Continuing the series on hardy vegetables that we should all be growing in our warm climate gardens, this issue Arno King investigates the humble Cherry Tomato.
Everyone is familiar with the Cherry Tomato – we see it in packs at the
grocers and supermarkets, it sometimes appears all on its own in the garden, and if we are sensible we have a few plants growing in our vegetable gardens. A well grown plant will provide the gardener with more fruit than they can ever eat. But do not worry, these tomatoes make great sauces, preserves or can be given away to grateful friends.
Unlike the standard tomato, which judging by the questions on radio talkback and in gardening magazines must be one of the hardest vegetables to grow well, the Cherry Tomato is fairly undemanding. It is a great vegetable (scientifically a fruit, legally a vegetable) to grow if you are new to gardening.
Cherry Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum var. cerasiforme syn. Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme) is a variety of the common Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum syn. Solanum lycopersicum). The other popularly grown species is the Currant Tomato (Lycopersicon pimpellifolium syn. Solanum pimpellifolium). This last
species has tiny acid fruit in attractive bunches.