“Bing” Cherry Tomato
The “Bing” cherry tomato is our sweetest red cherry tomato variety. Odds are you’ve never experienced anything like it from a grocery store. It can produce in excess of 100 cherry tomatoes during the Minnesota growing season. These cherry tomatoes are great for eating fresh off the vine, as snacks and a great talking point when you’re hosting friends and family for dinner. The tomatoes ripen to a deep red color and also have a very high sugar content bursting with flavor.
When to expect ripe fruit
Fruit may begin to ripen as early as late June depending on weather. Otherwise, expect ripening “Bing” Cherry Tomatoes from early-mid July all the way up to first frost in the fall.
The “Bing” cherry tomato plant is an indeterminate/vining plant which means it produces a main stem and will send out alternating lateral branches. The main stem could exceed 5-6’ by the first frost in Minnesota. This is a vigorously growing plant. It will be a consistent and reliant performer as long as it’s watered frequently. Fruit clusters average 7-8 tomatoes per cluster. Cherry tomatoes average 1-2” in diameter.
Basic care information for “Bing” Cherry Tomato plants
Thoroughly saturate the grow bag with water in the morning before the heat of the day arrives. If daytime highs are consistently above 70F, your plant will need to be watered daily. If below 70F, check the grow bag frequently by using the finger method described on the bag tag. Apply water to the base of the plant and avoid splashing water onto any part of the leaves.
Stake or brace your “Bing” Cherry Tomato plant before it begins to set fruit. Strong winds (or gravity!) may damage the plant due to the weight of the tomatoes if not braced or securely staked.
Apply supplemental fertilizer after the first round of cherry tomatoes are harvested. Any balanced fertilizers labelled for fruits and vegetables will be sufficient.
Easily move the grow bag indoors if there’s a threat of frost or freezing temperatures overnight. Mature (but not ripened) fruits may be harvested and ripened inside.
Check out MEG’s Knowledge Base for new cherry plant owners for more information on cherry tomato plants.