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Black Cherry Tomato, Top Ten List, super productive on vigorous vines, hard to find seeds


At the top of most everyone's Top Ten Tomatoes List is 'Black Cherry'. It's a special heirloom (not just any cherry that's black-ish). The zippy flavor is spectacular, it produces loads of fruit without fuss, and it starts early in the season.

If you only have room for one tomato, plant 'Black Cherry'. The fruits have that rich, complex flavor usually found in large black tomatoes, and they ripen early in the season or plant a quick crop in fall.. Enjoy that smoky tomato taste while you're still harvesting snow peas (or raking up autumn leaves).

Large vigorous plants produce fat clusters of 1" deep purple cherry tomatoes. Plants are disease resistant, easygoing, and generous throughout the season. 64 days. Indeterminate.


Thoroughly moisten your seed-starting mix, and then fill your pots/containers to within 1/2" of the top.

Place two or three seeds into each small container or each cell of a seed starter. Cover the seed with about 1/4" of soil.

Water to ensure good seed-to-mix contact. You can use a plant mister or just dribble a stream of water over the top. You don't need to soak the soil, just moisten the top layer.
(You don't want to heavily water and "push" seeds to deep that they can't germinate.)

Keep the mix moist but not soaking wet. Lay some plastic kitchen wrap and a rubber band over pots to keep in heat and moisture.

Place the pots in a warm, sunny spot or on top of a heat mat. (Seeds won't germinate until the soil itself is 75-80 degrees.)

Check pots daily. As soon as you see sprouts, remove the covering and place the pots in a sunny window or under grow lights, keeping the lights just an inch or two above the tops of the plants.

15 seeds

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