Mini Tomato Gardening Yields Big Flavor

Good things do come in small packages, especially when talking about miniature tomatoes. These gems may be small in size, but they’re big on flavor.

When I planted my crop of mini tomatoes in May, I was looking forward to harvesting a big batch of small fruits in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.

Now I’m enjoying the fruits of my spring-time efforts.

Every year I plant a number of small tomatoes in containers on my patio, mostly as insurance against elements that seem to conspire against abundant tomato gardening and harvests in my climate. Many summers it’s either too cool or too hot. There may be too little precipitation or there’s too much hail.

Planting a nice selection of tomatoes helps ensure I’ll have some kind of crop by the end of the season. While the rest of my heirloom and other larger tomatoes are still growing, I’m enjoying the superior flavor of these littler ones.

I planted (from left to right in the image above) Sungold, Tomaccio, Sweet Treats and Yellow Pear. I also planted Super Sweet 100, but none were available for the photo. Sometimes these snack-size treats don’t make it as far as the kitchen.

Besides eating them right off the vine, I use these cheery, cherry tomatoes for all kinds of salads…and for just about everything else, too.

Even though these tomatoes are small in size, they grow on full-size plants that need good-size vertical supports to keep them upright.

In an unusual display of plant friendship, the Sungold tomato vine took off and supported itself with help from the rose arbor.

Now it’s hard to see where the tomato vine stops and the rose canes starts. In fact, it looks a little like my climbing rose is growing bright orange cherry tomatoes.


 

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I am seeking a cherry tomatoe named LYLIA LERISETTE,it was probably a mineature cherry, the taste was superb Heres hoping it still exists, many thanks

Thanks for posting your question on WesternGardeners.com. I did a quick Google search looking for the tomato you mentioned, and I think it’s called ‘Lylia Cerisette’.

You might be able to find these seeds if you search using that name. I found a catalog in the UK that carries them
http://www.organiccatalogue.com, but you might be able to find something in the US…or something similar.

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