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Tomato 'Chocolate Cherry' 4 Inch

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A darker skinned cherry tomato with complex flavors. This is a robust plant, so be sure to provide lots of support for all those tomato clusters!

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One of the most rewarding homegrown crops has to be tomatoes, but they can also try one's patience, especially when growing the big heirloom varieties. For those longing for the unbeatable taste of homegrown tomatoes, consider growing cherry tomatoes. 'Chocolate Cherry' is a vigorous, indeterminate plant that produces one-inch fruits in clusters of six to eight cherries around 70 days from transplanting.

When to plant? Many gardeners use Mother's Day as the start of the season, but it could be earlier, it could be later. If the temps drop after planting your tomatoes, consider wrapping the entire cage in plastic, use wall-of-water plant protectors, or if the starts are small enough, place a plastic gallon-sized milk jug with the bottom cut out over individual plants. 

Whenever you choose to plant your tomatoes, one rule of thumb is to plant the starts deep, leaving only two sets of leaves above ground, even if it means stripping off bottom leaves on a particularly leggy start, or actually laying it at an angle with just two sets of leaves above ground. All the little hairs along the stem will become roots, providing that much more water and nourishment to the plant. You'll also want to install your support, be it a cage, trellis, or some other structure, at the time of transplanting so the roots aren't damaged later on. 

Water tomatoes deeply and only when the soil is dry to encourage flower and fruit production. One trick to getting water down to the roots and not on the leaves is to cut the bottom off a 16-oz. to liter-size plastic bottle, throw away the cap, then partially bury the cap end of the bottle into the ground close to the tomato start. Angle it slightly so you can water into the bottle. 

 

Common Name Tomato Chocolate Cherry
Culinary Uses Fresh or cooked
Harvest Time About 70 days from transplanting
Mature Size Vines up to 6 feet and longer. 1" fruits form in clusters of 6-8
Growth Rate Moderate
Cold Hardiness Frost sensitive annual
Light Full sun to partial sun
Structure Indeterminate . Vines are 6' and longer. Put in support - cage, trellis, or stakes - at time of planting.
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