Porter Improved

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Harvest Size: 2 ounces
  • Days to Harvest: 74 to 78 days
  • Plant Size: 5 to 8 feet
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate

Cherry tomatoes are no-mess, bite-sized packages of summer flavor. Porter Improved cherry tomato hails from the high heat of Texas. The glossy, dark pink skin protects the rich, complex flavor of these inch-long, egg-shaped fruit that taste great for snacks and salads, as well as for canning or juice. The moderate disease resistance of this indeterminate vine means the supply doesn’t stop until 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.

Plant spacing: 36 inches apart in conventional rows, 24 to 30 inches in intensive gardens. Plants per person: 2 to 3.

Secrets to Success »

Plant deeply so that two-thirds of the plant is buried, stem and all. It will sprout roots. This makes the plant stronger. 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 good for your soil.

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. Use them in snacks and salads, or just eat them in the garden as you can pick them. If birds are getting them before you do, pick them a day or two early to ripe spread into a single layer on a platter or tray on your kitchen counter.

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  • Parsley, rosemary, and oregano for Continental cuisine.
  • Chocolate Cherry, Sun Sugar, and Yellow Pear for a brightly colored mix of cherry tomatoes.
  • Bush Early Girl (determinate) or Early Girl (indeterminate) for early harvest
  • Roma for cooking and thick sauces.
  • Bush Goliath, Homestead, Mountain Pride, or Patio for medium-sized tomatoes on determinate vines suited to small spaces or containers.
  • Big Beef, Goliath, Park's Whopper, Cherokee Purple or Red Beefsteak (indeterminate types) for sandwich-sized tomatoes.
  • BHN 602, Amelia,, or Talladega for disease resistance in the Deep South where spotted wilt virus is troublesome.

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