Many summer residents have recently given preference to small elegant cherry tomatoes. And they are right in their choice! The taste of cherry is brighter, richer. Sometimes with a raspberry, blueberry or melon tint. They are sweeter. They contain more vitamins and antioxidants that prevent the development of cancerous tumors and prolong youth.
Due to their compact size, they can be grown not only in the garden, but also at home: on the balcony or windowsill. Children also love cherry tomatoes.
1. Cherry can not stepchild
In general, the operation to remove lateral shoots from tomatoes is carried out with one single purpose: so that the crop has time to ripen. If you leave a large number of shoots, the plant will spend all its energy on their development and the fruits will not have time to gain the desired weight. This is important for large tomatoes. Cherries don’t take long to reach their maximum size. They have time to ripen, even if there are a lot of them on the bush.
2. Cherry tomatoes hate dry soil
When dry, their fruits begin to crack. Therefore, they need to be watered daily! But little by little, because they also do not like excessive dampness – they rot in the bud. If it is not possible to water them every day, one watering per week will be enough. But in this case, very plentiful! Under each bush it is necessary to pour literally a bucket of water. And be sure to mulch the soil with humus, peat or straw so that moisture does not evaporate.
3. Distance between bushes
The distance between the bushes in this type of variety should be greater than between ordinary tomatoes, because cherry tomatoes are very fond of an abundance of light. Plants should not shade each other!
4. Cherries must be tied up
Ordinary tomatoes, some summer residents (this is often practiced in the southern regions of Russia) are grown in spreading. And there are also undersized tomatoes that perfectly “stand” without support. And the overwhelming majority of cherry trees are tall – a meter, or even one and a half or two in height. So support is a must for them.
5. Cherry tomatoes should be harvested fully ripe
Picked brown or green, they will, of course, ripen, but the taste will not be the same. Only in the sun they are able to gain sweetness and aroma. By the way, it is best to pick cherry tomatoes not individually, but in whole branches. So they keep longer.
* Cherry – from English. “cherry”. So it is customary to call tomatoes, the mass of fruits of which is in the range from 10 to 30 g. Moreover, they do not have to be round: small pear-shaped tomatoes and cream tomatoes also belong to the cherry group