Cherry tomatoes

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Tuesday 21 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Of all the types of tomato that we have attempted to grow, dwarf cherry are the most successful by far. The plants seem less susceptible to both the fungal and insect related problems associated with larger regular tomato varieties, or even the non-dwarf cherry tomatoes.  

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They certainly love the heat, and seem to thrive whether planted outdoors (35-45C, 95-113F) or in the greenhouse (45-55C, 113-130F). Obviously those are summer temps, whereas we first plant them out in April or even March when the climate is much more temperate.

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Once every two weeks I have to physically ‘undo’ and remove some of the branches and lots of leaves as they get so tightly packed at the core, there is no room for the fruit to grow!

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As long as the plant is relatively healthy, they can go on producing fruit through till the autumn; which for these plants means mid October usually.

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A drawer full of cherry tomatoes in the fridge. Most are scoffed fresh like this, and some are washed and frozen down for winter usage. Hopefully we’ll freeze down twenty small bags full during season.

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Their most significant challenge is red spider, which can decimate a plant in a matter of days. You can see the start of the attack here – holes puncturing what appear to be healthy leaves, which then go on to dry out and die off.

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9 thoughts on “Cherry tomatoes

  1. They look delicious Spike . Guaranteed success with them here too!

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  2. Looks so good. Dying to restart a garden! Is there anything you can do to keep the red spiders at bay?

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  3. dayphoto says:

    Oh, yum! Red spider…ugh! We get it in the corn also.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  4. Very impressive.. I have only one plant…but it was very productive. Now, a bit dormant with the fruit, but still looks healthy. This is my first year with one. I’ll do a few more next time…love the taste ! ☺

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  5. PigLove says:

    Smacks piggy lips. I ❤ tomatoes of any kind big or small. They are delicious!! You have my mouth salivating just looking at your pictures. XOXO – Bacon

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