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Planting cherry tomatoes - Instructions & notes on location, soil & time

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Cherry tomatoes are small, sweet and tasty and especially popular with children. So that you can expect a rich harvest, there are a few things to consider when planting.

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Tomatoes are not only tasty and versatile, they are also low in calories, high in vitamin E and valuable phytonutrients. However, not everyone has the opportunity to grow the nightshade family in their own garden.

Cherry tomatoes also offer balcony gardeners an alternative to getting fresh vegetables. The cherry-sized mini tomatoes are also popular with children because of their sweet taste. The cultivation can be done in the bed like in the tub on the balcony or terrace. So that you too can soon snack on the aromatic mini tomatoes, you will find everything you need to know about planting and cultivating the small vitamin bombs here.

Optimal planting conditions for cherry tomatoes

❖ Location:

The right location is crucial for the cherry tomatoes to thrive and develop their intense aroma. All tomato varieties love the sun. Penumbra is tolerated less well and is only tolerated during the growing phase. If you expect a rich harvest, place the cherry tomatoes in a sunny, warm, and breezy location.

When choosing a location, it is very important that the cherry tomatoes are protected. If the perennials are exposed to rain and wind, dreaded herb blight can occur. So take care of rain protection. Cherry tomatoes thrive very well in a greenhouse or under a special cover.

" Tip: An ideal location for the mini tomatoes in the bucket is a roofed house wall, which continues to give off heat to the plants after a sunny day.

Shortly:

  • sunny
  • bright
  • warm
  • airy
  • protected

❖ substrate:

Tomatoes are all heavy feeders. This means they are very hungry for nutrients. A poor soil would be completely unfavorable for the small tomatoes. A nutrient-rich soil is particularly important for keeping in a bucket. The supply of substrate in the planter is limited and therefore consumes faster than would be the case with outdoor planting.

The floor should be fresh and well drained. Therefore, loosen the soil well or move a heavy soil with gravel or lava granulate. If you have the option, determine the pH of the soil. If the result is above 6, the right substrate for the cherry tomatoes has been found.

" Tip: Tomatoes like calcareous soil and can therefore be watered with tap water.

Play it safe when choosing the substrate for commercially available vegetable soil. You can also use potting soil and mix it with compost.

Shortly:

  • nutritious
  • permeable
  • fresh
  • wet
  • calcareous
  • pH 6 and higher

❖ Planting time:

You should have a little patience when planting cherry tomatoes. Only after the ice saints, i.e. at the earliest in mid-May, is it time to put the plants outdoors or to place them in the tub on the balcony.

" Tip: Temperatures of 15 degrees and above should prevail when the cherry tomatoes from tropical regions are planted.

❖ Planting instructions:

❶ Find location
❷ Dig out the planting hole
❸ Loosen and upgrade the soil
Beachten Note planting distance
❺ Use plants
❻ Fill up the substrate
❼ Press the earth down well
❽ Use climbing aid
Ießen Water and mulch the plant

First of all, start looking for a sunny and airy location. In the meantime, you can place the young plants in a container with water so that the root balls can soak up moisture. The planting hole should be excavated at least twice the size of the root ball. The substrate should be upgraded before planting. You can add horn chips and compost to the soil. This gives the young plant all the necessary nutrients and is supplied with a long-term organic fertilizer.

If you want to plant several cherry tomatoes, make sure that there is sufficient planting distance. If the plants are too narrow, they cannot develop optimally and are more susceptible to fungi. Therefore, keep a planting distance of about 70 centimeters. This way, the mini tomatoes get air from all sides and there is no moisture build-up.

If bubbles no longer rise from the water container, the cherry tomatoes have soaked up enough moisture and can now be planted. Put the plants carefully in the ground. You can plant the tomatoes in the soil up to their lower pair of leaves. Now fill up the substrate and press the earth lightly. Each plant now receives a climbing aid. You can use commercially available tendrils for tomatoes or alternatively use a stick made of wood or bamboo. Insert this directly into the soil next to the plant and loosely tie the first tendrils to it. After planting, the cherry tomatoes need enough water. So that the soil does not dry out too quickly, you can mulch regularly.

" Tip: Experienced gardeners know a good trick: Put a few leaves of comfrey or nettle directly into the planting hole. This provides the plants with nutrients and promotes growth.

Grow cherry tomatoes on the balcony

The cultivation of cherry tomatoes on the balcony or terrace is particularly popular. The mini tomatoes even thrive in the flower box in front of the kitchen window. You can bring the plantlets forward in your room and start sowing in February. At room temperature, the seeds germinate within 14 days. The plants can go outdoors in mid-May.

You should proceed as follows:

❶ Select planter
❷ Prepare the substrate
❸ Water plants
❹ Choose the ideal location
❺ Water the plant sufficiently

When choosing the planter, you should make sure that it is not only of sufficient size, but also has enough drainage holes in the bottom of the planter. If the irrigation water cannot drain off sufficiently, it builds up in the planter and causes waterlogging. This is not tolerated by the roots. The plant can no longer provide itself with sufficient nutrients and dies. Therefore, prepare in good time and install a drainage of gravel or broken pottery in the bottom of the vessel.

The substrate should have sufficient nutrients. You can mix the soil with compost at any time and add horn shavings. Play it safe with commercially available vegetable soil, which has a sufficient nutrient concentration. The planter is first filled with substrate up to about half the height. Then insert the young plants.

" Tip: Hold the cherry tomato at a slight angle when planting and plant the tomato to below the first pair of leaves.

After planting, the cherry tomatoes should be watered abundantly in a bucket or planter. There is a high need for moisture, especially in the planter, where only a limited amount of substrate is available.

Do cherry tomatoes need special protection?

Cherry tomatoes grow rather bushy and not primarily in height, like conventional tomatoes. However, provide the mini tomatoes with a climbing aid. Young plants already receive these sticks so that they are not kinked by the wind. The thickness of the bars can be around ten millimeters. In terms of length, just under one meter is sufficient for the rather small tomatoes. Do not tie the plant too tightly to the climbing aid. A conventional string could cut into the plant stems and damage or kink the plants. Therefore, use special plant binders. Alternatively, the plants can also be tied with raffia or old tights.

Cherry tomatoes always need a roof to protect them from the rain. If the balcony or terrace is covered, you are on the safe side. Otherwise, the construction of special canopies is worthwhile. If you only grow a few plants, they are also well protected by commercially available tomato covers.

What types of cherry tomatoes are suitable for planting?

If the cherry tomatoes are to appear bright red and taste super sweet, the "Angora super sweet" variety is a true classic. The cherry-sized fruits of "Benarys Gartenfreude" also have a particularly sweet taste. You will be able to harvest the fruits of "Lady Birdy" well into late autumn.

How to bring color into play

yellow varietiesorange varietiesstriped varieties
LollipopKatinkaTigerella
MirabellAmish Cherry
Gold nuggetEngland orange
Tiny tiger
Early Yellow Striped

Possible plant neighbors of the cherry tomato

Most of the time you will probably put your cherry tomatoes in a separate planter. When planting outdoors, it should be borne in mind that cherry tomatoes and potatoes are not compatible. On the other hand, the direct neighborhood to Tagetes or marigolds is an advantage. This not only gives a pretty picture in the cottage garden, the flowering plants also ensure that the cherry tomatoes are not attacked by pests or fungi.

Care instructions for the cherry tomato

The young plants should be watered regularly. Otherwise there is a risk of the fruit bursting. The earth must not dry out. On hot days, arm yourself with the watering can in the morning and evening. Water abundantly, but do not sponge the plants. Waterlogging very quickly leads to root rot and thus to the death of the tomatoes.

Continue to provide enough nutrients. Fertilization is necessary regularly. You can rely on commercially available tomato fertilizers or favor organic fertilization with compost and horn shavings.

" Tip: The nutrient requirement is particularly great when the plants are already bearing fruit. Therefore, continue to fertilize.

❖ Do you need to go out regularly?

Pickling is an important maintenance measure for tomatoes. Since cherry tomatoes grow bushy by nature, picking them out is not absolutely necessary. However, if the plants form a particularly large number of side shoots, picking them out also makes sense for mini tomatoes. You can snap off the shoots with your fingernails. You only need to use scissors when the shoots are firmer.

" Tip: Wear gardening gloves as the tomatoes can color.

❖ Beware of diseases

Cherry tomatoes are quite hardy, but not completely resistant to diseases and pests. Brown rot occurs most frequently. The fungal attack leads to brown-black discoloration of the leaves and later also on the fruits. Moisture favors the development of brown rot.

Other diseases:

  • gray
  • Blight
  • Fusarium wilt

The classic pests include the tomato leaf miner. Young plants are particularly affected. Buds and fruits are infected. Remove affected parts of the plant. The trade has also been offering special traps for some time. A certain attractant is filled into a water bowl.

❖ harvest time

Cherry tomatoes can be harvested from July. You will be able to pick the juicy fruit well into autumn.

" Attention: Only harvest ripe cherry tomatoes. Green cherry tomatoes contain the poison solanine.

All the grapes are harvested. This increases the durability. Keep the tomatoes dry and at room temperature. Tomatoes do not belong in the fridge because they lose their aroma very quickly.

" Tip: Store the cherry tomatoes separately from other fruits and vegetables.

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