A cherry tomato is a type of red, small, soft tomato which gives unique flavor to our dishes; you can eat cherry tomatoes raw or cooked with vegetable. Like other tomatoes, cherry tomatoes are very easy and simple to grow; it gives a stunning look to your home garden or kitchen garden. Cherry tomatoes are not only good in taste but also contain fiber, vitamins such as A, C, E and it act as antioxidant. If you want to grow your own cherry tomatoes at home from seed, we will explain how to grow cherry tomato and what season is best to plant cherry tomato seeds and all about growing cherry tomatoes. Best quality Hybrid Cherry Tomato Seeds at the best price in India from www.organicbazar.net with a Good Germination rate.
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- Number of Cherry Tomato Seeds: 50 Seeds
- Where to grow: Balcony or terrace garden
- Sowing season: Throughout the year (Best time August To November)
- Mode of sowing: Sow the seeds 0.5 cm deep in a seedling tray or Container, or Pots. Transplant in 25 to 30 days.
- Germination Time: 6 to 10 days from sowing
- Germination temperature: 18-27°C
- Harvesting: 60 to 80 days from transplanting
- Plant vigor: Strong plant with short internodes
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Cherry Tomato Seeds Growing Season In India
Cherry tomato can grow in all season throughout the year but if you want to get best and successful results, sow the seeds in the spring season (February to April) or Autumn season (September To November).
How To Grow Cherry Tomato At Home In Pot
Usually cherry tomato seeds are sown in seedling trays and then transplanted after the seeds have germinated, the transplant is necessary as it allows the tomato plant to grow freely. To plant cherry tomatoes, you need a pot or grow bag of at least 12-18 inches (width and height) with well-draining holes. You can sow cherry tomato seeds either indoors or outdoors in warm climates and the optimum temperature for seed germination is between 18-27°C. Give your cherry tomatoes plant proper sunlight and the soil should be moist.
The best soil mix for planting cherry tomatoes is:
Cherry Tomato Seeds Sowing Method
Select a seedling tray or small-sized pot (up to 5 inches deep), fill with a growing medium such as coco peat or potting mix, and sow 2-3 cherry tomato seeds in about 0.5cm deep per cup. Water gently and keep the soil moist. Keep the cherry tomato seedling in a location, where it receives proper sunlight. Cherry tomato seeds will germinate within 6-12 days (depends on growing condition).
Transplant Tomato Seedlings Into Big Pot
After cherry tomato seeds germination, when seedlings are 6-8 inches tall at that time transplant healthiest plant carefully (without disturbing their root) into pots/grow bags and set the seedling 6-8 inches apart from each other. Keep the pot in a location where small cherry tomato plant get 6-8 hours of proper sunlight and give water whenever you feel that soil becomes dry.
How To Fertilize Cherry Tomato Plants
- After 15 days of transplanting, give any organic fertilizer (vermicompost, cow manure or neem cake) to cherry tomatoes plant in every 2 weeks for better growth of the plant.
- During flowering time, use phosphorus or Potash rich fertilizer on the cherry tomatoes plant.
Cherry Tomato Plant Care Tips
Soil – Use loamy, well drained soil with a pH of 6.0-6.8 for planting cherry tomato.
Sunlight – A cherry tomato plant need 6-8 hours of full sunlight every day.
Water – Cherry tomato plant needs regular water or deeply watering in summer days for better or fast growth of plants and give water once in 3 days during winters.
Temperature – Optimum temperature for growing cherry tomato is 15-30 degree Celsius and should not less than 10 degree Celsius.
Common pests and diseases – Some pests like Aphids, cutworms, caterpillars, and root-knot nematode can attack the cherry tomato plants. Powdery mildew and bacterial milt is the main disease that infected cherry tomato plants. To get rid of this problem, it would be right to spray neem oil on the tomatoes plant from time to time.
Support – When cherry tomato plants begin to grow they need more space; provide support such as pipe, bamboo, rope or wire to produce more fruit.
Pruning Cherry Tomato In Pots
Plants Pruning is very important to remove tomato suckers (a new stem growing from the joint of the main stem) and extra stems Pruning removes unnecessary load from the tomato plant and allows more nutrients to support flowering and fruiting, resulting in higher yields and the production of delicious cherry tomatoes. Pruning should be done from time to time when the plant is growing and especially when it starts flowering and fruiting.
Use pruning shears and remove any suckers or new stems, small stems that grow from the main stem, and cut off any dried or infected leaves.
Cherry Tomato Flowering Time And Pollination
Within 40-45 days from transplanting, cherry tomato plants will start flowering. Cherry tomato plants will self-pollinate (means each blossom contain male and female part), and they are good at attracting bees and other pollinators to the garden.
How To Harvest Cherry Tomato
- Cherry tomato is usually ready to harvesting within about 60-80 days of transplanting.
- Pick the ripe cherry tomatoes when their color changes from green to red and they easily detach from their stem.
- Harvest cherry tomatoes every 1-2 days to produce more tomatoes, and if you left cherry tomatoes on the plant for too long, they will crack or drop off the stem.
- The plant will continue to produce cherry tomato fruits until the first frost.
Cherry Tomato Special Features
- Common name – Cherry Tomato
- Scientific name – Solanum Lycopersicum
- Plant height – 4 to 8 feet
- Flower color – Yellow
Does cherry tomato plant need sun or shade?
Cherry tomatoes are most productive vegetable that need maximum sunlight (at least 6-8 hours) for fast growth of plants.
How do I know if my cherry tomatoes are ripe?
Cherry tomatoes are ripe when the shiny green turns to a red color and the inside will be red-orange.
Why my cherry tomato leaves curling?
Heat and low moisture can cause curling of cherry tomato leaves.
What are the signs of over watering cherry tomato plants?
The most common sign of overwatered tomato plants are yellowing of leaves, wilting of plants and cracking of fruits.
Should I water cherry tomatoes every day?
Yes, you should water cherry tomatoes ever day, but make sure the soil is moist not soggy.
Why are my cherry tomatoes seed not germinating?
Cherry tomato seeds will not germinate because of improper growing conditions like not getting enough sunlight, over watering or under watering.
Why are my cherry tomato plants not growing well?
Cherry tomato plants will not grow, if the soil is too warm or too wet.
Why is my cherry tomatoes plant not flowering?
Cherry tomatoes will not flowering (or fruiting), generally caused by temperature that is either too hot or too cold. Make sure that your tomato plant receives at least 6 hours of full sunlight for fruit set.
Why does my cherry tomatoes flower dying but not fruits?
Cherry tomato with no fruits may be the result of incorrect temperature and lacks of pollination.
What causes leaves on cherry tomato plant to turn yellow?
The most common reason for yellow leaves on a tomato plants is either under watering or lacks of nutrients in the soil. Give proper water to cherry tomatoes plant, keep soil moist and apply nutrients in soil.
Why is my cherry tomatoes plant suddenly dying?
Improper watering practices like under watering or over watering and fungal wilt disease are the main reason for cherry tomatoes plant die. Tomatoes plants cannot survive without water but too much water also kills the plants.
Why are my cherry tomatoes so small?
Sometimes cherry tomatoes plant produces small fruits; this is due to lacks of water, sunlight or pollination and high temperature.
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