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Tomato, Small Fruiting Grown from Potted Plants

Bonnie PlantsTomato, Small Fruiting Grown from Potted Plants


Early Cascade VF - Named for the cluster of fruit early in the season, this indeterminate hybrid continues bearing clusters of up to nine small, tasty tomatoes throughout the season. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V) and fusarium wilt (F). Set transplants 24 to 36 inches apart.

Husky Cherry Red VF - One of the popular “Husky” series developed especially for home gardens. What makes this hybrid so great is that the vines are short and husky (4 feet), yielding lots of tasty fruit in a small space over a long period of time. Perfect for pots. In the garden, space 24 to 36 inches apart.

Many juicy, sweet cherry tomatoes are borne on vines resistant to verticillium wilt (V) and fusarium wilt (F). Can get by without staking.

Porter’s Dark Cherry VF - Heavy yields of dark pink, small egg-shaped cherry tomatoes, about 1 inch long, appear all season on indeterminate vines in spite of heat and low humidity. This hybrid has a complex, rich taste valued for canning, juicing, and eating fresh. Space 24 to 36 inches apart. Resistant to verticillium (V) and fusarium wilt (F).

San Francisco Fog Tomato - This heirloom produces clusters of round, smooth, red fruit about the size of golf balls. As you can guess from its name, this tomato is well adapted to cool, wet California coastal areas and wherever else cool weather may cause tomatoes not to set their fruit dependably. Produces prolifically in cool climates.

Sweet 100 VFN - A Tommy toe type hybrid tomato, Sweet 100 bears long, branched clusters of deliciously sweet tomatoes high in sugar and vitamin C. The indeterminate vines continue bearing until frost. They are perfect for snacking, salads, preserves, and juice. They are most flavorful if picked when completely ripe. Space 24 to 36 inches apart. Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and nematodes (N).

Yellow Pear Tomato - Long, indeterminate vines produce a seemingly endless supply of delightfully sweet, pear-shaped tomatoes all summer. The tiny tomatoes are borne in clusters. This is one of the prettiest tomatoes in the garden. Very prolific. Bears dependably through summer weather. Vines can grow 8 feet or longer, so give them a tall support or place to ramble. Space 24 to 36 inches apart.

Roma Grape (Juliet) FASt - Developed in 2003, Roma Grape is a relatively new grape-type hybrid tomato that produces clusters of 10 to 18 sweet fruit shaped like grapes. It is similar to Santa, a sweet grape tomato known by its popularity at the grocery store. Cupid fruit has a very high sugar content, is firm, and resists cracking so it keeps pretty well when there are just more tomatoes than you can possibly eat. Not as soft and juicy as cherry tomatoes, they hold up well in salads, even leftovers, and they have a longer shelf life so you can keep them on hand without picking every day. The vigorous vines set lots of fruit on long trusses and keep setting fruit thoughout the summer. Space transplants 24 inches apart. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F), alterneria stem canker (A), and gray leaf spot (St), and bacterial spec race 0.

Planting Tips

Prepare the ground by loosening the soil and adding 3 to 4 inches of compost or other organic matter. In pots, use a premium potting mix. Bury two-thirds of the plant; this increases the number of roots to make the plant stronger. Water well and mulch. Use a stake, cage, or trellis so the plant is supported and does not touch the ground.

Typesummer vegetable
Categoriesvegetable fruit or berry, warm season vegetable
LightFull Sun
Soilrich, well-drained with pH from 6.2 to 6.8
FertilizerFertilize with Bonnie's Vegetable and Herb Plant Food, an organically based soy formula used in Bonnie greenhouses to grow strong, vigorous transplants. You can also use a timed-release formula in the ground for basic feeding at planting time.
DiagnosisBlossom-end rot happens if the plant is water stressed or doesn't have enough calcium. This happens several ways. The plants get thirsty and wilt. The soil may lack calcium, or the soil may be pH too low and the calcium is bound to it. A soil pH of 6.5 to 6.8 will have more free calcium. Over-fertilizing can also make the plant grow too fast to take up the required calcium, or it can bind too much calcium to the soil. Avoid moisture stress on the plant. Tomatoes are also susceptible to several soil-borne diseases. Use a stake, cage, or trellis to keep tomatoes off the ground. Mulching helps prevent soil splashing onto the plant during rain, too.
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