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LYCOPERSICON esculentum var. cerasiforme
Cherry Tomato, Tomato
Nothing epitomizes summer eating like cherry tomatoes. These short-lived tender perennials are usually grown as annuals. Their medium green, hairy, compound leaves have a strong fragrance and are not to be eaten. Yellow flowers are followed by small, succulent fruits ideal for salads or eating straight off the vine.
Tomatoes require full sun and perfectly drained, slightly acid garden loam. The vines root along the stems and should be planted deep for better establishment. They are cold sensitive, so plant after the danger of frost has past. Production and fruit flavor are best when both nights and days are warm. The fruits themselves are cold sensitive and become tough and less flavorful under cool temperatures, so refrain from storing them in the refrigerator if you can. In subtropical locations, tomatoes can be grown as a winter crop—if temperatures remain warm enough.
These veggies are heavy feeders, so it is important to feed and water them regularly for best growth and production. Be sure to choose a fertilizer specifically formulated for tomatoes, and avoid over-watering because too much water can reduce flavor and cause cracking. Blossom end rot is a common fruit defect caused by a deficiency in the essential micro-nutrient calcium, which is another reason to feed your plants well!
Tomatoes are susceptible to a wide range of pests and other problems. There are hundreds of varieties available, many of which are resistant.
12 - 1
11 - 15
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
1'-10' / 0.3m - 3.0m (7)
1'-4' / 0.3m - 1.2m (2)
Hybrid Origin, Mexico, Central America, South America
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Dark Green
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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