Cherry tomatoes are perfect for salads and roasting, or just picking straight off the plant as a snack. They come in a range of colours, including yellow, orange and purple-black, making them an attractive addition to dishes. Plum-shaped varieties are also available.
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Cherry tomatoes are suitable for growing in a greenhouse, or outside. As cherry tomatoes tend to ripen quicker than salad varieties or beefsteaks, they’re less prone to tomato blight, which can hit in warm damp weather in summer.
Here are five cherry tomatoes and cherry plum tomatoes to grow.
Tomato ‘Gardener’s Delight’
Gardener’s Delight has been delighting gardeners for years – this reliable, prolific favourite produces a bumper crop of large, tasty fruits.
Tomato ‘Tumbling Tom Red’
This compact bush variety has a naturally trailing habit, making it ideal for hanging baskets and window boxes. It produces lots of sweet, tasty fruits. Discover how to make a tomato hanging basket.
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Tomato ‘Tumbling Tiger’
British-bred tomato ‘Tumbling Tiger’ bears masses of striped, tasty plum-shaped fruits. It’s a bush variety that will trail gently over the side of a pot or hanging basket.
Tomato ‘Black Cherry’
Tomato ‘Black Cherry’ is an unusual variety – the fruits have purple-black skin and dark red flesh. They have a delicious, intense flavour. A vigorous grower.
Tomato ‘Golden Cherry’
Tomato ‘Golden Cherry’ has attractive, yellow-orange fruits that are said to be even sweeter and tastier than those of ‘Sungold’.
Looking for tomato ‘Rosada’? This popular cherry plum tomato is now hard to find in the UK but some suppliers may still be stocking it. If you can’t find it, try ‘Santonio’, a new F1 variety, instead.