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How To Grow Cherry Tomatoes In Desert Climates

Updated on January 9, 2015
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Gardening is my second passion. I love to watch seed turn to living plant and flower evolve into an edible thing. Spring enchants me.

Cherry Tomatoes Vs. Southern Nevada Summers

Desert climates are not ideal conditions for growing anything but sunburns and sweat pools, but I have found that cherry tomatoes thrive during our growing season. I know that the minute the temperatures here in the deserts of Southern Nevada reach over 100, my tomato plants are done for. This is a fact I have learned to live with in the years I have kept a garden.

Below you will find my tips on growing these delightful tomato treasures and tips on fighting back the impending doom of the plant.

Our spring is late February to early June. We must take great care here to protect tender plants from serious sun exposure and hot, dry air. Plants must be watered frequently or they will suffer terribly. As soon as the weather turns hateful and impacts these plants, it is time to trim them back or uproot them completely and plan for fall plantings.

Our Fall temperatures are late August on into the beginning for November for most years.

Gardening in containers suits my purposes quite well as I live in a tiny apartment in the city. It is here on my patio that I grow my cherry tomatoes. These plants bush out and produce amazing clumps of tiny tomatoes while it is still cool. They will keep flowering and producing until the summer scares them away. For this small garden, cherry tomatoes are the ideal sized "maters". Without a large family to provide for -- a few tomato nuggets a week are perfect .

With container grown veggies like these cherry tomatoes I can restrict sun exposure when the time comes and try to keep them growing a little longer. I just shift them to a shadier spot. They will fade away by the middle of July so I start or buy new plants about this time. I keep them shaded until the temperatures and sun exposure are a little more comfortable.

Keeping water flowing to the roots and soil crumbly will allow a plant like a cherry tomato to do well in this region.

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Diagram For Planting Containers To Retain Moisture - Layering Soil In Pots With Vermiculite And Peat Moss

container planting diagram - layering pot with gravel, sand, vermiculite, peat moss, and garden soil.
container planting diagram - layering pot with gravel, sand, vermiculite, peat moss, and garden soil.

Planting cherry tomatoes in containers for desert climates need a bit of extra help to retain moisture for tender roots. I have to have a really great soil mixture to maintain a healthy, producing plant.

By lining a pot correctly with layers of gravel, sand, vermiculite, and extra peat moss I can then fill my container up with rich gardening soil - a mixture of compost, peat moss, sharp sand, and rich loam. I leave a well in the pot for planting the cherry tomato as you will see in the next image. Adding these additional materials helps water drain and flow creating a healthy environment for delicate root systems. Without it the soil will pack down and restrict growth.

Vermiculite and peat moss will be added to my plantings this year when I change over the soil for the next season. Vermiculite retains water so that thirsty roots can access it when the soils get a little dry in between watering. The peat moss adds extra rich nutrients and also retains moisture. They also help aerate the soil preventing soil from hardening. Every now and then you will need to poke down into the dirt and create air holes. Do this carefully not to disturb roots. Stir up the top level of soil and add more if needed.

This layering technique may also be used in a ground planted garden. You will have to dig troughs to layer these materials in a similar fashion. I would recommend digging down at least 14" into your garden bed to place these materials. Once this layering is placed you may transplant your seedlings or starter plants. Mulch after planting for additional moisture retention.

When you are ready to add the gardening soil I would suggest you mix it with water ahead of time in a separate container. Then add it to your pot. It should have the same consistency as a thick cake batter.

For container garden plantings leave at least 4" at the top of the pot for water to pool and let the soil soak it in. Soil drying out and caking are a common problem with growing in pots.

Prepping Containers For Transplanting

Prepping Containers For Transplanting
Prepping Containers For Transplanting

Ideal Containers For Gardeing

An ideal pot or container for gardening in desert climates are plastic. I would not recommend them in areas that are very humid as they tend to retain moisture and cause molds and mildew. Clay or ceramic would be a better choice. The larger plastic pots are perfect for my cherry tomato plants however they may be grown in window boxes or 5 gallon buckets, too. I would not use metal containers here either because it will literally cook the plant during the hotter months. You can fry eggs here during summer on sidewalks, imagine what that heat would do to a root system!

If you choose pots that have a catch basin under them you can prevent water run off. The pots listed below are all self watering, but you will still need to check soil moisture level to maintain plant health.

Transplanting Your Tomato Plant

From Starter Plantings

Carefully remove starter plant or seedling from its container. You will need to gently coax the roots out of most starter pots.

This is crucial to a plant's healthy start.

If you damage the roots in the beginning they may react badly and not do well. Lifting the plant out from its base, work the starter pot away from roots that may have grown through the drainage holes. For peat pots, gingerly work the bottom off of the pot being careful not to damage the roots and break the sides off of these bio-degradable containers. The pieces may be left in the container to decompose.

From here work your fingers into the root ball and tenderly spread them out a little. Shake some of the excess soil out and set it in the pit you dug for the transplant.

Plant Set In Container

Plant Set In Container
Plant Set In Container

My Best Tip For Planting Tomatoes?

By setting a tomato plant into the soil above the third tier of leaves, the roots will branch out from this section and build a stronger base for the plant.

Tomato plants need a firm stalk to support the coming fruits. Trim the leaves off if you like or leave them for compost. This is a common technique for growing tomatoes.

When the tomatoes start to set they will get top heavy and fall over if this practice is not applied.

Cover And Level The Plant With Soil

Cover And Level The Plant With Soil
Cover And Level The Plant With Soil

The Importance Of Tomato Cages - Support Growth And Heavy Branches

It is imperative you support tomatoes early with tomato cages, dowels, or stakes. Placing cages and support structures while the plant is still young gives it an opportunity to grow around the structure and allows you to guide its progress. When the tomatoes start growing the branches will weigh down the plant and cause it to lean or even break off weak branches. The vines will lean on the wired structure of the cage.

This spindly tomato plant is still alive and in the shade of my garden but has not produced any tomatoes. It came free with my pepper plants. I think it wants to be a tree! I will move it to a sunnier location when the weather cools down!

The plant in the background is my cherry tomato for 2013 spring planting and it has produced many lovely cherry sized tomatoes that were sweet and delicious. The guinea pigs and I thoroughly enjoyed our harvest about three times a week while it produced! It is the main plant featured in this article's images.

Tomato Cages - Support Structures For Tomato Plants

Plain or fancy tomato cages are irrelevant to your plant so chose the options that would work best in your planting area. Gardens for producing edible veggies can be ornate and attractive if you can work a few decorated supports into the scheme!

Tomato plant - cage and blossoms
Tomato plant - cage and blossoms

Water And Let Drain

Hydrate Your Plant

When you have set the soil around your plant water it generously and let it drain before you water again.

I would check the soil the next morning and if it is dry under the top 4" to 6" of dirt, it would be time to water again. They will take off from here and blossom within a few days to a week. They will wilt, too, if they are needing to be watered. Wilting is common in full sun when it gets hotter here in the desert. They may be conserving water in their roots during the day. I would give them a splash in late afternoon if the soil is dried out after the sun passes over them.

You should be seeing tomatoes around the 6 week mark.

Watering The Garden - Sprinkler Cans

I prefer to use a sprinkler fitted watering can when watering the garden and am hydrating plants. During the early mornings or late evenings, a sprinkler can may be used to toss a few drops of water onto the leaves to help the plant cool off. After watering I mist them for added moisture. NOTE: Do not do this if plant will be in direct sunlight. It will burn your leaves. They deliver a gentle stream to each plant and it is easy to soak the soil this way. I have a one gallon watering can but I am thinking about buying a bigger one to hold more water. The gallon sized can is light enough to carry from my sink to my patio without spills and it easily waters one large container or several small ones.

For additional ideas for watering you might consider setting up a drip irrigation system.

A watering can is ideal for delivering fertilizer when needed. The fertilizer can be mixed in the amounts you need and fed directly to the plant. I fertilize after I water so it doesn't wash out of the soil quickly.

The Young Cherry Tomatoes 2013

The Young Cherry Tomatoes 2013
The Young Cherry Tomatoes 2013

Ripening Cherry Tomatoes

Ripening Cherry Tomatoes
Ripening Cherry Tomatoes

My Tomato Monster Plant 2013

My Tomato Monster Plant 2013
My Tomato Monster Plant 2013

Time To Harvest!

Time To Harvest!
Time To Harvest!

It is possible to grow cherry tomatoes in desert climates as you see in the article above. The only way to win the fight against this brutal weather changes is to know ahead of time when the best times for planting are.

Leaving a few tomatoes on the vines to produce seeds will give you your own heirloom seeds. If you have a plant that has produced a healthy item resist the temptation to pick all of the produce. I left a few toms behind this year and I am letting them dry out on the plant until they shrivel. They will be removed in time and the seeds will be collected. These seeds can be used to start new plants in time.

The plant may be cut and dug out of the container or ground when it starts to fade because it will not produce again. If you have green leaves at the bottom of the main stalk, leave it in the ground. It may surprise you and start growing again, but it is doubtful. Tomatoes are annuals and generally produce for one season only.

I wish you the best of luck on your cherry - cheery tomatoes and thank you for visiting today!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @MBurgess: Glad to know misting works there. I always wanted to try it.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @ecogranny: I will be adding that feature to the new garden I am creating in a home I will be moving to soon. Misting systems are wonderful! We have them on outdoor patios here and I just love them. Thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate your visit, very much. =)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      This is by far one of the best lenses I've seen in ages and ages. Thank you so much for organizing so well and writing with such clarity. I did live in a similar desert clime for some years, and one trick I discovered in the yard of an acquaintance, but did not get an opportunity to implement in my yard, was a misting system.

      They had set up an attractive system that misted their back yard on very hot days, effectively lowering the temperature a full ten degrees. It was amazing to walk into the back yard on a scorching day and feel the relief.

      I have no idea whether such a system might work in your garden, and increase your tomato growing season, but my son-in-law has erected a similar system on their sunny, west-facing deck, and it likewise cools the deck area and makes for enjoyable summer afternoons with the family.

      In both cases, the mist evaporates almost instantly, which means people, pets and furniture never get wet. Only the air is cooled. Of course, if we walk directly into the path of the mist at its origin, we can feel a delightful bit of cooling moisture on our skin before it evaporates.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @weakbond: Thanks for your visit!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 3 years ago from Johanesburg

      NIce lens and great gardening tips

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @DebMartin: Thanks, Deb! Appreciate your comment =)

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Great tomato-growing advice for any climate conditions. Well done!

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @BlowDryBar: Cali weather is wonderful - most of the time. =) Thank you for stopping in and sharing your comments!

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      BlowDryBar 3 years ago

      We grow tomatoes in Southern California and my daughter loves to eat the little cherry tomatoes straight off the vine.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @steadytracker lm: You are welcome, steadytracker! You can garden again in Phoenix. Apply a few water preserving methods and stay on the watering schedules your plants need and they will produce for you... Thank you for the note and visit!

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      buynicer 3 years ago

      a great lens!thanks for sharing your experiement!

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      steadytracker lm 3 years ago

      I grew up in Florida and there were gardens and tomatoes everywhere. But after I moved tot the Phoenix desert, I began to miss seeing lush gardens. Thank you for sharing this great lens.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @buynicer: Thank you! Try it out - I bet you get hooked on gardening, too! =)

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @justinespeaks13: Thank you! =)

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      justinespeaks13 3 years ago

      Congrats!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Really good information on planting, growing and protecting tomato plants. I especially like that you're in my area, so these tips really hit home!

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      soaringsis 3 years ago

      Congratulations on your LoTD award. Thanks for sharing the helpful tips.

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      Scott A McCray 3 years ago

      Outstanding lens! A well-deserved Purple Star and LotD - Congratulations!

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      writethings 3 years ago

      well done.. congrats for amazon gift card.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I love eating cherry (and grape) tomatoes just like chips or candy. I really should have grown some of my own on my deck this spring but didn't.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @LeslieMirror: That's the best produce in the world! =)

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @creativecreditcooperativesociety: Thank you!

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @rubiduong: Thank you!

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      creativecreditcooperativesociety 3 years ago

      I never thought that this would have been possible, great to see

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @wyzeguru: You are welcome! Thank you for your visit today!

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @KateFeredayEshete: We had a hailstorm when I was a little girl and mom had just planted here tomatoes. We covered them with milk jug tops and managed to save most of the plants. I can't imagine being in an area that never heard of tomatoes! You have a lot to show these people!

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @anonymous: Thank you! I appreciate your comment =)

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      rudyhiebert 3 years ago

      Growing nutritious cherry toms means that the soil needs to be nutritious as well. I use liquid organic concentrate fertilizer which beats any chemical fertilizer. Chemical fertilizer kills the organisms that facilitate growth.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @vegasgeorge: Thank you, vegasgeorge! I really appreciate your visit and comment here! Have a great day! =)

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      vegasgeorge 3 years ago

      Really nice lens! I particularly like the soil layering advice and the ideas about keeping the plants up with tomato cages.

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I live in a area where tomatoes grow well. I didn't plant any cherry tomatoes this year though.

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      natureadventure 3 years ago

      great lens. I want to grow the tomatoes the organic the lens is great to get idea and congrats on LoTD

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      jura 3 years ago

      Very interesting lens I like it.

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I don't live in a dessert climate but would love to start growing tomatoes.

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      Bill 3 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Great Lens! Cherry tomatoes are what I find easiest to grow here, they just pop up out of my compost when they are ready to grow all the time! I have some tomatoes going nuts at the moment actually in my bathtub gardens. Congrats on LOTD. Well done! :-)

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @JHarbourn: It is really tough not to try to eat them all and save some for later. I think they make the best starter plants. Thank you for your visit and comments!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great guide and I love the photos you have managed to take. Great stuff!

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      Great information. I had cherry tomatoes for dinner tonight! Congratulations on LotD!

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      rudyhiebert 3 years ago

      This one inspiring piece on one of my favorite garden crops. It goes without saying that it comes with its challenges. I've come to learn that soil enhancement is one thing that is overlooked the most, and I'm just as guilty as anyone. The reason I'm "hell-bent-for-leather" on fertilizers for tomatoes is that I've come across a liquid organic concentrate fish and kelp extract, AGgrand, which I've enjoyed seeing the results like no other chemical fertilizer. I must admit that is has a beach like smell but I remind my wife that - "That's dollars you're smelling".

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      jvcronje 3 years ago

      Well constructed lens. Clearly you speak from experience! We have cultivated tomatoes for many years and have had many successes. It is very rewarding and can be recommended!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love tomatoes, but my garden doesn't have enough sunlight to grow them...a friend brought me tomatoes today, he has an abundance this year

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      Excellent advice and very tasty lens!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I remember this lens posted in g community and i even commented there and now it is on LOTD, congrats a lot.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      This is the second time I've visited here. Good information. Congrats on Lotd also.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Congratulations on receiving the LOTD. We've been talking about growing tomatoes in containers for a while. This is very helpful.

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      Torrs13 3 years ago

      This was a very informative lens! I live in Arizona and it seems like a lot of people in Phoenix don't have gardens because it can be difficult to keep things alive. In contrast, my grandparents live in Iowa and their garden is flourishing. It's good to have these tips so that I can one day plant my own garden and have proof that the plants can survive when treated properly.

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      seedplanter 3 years ago

      FABULOUS lens! I've been loving our tomatoes this year, and the cherry tomatoes are so sweet and juicy. A neighbor gave us a bagful of orange-colored cherry tomatoes, too. Not sure what they're called, but they are sweet! Thanks for such a well-researched lens.

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      JaspinderKaur 3 years ago

      pics are very nice.

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      aaronwrightsgood 3 years ago

      Thank you for the helpful lens! I'll be forwarding this onto some relatives -- afraid I don't have much of a green thumb :)

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      ratetea 3 years ago

      I can get a sense of what gardening in an area like this might be like, from one summer where we had an exceptional drought. At the time I was living in Southern MD, and we had only one big rain all summer long...the trees dried up and lost their leaves by August that year. I tried to garden that summer, in containers, but it was a challenge and I lost all but a few drought-tolerant herbs.

      One thing I don't see you mention here, but am curious about, is covering or partly shading the tomatoes to protect them from drying out. On the east coast, where it's moist, tomatoes are more limited by sunlight, but in your area I'd imagine they're more limited by water. Could you perhaps get better growth and reduce the need to water / irrigate, by putting them in a cooler, shadier area? I see tomatoes growing even in part shade and thriving, here in PA, and we get far less sun than you do in Nevada, so I'd imagine less light could actually help them grow by reducing their water needs. Also I've noticed that in dry conditions, tomatoes get a very tough skin.

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      rakesarm 3 years ago

      This is somehow very similar my wife is doing. Last year we had many tomatoes in the garden. I can strongly say that the taste of home grown tomatoes are so tastier than the ones I brought from the market. And the homegrown tomatoes last long and I don't have to keep inside the fridge, Great tips mate, I will show this to my wife and may she will do even better this year.

      Thanks and Cheers

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      Glenn McCarthy 3 years ago

      I best they taste fantastic. Well done an an interesting lens.

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      onestanza 3 years ago

      I find this lens very useful for me! Thank you!

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I think if you have the will it is possible to grow things in just about any conditions. For example they grow Wheat in the Saudi Arabian deserts!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Thank you for this great article i am gonna bookmark this page and come back for more related to this

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      Kate Fereday Eshete 3 years ago from Ethiopia

      Thanks for a very interesting and inspiring lens, RiaB. I must dig out my tomato seeds and get going. I live in Ethiopia and so can grow tomatoes almost all year round, although they need protection in July and August from damage from heavy rain and hail. When I get round to it, I grow nice plump tomatoes, cherry tomato seeds not being available here. Having said that, 13 years ago I was walking in the remote Takeze area and came upon a row of cherry tomato plants growing along the edge of the footpath - the seeds must have been carried there by birds. When I ate the tomatoes, a local man was horrified and rushed to stop me, believing them to be poisonous! He did not know what a tomato was. I was the first white person he had ever seen too. That must have been a memorable day for him.

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      wyzeguru 3 years ago

      Thanks for this information and guide, I do think small cherry tomatoes have loads more taste and flavor compared to the larger varieties.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @AntonioM23: You are welcome! Thanks for the visit!

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      AntonioM23 3 years ago

      Great lens with great content,Really enjoyed-Thanks

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      JHarbourn 3 years ago

      Cherry Tomatoes are one of the best summer treats, in my opinion! I used to devour them when I visited my grandma when I was younger. I would love to try my hand at growing my own someday :)

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      rubiduong 3 years ago

      it really useful, thanks for share

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @ashan1998: Thank you! =)

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      LeslieMirror 3 years ago

      Wow! Gardening is great. It is so pleasant to eat something that you've planted by yourself.

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      ashan1998 3 years ago

      Wow I really like it

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @JaspinderKaur: Thank you!

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      JaspinderKaur 3 years ago

      good idea!i love gardening,but i never ever ripe cherry tomatoes.great lens

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @EzLoanLookUp LM: I don't know what to tell you about that issue other than chicken wire and a cat patrol guardian! Thanks for the comment and visit! =)

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      EzLoanLookUp LM 3 years ago

      Great lens! now if only there were a way to keep the squirrels from getting to my tomatoes!

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @acreativethinker: Thank you for your visit! =)

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      This is such a lovely lens with lost of great photos. I love growing cherry tomatoes. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Mamabyrd: Thanks for droppin' in Mamabyrd! Glad to help =)

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      Mamabyrd 3 years ago

      Ria I really wish I had read your lens in the springtime. We planted a large garden for the first time this year. Unfortunately, My tomato plants grew too tall!! They are producing very little tomatoes and falling over. I pinned your lens! Thank you for the information. I will definitely be ready next year.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @anonymous: You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by today -- you are so very right - they do taste So much better... =)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Wow. I love cherry tomatoes. I could not believe the difference in taste between one you grow yourself, and the ones you get in the shop. Even if they are 'biological'. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Judy Filarecki: It takes a few failures to get one to succeed. Good luck, Judy, let me know how this works out for you! Appreciate your visit and comments!

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I live in the desert south west and northern NY where we had way too rain this May and June. I'm going to try your suggestions for out west and see how I do. Here is the east, it is easier to go to the farmer's markets and get fresh veggies. Right now I have $25 worth plants with only one that has succeeded in giving me any tomatoes.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @atsad141: A lot of people shy away from gardening because they think it won't work for them. All I can tell you is start with one plant and I promise you will branch out into others. Cherry tomatoes are pretty tolerant of the weather and the caretaker! =) Thank for the visit!

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      atsad141 3 years ago

      this lens make me to take a new decision for gardening... Very very nice lens.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @garagerob: Thank you for the visit! =)

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      garagerob 3 years ago

      Great lens. You did a fantastic work here. Thanks for sharing.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @socialcx1: They are a great veggie to grow anywhere. I know they like cooler weather which doesn't happen for us often. Thanks for your comment and visit, Snappysnapper! =)

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      socialcx1 3 years ago

      I live in New Zealand And grow beautiful tomatoes here.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @sbconcepts: I have grown them in north and south facing areas. This particular plant is on the north side. The light here is around 4-5 hours of direct sun and the rest is diffused lighting. In most great garden areas, full sun is not a problem, but the desert sun is killer. Check back and I will post some additional tips. I have a bit more information coming in when its time for the fall garden. Now would be a great time to get that set up. Thanks for dropping by, tordon! =)

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      sbconcepts 3 years ago

      Great lens! We just recently moved from the south where growing tomatoes is a breeze to AZ where I was afraid to plant them. Thanks for the tips maybe next spring I will rethink it!

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @marktplaatsshop: Thank you! =)

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      marktplaatsshop 3 years ago

      Congratulations on your Purple Star, it is well deserved a great lens, thanks for sharing

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @bluelily lm: Plants have an energy that is soothing. Thank you for your visit and comment!

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      bluelily lm 3 years ago

      During winter season I visit my uncle's farm on holidays and seeing sugarcane, tomatoes and chili fruits gives me immense joy and pleasure that is beyond expression. I feel so much close to the nature and wonder about mother nature's abundance.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @katiecolette: You are lucky enough to be in an area that is mild. They will do well there. I should have mentioned topping them also. I hate cutting a growing plant but you have to stunt the growth somewhat so the bottom bushes out. When the third tier starts to bud again top it off. Then do it once more. I did not do that with the plant I had this spring and it got a bit leggy. Thank you for stopping in Irina! =)

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      katiecolette 3 years ago

      My cherry tomatoes are only starting to bloom. I should have planted them a little earlier, but I am still hoping for a nice harvest. I will try to remember your tip about "setting a tomato plant into the soil above the third tier of leaves," as my tomato plants are growing a little out of control, trying to reach for the Sun.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @mina009: Thanks mina009! They are delicious. =)

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      mina009 3 years ago

      I love cherry tomatoes! Great lens!

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