Sweet 100 Tomato Care: Learn About Growing Sweet 100 Tomatoes

By: Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

As an avid tomato gardener, each year I like to try growing differenttomato varieties that I have never grown before. Growing and usingdifferent varieties not only lets me try out new gardening tricks andtechniques, but also allows me to experiment in the kitchen with new culinaryscents and flavors. However, while I love all this experimentation, I alwaysleave space in the garden for my all-time favorite tomatoplants, like Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes. Read on for helpful tips ongrowing Sweet 100 tomatoes.

What are Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes?

Sweet 100 tomato plants produce red cherry tomatoes onindeterminate vining plants that may grow 4-8 feet (1.2 to 2.4 m.) tall. Thesevines produce high yields of fruit from early summer right up to frost. Thehigh yields are indicated by the “100” in their name. However, this does notmean that the whole plant itself will only produce about 100 fruit. Instead,just one cluster of fruit on the plant can produce up to 100 cherry tomatoes,and the plant can produce many of these tomato clusters.

With just one bite of a Sweet 100 cherry tomato, it is easyto see why “sweet” is also in its name. These cherrytomatoes are ranked as one of the best for snacking, even right offthe vine. In fact, one of their nicknames is “vine candy.” Sweet 100 tomatoesare excellent for using fresh in salads. They are also versatile enough to beused in recipes, stewed, canned and/or frozen. Whichever methods they areprepared, Sweet 100 tomatoes retain their sweet, sugary flavor. They are alsohigh in Vitamin C.

How to Grow a Sweet 100 Tomato Plant

Sweet 100 tomato care is no different than that of most anytomato plant. The plants will grow best in full sun. Plants should be spacedabout 24-36 inches (61-91 cm.) apart and generally mature in about 70 days.Because these vines become so laden with fruit, growing Sweet 100 tomatoes on atrellis or fence generally works best, but they canbe staked or grown in tomatocages as well.

In my own garden, I have always grown my Sweet 100 tomatoesright by the steps of my back porch. This way, I can train the vines to growupon the step and porch railings, and I can also very easily harvest handfulsof the ripened fruit for a quick refreshing snack or salad. To be perfectlyhonest, I rarely walk past these plants without sampling a ripened fruit.

Sweet 100 tomatoes are resistant to both fusariumwilt and verticilliumwilt. The only complaint with these cherry tomatoes is that thefruit has a habit of cracking, especially after heavy rains. To prevent thiscracking, do not let fruits over-ripen on the vine. Pick them as soon as theyripen.

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Cherry tomatoes are bite-sized tomatoes that grow quickly, ripen early, and are good for you. The cherry tomato plant is one of the most popular plants to grow because it is easy to grow and produces a harvest quickly. If you'd like to start growing your own fruits and vegetables, knowing how to grow cherry tomatoes is a great way to begin. To grow cherry tomatoes, you will need to prepare the environment, grow the cherry tomatoes, and maintain the plant. [1] X Research source

Why You Should Grow Cherry Tomatoes in Pots (Even if You Have a Garden!)

While most people might see a lack of yard and limited space as a negative when talking about gardening, there are actually some benefits to growing your plants in containers rather than putting them in the ground.

For starters, potted plants are a lot easier to keep weed-free and can save on water and fertilizer use.

But, when looking at cherry tomatoes specifically, the benefits go much further than that.

These sweet little plants love attention. They grow fast and require a lot of maintenance to preserve their shape and help them produce the optimal amount of fruit. And, when they do start making fruit, they do so almost constantly. Both these traits make growing cherry tomatoes as close to your door as possible the best choice.

Pots will also keep these sensitive plants out of the reach of pests and give them enough airflow to reduce the incidence of disease. Plus, the superior drainage and limited soil in containers make adjusting nutrient ratios much easier than in in-ground gardens.

Overall, cherry tomatoes were made for living life in pots. But if you want to maximize your yield and minimize your effort, you’ll want to keep reading for some step-by-step tips for growing cherry tomatoes on your patio or deck.

How to Plant

1. If your container doesn't already have them, drill ¼- to ½-inch holes every few inches around the bottom edge, plus another few in the center bottom so excess water can drain.

2. For best fruiting, pick a location where the plant will get at least eight hours of direct sun each day. You can actually skip the tomato cage — and save a little cash — if you have a spot close to a balcony or railing, which you can use to support the tomato vines.

3. If you do go with a cage, insert the pointy end into the planter, and then fill the planter with potting mix.

4. Water until the potting mix is evenly moist. Top it off with a little more potting mix, adding enough so it comes to about ½ inch below the rim of the planter and making sure the soil surface is level.

5. Dig a small hole in the center of the planting mix. Carefully remove your tomato plant from its original pot (unless the pot is designed to dissolve), and slide it into the hole, planting it deep enough so only the top four to six leaves show once you cover it back up with potting mix.

6. Water every two or three days to keep the soil evenly moist (in hot, dry weather you may need to water every day). Feed your plant fertilizer once a week, according to directions.

7. As the plant grows, the branches will start to poke through the holes in your tomato cage. Push them back inside so the plant doesn't droop.

Planting and Care

Most cherry tomatoes are indeterminate and have a large, sprawling growth habit that requires pruning and support. When space is limited, many gardeners choose determinate varieties as they grow in a more compact, bush-like shape. Regardless of the variety, you should keep in mind that most tomatoes can benefit from staking or using a tomato cage to help keep fruit off of the ground.

Cherry tomatoes have the same growing requirements as larger tomatoes. They need four to six hours of sunlight per day, regular fertilization with a vegetable fertilizer, and one to two inches of water a week. Tomatoes will do best when they receive a heavy soaking of water once a week as opposed to frequent, light sprinklings.

When growing tomatoes in a container, be sure to choose one large enough and use a rich, well-drained potting media. A five-gallon bucket with holes drilled in the bottom is an easy and affordable option that will be large enough to prevent the soil from drying out.

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