Miniature cherry tomatoes add charm to the home garden and offer up an abundance of tiny fruit just right for snacking. The most popular, of course, tends to be red cherry tomatoes, but there are many varieties to choose from. These delightful fruits come in several colors, sizes and shapes and can be grown in all locations across the State of Maine.
Try planting an assortment of cherry tomatoes along a wall or fence or train them on a trellis for a display of color unrivaled by summer flowers. These delightful little gems also perform well in hanging baskets or containers. See the accompanying slideshow for images of a variety of cherry tomatoes.
Tomatoes are tender perennials grown as annuals across the State of Maine and other cool season areas. Like full-sized tomatoes, these plants should be planted in the spring after the danger of frost has passed in your area. In Maine that typically means planting them in late May or early June, depending on your location and microclimate.
Tips for planting cherry tomatoes
- Plant cherry tomatoes in organic rich well-drained soil.
- Provide Six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day.
- Water deeply to saturate the soil to the root level once or twice a week.
- Apply water-soluble fertilizer designed for vegetables on a 10 to 14 day cycle.
- Stake tomatoes to keep the fruit above the ground.
- Cover tomato plants when frost threatens.
- Store fresh tomatoes a room temperature for best flavor.
Maine gardeners can purchase cherry tomato seedlings in their local Maine greenhouse or order them online from established seed companies.
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