growing medium. The ideal growing medium for cherry tomatoes is Coco Peat if you are growing them indoors and Fine Soil if you are growing them outdoors.
  • Hold the Cherry Tomato seeds in your left palm & sow 2-3 seeds per cell/cup.
  • Do not sow cherry tomato seeds in too deep.
  • Place your seeds on the surface of the medium and use the inside with the tip of a pencil and cover the surface with coco peat ensuring that the seeds are covered.
  • Alternately, you can also make shallow depressions in the medium using the back of a pencil and put your seeds inside these depressions and cover them up with coco peat.
  • Keep the seedling tray indoors till the seeds germinate.
  • Provide 2 tablespoons of water every day to the seeds. Of you can also keep the seed tray in another tray full of water for half an hour so that the water will be absorbed by the seed cells from the bottom, via drainage holes.
  • To encourage germination, place the seed tray in a box or cover it with paper for the first 4-5 days.
  • If seeds are planted outdoors on seedbeds, protect them from heavy rainfall or direct sunlight.
  • Cover your seedbed by making a temporary roof of a plastic sheet. Water it in the form of a light shower using a watering can.
  • Fill the cells/cups with a moist coco-peat medium.

Cherry Tomato Caring

  • Cherry tomato seeds will germinate within 6 – 8 days and tiny sprouts will be visible at this stage.
  • Once seeds germinate, put the tray in an open partially sunny spot near the window. Don’t cover the tray anymore.
  • The second week onwards your seedlings will start growing into a plant. At this stage expose the seedling tray to more sunlight to encourage leaf growth.
  • Keep one seedling per hole and cut off the smaller seedlings using a pair of scissors.
  • Four weeks after sowing your seeds, your seedlings will be ready for transplantation.
  • You can transplant the seedlings to container pots or raised beds.
  • Transplant the seedling along with the root ball of a medium.
  • Cherry Tomato seedlings can be transplanted deeper into the planting mixture. This will encourage root formation.
  • Plant the seedlings minimum 2 feet apart (60×60 or 60×45 cm) from each other on raised beds. Plant only single seedling at the center of a single regular 8-12 inch pot.
  • Before transplanting the seedling, use a good quality organic manure in the soil with 2:1 ratio. Organic fertilizer can be well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, compost or vermicompost.
  • Make sure your cherry tomato plant is receiving sufficient sunlight. Cherry Tomatoes require full sunlight.
  • Cherry Tomatoes are weak trailing plants. They need a trellis for support, particularly at the fruiting stage. You can use locally available material like bamboo, wood sticks, wires, tapes, ropes to make trellis of your own.
  • Cherry tomato plants will start flowering at the beginning of month 3.
  • Cherry Tomatoes can be harvested 65-80 from the sowing of seeds & harvesting season can continue for the next 3 months or so.

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