Cherry Toms – The Old Faithful


Saturday 12 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Growing tomatoes here is a pain in the proverbial wotsit.

Red spider and a host of other buglets and diseases necessitate regular spraying, which basically I am really not into. However, one exception seems to be the Dwarf Cherry variety (posh name unknown). Whilst I clear all the fruit and spray for spider maybe 3 times a summer season, that’s better than weekly spraying other types.

With some 25 plants in the greenhouse and outside this year, we should be able to freeze down a fair load for winter use, as well as eating as many as possible fresh with our evening meal :)












Rather than let the birds chomp them,
I often pick semi-ripe and leave then in the spare bedroom for a few days 🙂




15 thoughts on “Cherry Toms – The Old Faithful

  1. hello uncle spike its dennis the vizsla dog hay mmm tomatoes!!! ummm i am not shoor wot red spider is but it sownds like a sooper villin and probly best avoyded!!! ok bye


  2. Are the skins of your tomatoes a bit chewy, even when they’re ripe? I know that our tomatoes were a bit tough last year as it was very hot weather, but nearly as hot as in Turkey. They lived in the greenhouse and it was very difficult to give them the right amount of water without overdoing it and causing other sorts of problems. This year, we’ve tried growing some black tomatoes as well as red, but to no avail. The seeds didn’t even germinate. The black ones are exceptionally tasty and higher in antioxidants. I’ve had some to eat that were grown in the Isle of Wight.


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Yes the larger variety are tougher, and we tend to peel them. The easiest are pink beef toms. They grow big but we tend to but them locally – a pain to grow. Plum toms are not too bad…

      But we stick with dwarf cherry. Their skins are not tough at all, and I water them every 2 days (greenhouse as 45-50C) or 3 days (outside 38-42C). Our problem is red spider in this heat, so I have to spray every 2-3 weeks, but I clear the plants totally first, so not so bad.


  3. joannesisco says:

    Tomatoes!! Now we’re talking 🙂
    Cherry tomatoes fresh off the vine are like eating nature’s candy. Yum.


  4. geemolina says:

    Nice photo uncle spike! Tomatoes!


  5. lizard100 says:

    All green here still!


  6. Rajiv says:

    I like the colour contrast…


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