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55 days. Always one of the first to ripen, Early Cherry's robust, full flavor is a good way to kick-off the fresh tomato season. The 1–1 ½ inch tomatoes ripen in sets, with about 5 orangey-red, oval-shaped tomatoes coming on at once. You can count on Early Cherry even in cold and adverse weather conditions. Determinate vines. F 1, V.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Trav S.
A fine little tomato

I have four plants of Early Cherry, three in pots and one in the ground. The pots do okay. They give me a tomato every three days or so. The in-ground plant out produces the other three. The determining factor where I live is wind. It isn't too hot or too cold; temps average in the high 70's to mid 80's. It's the wind every afternoon and evening that slows my plants down. I bought this variety because the description said "you can count on Early Cherry even in cold and adverse weather conditions". My Early Cherry plant is right in the middle of the garden, exposed to all the wind that comes through our yard. The only tomato that produced earlier was Red Velvet and Early Cherry has much larger fruit and more of them. They taste pretty good, a sight better than anything from the store and a nice balance of sugar to acid. I tend to pick them still a bit on the red-orange side and the taste is good. Only about six have even made it into the house, so I definitely like the flavor. Every once in a while, I miss one until it turns full red and those are especially good. Works in salad, too. Is it awesome? Well no, but it is good. The selling points were 1) early (I had tomatoes by mid-June), 2) produces even in adverse conditions and 3) tastes good. It checked all those boxes and I'll add I haven't seen any disease issues, either. It sprawls out a bit (=more fruit), unlike other determinate varieties (Manitoba, Taxi) which stay compact. I'll plant them again next year.

Gisela K.
Flat Tomato

Grew in raised gardenbed because of it's compact growth. It grew well, ripened early and well, but did not have good flavor. As you bite into this beautiful tomato you expect some happiness but instead the flesh was extremely mushy. Had my girlfriend taste it also, she did not like it either, too mushy!

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Soil Temp for Germ 70-90°F
Seed Depth 1/4"
Days to Emergence 6-14
Soil Temp for Transp 55°F
Plant Spacing See below
Row Spacing 3-4'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 280-320
Seed Life 3 years

Lycopersicon lycopersicum The first ripe, juicy tomato of summer is a delicious milestone of the season for gardeners. Each year we test and evaluate more than 250 tomato varieties to bring you the most flavorful, best performing selections, for every desired use. An array of nutrients and antioxidants including the especially potent lycopene, found in its highest concentration in tomatoes, supports healthy eyesight, cardiovascular health, cancer-fighting capacity, and more.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

Determinate tomatoes: grow compactly, sprawling laterally, usually do not require staking, and fruit ripens over a short period of time
Indeterminate tomatoes: grow on long vines, generally require pruning to 1 or 2 leaders that need to be trellised
• Fertile, well-drained raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatoes are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• To prevent blossom end rot use a high calcium amendment
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; up-pot into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Determinates can be spaced 18-24 inches apart, indeterminates 24-36 inches apart
• Tomatoes can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
Common diseases: Early and late blight
Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when fully ripe, do not refrigerate for best flavor
• Green fruit should be ripened in a cool, dark area; make sure fruit are not touching

• HR indicates high resistance.
• IR indicates intermediate resistance.
• Aal | Alternaria Stem Canker
• AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
• B | Bacterial Wilt
• F* | Fusarium Wilt
• FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
• L | Gray Leaf Spot
• LB* | Late Blight
• LM* | Leaf Mold
• N | Roundworm | Nematode
• PL | Corky Root Rot
• PST | Bacterial Speck
• RK | Root-Knot
• TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
• ToANV* | Tomato Apex Necrotic Virus
• ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
• TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
• TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
• V* | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers and letters indicate specific disease race.

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