Bursting with Goodness: The 5 Finest Cherry Tomatoes

Team McFly Sep 07, 2023
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Tomatoes can be one of the most rewarding crops for gardeners and one of the hardest. Tomatoes require intensive care and tending and may need a lot of feeding throughout their growing process for maximum results. Even experienced tomato growers sometimes encounter issues when tending their crops, but with the appropriate varieties, techniques, and precautions, you can still expect an impressive harvest!

Some may argue that to grow great tomatoes, one must cultivate heirloom varieties - landrace varieties bred and selected by gardeners for traits like shape, size, and taste - but growing heirlooms can often be time-consuming and labor-intensive; furthermore, their lower resistance to insects and diseases often forces many gardeners toward modern hybrid varieties as a more resilient solution.

Heirlooms remain delicious and rewarding, but many gardeners want an easier way to produce fresh, homegrown tomatoes. Thanks to new hybrid varieties and smart growth strategies, you can now grow them no matter the space limitations in your garden.

Choosing varieties best suited to container growing is the key to successful tomato plant care. Since tomato plants can be highly prolific and become quite large over time, a container that can house them is essential. High-quality soil with good drainage should be used, as well as organic matter and natural or organic root and bloom fertilizers, which provide essential nutrition to tomato plants.

Container gardening requires selecting determinate varieties that require minimal pruning, such as Red Robin, Crokini, or Midnight Snack. These produce bite-size cherry tomatoes in shades ranging from light pink to dark purple, with robust vines that trail along the sides of your container garden.

If you want to give hanging baskets a try, be sure to select sturdy, well-constructed ones. Tomato plants can be heavy; don't let your basket collapse under their weight! For longer-vined varieties of tomatoes, it might also be wise to invest in a pulley system that raises and lowers it for easier harvesting.

Begin planting seeds indoors, in a greenhouse, or from ready-to-plant transplants from local nurseries/garden centers around eight weeks before your expected last frost date. For maximum protection from frost damage and to ensure successful tomato ripening, try keeping tomatoes in the warmest environments until fully mature ripeness.

How to grow SunSugar tomatoes

How to Grow SunSugar Tomatoes

Sun Sugar flowers boast a vibrant, sunny orange hue that tastes sweet like candy. Easy-to-grow and disease-resistant, one plant can produce many of these luscious blooms. Popular with our customers, this cultivar makes an excellent choice for beginner and experienced gardeners!

This prolific indeterminate variety will produce tomatoes until frost hits in early fall. Remove ripening tomatoes regularly from their vine to maximize harvesting time and reduce frost risk. Wrap the entire plant with sheets or blankets to protect it from frost damage. Alternatively, green tomatoes harvested early can be brought indoors to ripen indoors to extend the growing season.

Prepare tomato seedlings for outdoor conditions over eight days by gradually exposing them to outdoor temperatures, wind speeds, and sunlight exposure. This helps minimize transplant shock while giving their roots time to adapt.

Tomato plants should be planted in full sun in an environment with ample warmth and drainage, which should include amending the soil with slow-release granular fertilizer before sowing. To increase moisture retention in their growing medium, cover their planting bed with organic mulch such as homemade compost or shredded leaves for extra moisture retention.

Once established, water your plant frequently to promote optimal growth and fruiting. Avoid allowing the soil to dry out between watering sessions as this could cause tomatoes to split, but be wary not to overwater as too much moisture may lead to root rot or other tomato diseases.

Sun Sugar tomatoes can withstand extreme heat and drought conditions, but it's best to water consistently throughout the summer for optimal growth. To prevent cracking, it is advisable to utilize a drip irrigation system or other means that gradually release an even amount of water throughout each day rather than an abrupt burst that causes swelling and cracking in their skins.

As Sun Sugar tomatoes begin to ripen, it is wise to cover them with either paper or plastic to protect against insects and pests while trapping ethylene gas produced during ripening for quicker maturation.

Though no tomato plant can ever be fully disease-proof, this variety was specifically bred to resist many common tomato diseases like fusarium wilt, verticillium wilt, tobacco mosaic virus, and root-knot nematode.

When gardening practices like avoiding overhead watering and rotating crops every year are combined with using natural biodegradable tomato disease control that contains neem oil as recommended above, their incidence in your garden should decrease substantially.

Should a disease issue arise and need treatment immediately to minimize spread further across other plants in your garden before using natural biodegradable tomato disease control or biodegradable tomato disease control with Neem oil.

If necessary, we recommend applying an effective natural biodegradable tomato disease control solution that contains neem oil as soon as possible to minimize spread across other plants in your garden if necessary and then applying an organic nutrient-rich fungicide that contains Neem oil as soon as possible to provide protection. If necessary, we recommend applying a natural, natural nutrient-rich fungicide solution.

How to grow Fire Fly tomatoes

How to Grow Fire Fly Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most widely grown home vegetable gardens. And no surprise: their cultivation from seed is straightforward, producing plenty of juicy fruit to snack on later!

The first step to a productive harvest: selecting the ideal tomato variety. For optimal success, look for varieties suited to your growing zone and those that tolerate cold temperatures (look for varieties labeled early short season or cool climate). Also, watch for plants that mature quickly to get an early harvest.

If you're new to gardening or your garden doesn't offer much space, try cultivars such as Tiny Tim or Gold Nugget that don't need support, producing sweet small tomatoes without much fuss. Both varieties produce golden-yellow fruits throughout the season without seeds for easy harvesting in cooler climates.

Once you've selected a variety, pot it uses well-draining multi-purpose compost in 9cm pots. Plant each plug between the first two true leaves and stem at the juncture, handling its root ball gently as you help it settle in its place. Place each pot in a warm sunny location while maintaining moist soil conditions for best results.

Regular, even watering of tomatoes is crucial to their healthy development and production and should be directed directly at their roots. Overwatering causes excess nitrogen absorption by the plant, leading to decreased flower and fruit set and potentially to wilted or cracked fruits. Uneven watering patterns may also result in blossom-end rot, which appears as dark leathery spots on ripened fruit bottoms.

If your plants become leggy, add 10-inch plant stakes as soon as they produce fruit. Tomatoes grown in containers should be supported with either a trellis or cage to provide proper support; alternatively, if you have access to a sunny deck or patio, you could move your tomatoes outside for warmer months and bring them back indoors before frost arrives for protection.

Always inspect your tomatoes regularly for insects or diseases that could eat away at them before they ripen, including pear-shaped aphids, mite webs, or flying insects that damage foliage. Spraying organic insecticidal soap as directed is one way to eliminate such pests.

Tomatoes often suffer from diseases like nematodes and Fusarium wilt, which can be mitigated by planting resistant varieties. Check seed catalogs or online for varieties tested for resistance; add mulch such as compost to preserve soil moisture levels while decreasing weed growth that competes for nutrients with your tomato plants. Avoid overfertilization which could force too much energy into leaves instead of fruit production.

How to grow Fantas co tomatoes

Fantas Co Tomatoes

Tomatoes need full sun and well-draining soil to flourish, so plant outdoors when all danger of frost has passed, and the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees Fahrenheit (F). If you live in a cooler climate, start seeds indoors before transplanting when large enough (see our Tomato Planting Calendar for suggested dates).

Tomatoes also thrive when grown in containers - try our top-selling heirloom variety Big Boy which produces high yields of delicious sandwich-size tomatoes that resist cracking while producing high yields of delicious sandwich-size sandwich tomatoes that crack resistant and firm up nicely when grown staking or caged to prevent stem breakages due to the weight of fruit ripening fruit on long indeterminate vines.

Before planting, incorporate organic matter such as compost or aged manure into the planting bed, and sprinkle a handful of bone meal into each hole when placing seedlings or transplants. Fertilizers high in nitrogen promote lush foliage while hindering flowering and fruit production.

Choose low-nitrogen organic or granular fertilizers like Espoma Tomato-Tone (4-7-10 or 3-4-6) instead for optimal plant nutrition.

Find a sunny spot in your garden to place tomato beds, and be sure that there are no other crops nearby; tomatoes compete for water and sunlight with other nightshade vegetables like peppers and eggplants, which may shade them and cause them to bolt (change from green to red before they're ripe) prematurely.

Utilize crop rotation techniques to protect the soil and avoid diseases spreading between years and excessive depletion of nutrients from it.

Before transplanting seedlings or purchased plants outdoors, gradually introduce them to outdoor conditions over a 1- to 2-week period by gradually increasing their exposure over a set period. This practice, known as hardening off, reduces transplant shock. When transplanting them in your garden, dig holes one inch deeper than their containers so their roots can expand while adhering to spacing guidelines set by each tomato variety.

After transplanting, mulch your tomato plants with 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch such as hay, straw, or pine bark to protect the moisture, prevent weeds and control soil temperature. A thin layer will do just fine.

Mulching also helps reduce water needs since its surface will help prevent soil from splashing onto plants when it rains. Be sure to replace the mulch every few weeks and fertilize every three or four weeks using either low-nitrogen or granular organic tomato fertilizers.

Tomatoes are sensitive to frost damage, so cover your plants with protective plastic sheeting or another covering material if temperatures fall below freezing. Row covers may also help deflect frost away from your garden for maximum protection.

candyland tomatoes

Candyland Red Tomatoes

Dark red currant-type tomatoes offer intense flavors, with each bite-sized piece packed full of strong tomato taste - ideal for snacking and salads! This AAS winner was the first currant-type variety to receive AAS recognition and will produce massive yields all summer.

Homeowner Growing Tips

Tomatoes require lots of sunlight, regular watering, and consistently rich soil to thrive. Tomatoes prefer loose soil that drains well, and that's been amended with organic material like compost or well-rotted manure, as this reduces frost damage risk. During cold temperatures, frost damage is especially vulnerable, so protecting the plants with row covers, cloches, or any other means is key when temperatures start dropping.

Start seeds indoors using a peat moss-based potting mix and sow them 6-8 weeks before your region's last spring frost date. When ready for transplanting outdoors, move seedlings once all risk of frost has passed and soil temperatures have stabilized.

Plant outside and space plants 2 to 4 feet apart, depending on their variety, in full sun. If your climate is especially warm, consider placing them in large containers or raised beds so they have enough space to thrive.

Choose a trellis or cage to support your tomato plants to help ensure they remain upright while protecting fruit from falling off when ripening and keeping foliage away from the ground where pests and diseases may hide more easily.

Trellising materials are available at most garden centers. You can create one yourself; for added strength or decorative flair, consider upcycling an old wooden pallet into a decorative trellis frame or building a teepee frame!

Another key tomato cultivation tip is to regularly remove suckers that appear during the season to stimulate increased fruit production. Suckers are small side shoots between tomato plants' stems and main branches and steal energy that could otherwise go toward leaves, flowers, and fruit formation. Aim to remove all suckers except one directly under your first flower cluster.

Big Boy, our best seller with its smooth-skinned

Large fruited slicers earned their name from their heavy harvest and delicious taste. Ripening slowly over a long season on indeterminate vines that need to be staked or caged, Big Boy offers gardens across the country an excellent option that won't crack easily.

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