Husky Cherry Red
- Sun: Full sun
- Harvest Size: 1 inch
- Days to Harvest: 65
- Plant Size: 3 to 4 feet
- Plant Type: Dwarf indeterminate
Husky Cherry Red tomato is probably the prettiest tomato plant that we grow. Different from most cherry tomato plants that grow tall and lanky, this one is tidy and compact, making it perfect for a pot. The fruit is sweet and delicious, too, with a touch of acidity for true tomato flavor. This indeterminate, but dwarf, plant bears fruit until the first fall frost.
Plant tomatoes in spring (after danger of frost is passed) through early summer. If you shop early, you may also keep the plants in a sunny windowsill for a week or two until the weather warms. If you plant early, protect plants from cold with a cover.
Disease resistance: VF. Plant spacing: 36 inches apart in conventional rows, 24 to 30 inches in intensive gardens. Plants per person: 2 to 5.
Secrets to Success »
Plant deeply so that two-thirds of the plant is buried, stem and all. It will sprout roots. Use a large pot, at least 5 gallons or 18 to 24 inches in diameter. Support the plants with a stake, trellis, or wire cage, even in a pot. Water regularly. Tomatoes need steady supply of moisture to produce good fruit. Fertilize throughout the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food, which is low in salts.
Water regularly. Tomatoes need steady watering to develop to full size and to prevent cracking and blossom end rot. To keep the soil moist, mix compost into planting holes, and mulch around the plants after the soil warms. Watering with a soaker hose is best to keep the foliage dry. Wet leaves encourage disease.
Harvest and Use »
Pick these little tomatoes when they are deep red. They keep their quality on the vine for a surprisingly long time, getting sweeter as the color darkens. Use them in snacks and salads, or just eat them in the garden as you can pick them.
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