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Cherry Tomatoes

In this Plant Profile, get specific details, including the characteristics and best uses of Cherry Tomatoes , one of our Plant Profiles featured in our Tomato Collection.

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Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are versatile and even come in different colors—with red, orange, yellow, and purple varieties, for example. Sweet and tangy, Cherry tomatoes can be cooked, grilled, sauced, and dried, or and even just popped in your mouth to eat as a raw snack. The question always comes up about what is the difference between Cherry tomatoes and Grape tomatoes. While both small, Cherry tomatoes are nearly perfectly round. Grape tomatoes are smaller and more oblong in shape. Typically, Cherry tomatoes are twice the size of Grape tomatoes and are great for skewers and kabobs. Grape tomatoes are just too small for skewers (they’ll fall apart).

Sun Exposure

  • Full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 6.8
  • fertile, well-drained

Hardiness Zones

  • 2 to 11


  • plant 3 to 5 feet apart for optimal growth and air circulation


  • Water 1-2 inches per week
  • Consistent moisture keeps fruit from cracking and encourages deep roots


  • Round and small in size
  • Tender and snappy
  • Medium skin
  • Sweet, juicy, and crisp
  • Great for salads, stuffing with cheeses and herbs, sauces, grilling, skewers and kabobs, and plain snacking!

Do you grow cherry tomatoes? If so, please tell us your top tips for ensuring a delicious harvest.


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