By Kathee Mierzejewski
Tomatoes are the most versatile and used vegetable out of the garden. They are used in salads, soups, sauces and the like. There are so many different things that can be done with tomatoes. Not only are they used for a lot of things, but there are many different types of tomatoes. One of the favorites in the garden is cherry tomatoes and, because of this, we will focus on planting cherry tomatoes in this article.
How to Grow Cherry Tomatoes
Growing cherry tomato plants is done best after all chance of frost has passed. Before you put your plants into the ground, you want to be sure that the weather is stable enough. Frost will kill them.
One of the best tips on growing cherry tomatoes I ever heard is to put limestone in the bottom of each of the holes before putting the plants into the ground. This will prevent blossom end rot. Planting cherry tomatoes should be done after the plants are six to ten inches tall. If you do it before this time, your tomato plants may die.
You need to make sure when growing cherry tomato plants that you fertilize the ground. You can use a starter fertilizer in the beginning. This gives the plants a good start. After that you can side dress the plants as necessary.
Another one of the better tips on growing cherry tomatoes is to pinch off the suckers. What these are is new growth that appears where the branches meet the stalk or “V” off. These little suckers will rob the plant of nutrients. Pinching them off makes sure your growing cherry tomato plants will continue to flourish.
Another one of the better tips on growing cherry tomatoes is to tie the plants to a stake so they stay standing. Once your plant is full of tomatoes, it will get heavy. When planting cherry tomatoes, make an allowance for the space needed for each of the full grown plants along with stakes and ties. Further, keeping the growing cherry tomatoes off the ground prevents worms from eating them.
The grow time of cherry tomatoes is about a couple of months. This can be quicker or slower depending on the weather. You want to watch the tomatoes for signs of ripening, such as turning red. When they are red, you can pick them. The riper they are, the easier they are to pull off the plant. Simply pick and enjoy! The plants should produce for quite a period throughout the summer.