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Solanum lycopersicum

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Belonging to the Solanum genus (Solanum lycopersicum 'Cherry'), Cherry is a variety of Tomato. 'Cherry' is considered a OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Painter yellow. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Cadmium red.

Cherry Tomatoes are a group of tomatoes that are small in size, usually 1" in diameter or under, and are approximately the size of cherries. While “Cherry” tomato isn’t a variety in and of itself, there are many varieties sold in stores simply as “Cherry” tomatoes without the specific variety name attached.


They range in colours from red, green, black, brown, yellow, orange, gold, etc. and can range in flavours from very sweet to more acidic.

Some are determinate, others are indeterminate. Some are early season varieties, ripening as soon as 60-65 days from transplant, while others are mid- or late-season varieties.

This variety is an Fruit that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Cherry is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet).

Mexico is believed to be where Cherry originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Cherry Tomato is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Cherry have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Cherry

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Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Cherry is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Planting Cherry in loamy soil with a ph of between 5.0 and 6.0 is ideal for as it does best in moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil.

Growing Cherry from seed

Start seeds indoors six weeks before last frost date.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 2.60 feet (80.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.78 inches (2.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Cherry about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Cherry

Transplant out when around 15cm (6 inches) high.

Plant to first set of leaves to promote strong roots.

As Cherry is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Cherry

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

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