Tomato - Small Fruit

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Shimmer - Gorgeous green/gold/burgundy fruits!  The gorgeous green/gold/burgundy fruits of Shimmer are sure to inspire everyone’s inner foodie. These are absolute beauties with a sweet taste and fantastic disease resistance. Disease Tolerance: Bacterial Speck, Bacterial Spot, Fusarium 1-3, Nematode, Tomato Mosaic Virus, Stemphylium Leaf Spot, Verticillium Race 2

Husky Cherry Red - This super sweet cherry tomato is a best seller because of its flavour, productivity, and good looks. If you like to snack on cherry tomatoes, this is a great choice. One of the popular “Husky” series developed especially for home gardens, the plant is stout, dark green and really pretty; it’s one of the prettiest tomato plants that we grow. The vines are dwarf indeterminate, making them short and husky like a determinate type, usually between 3 and 4 feet, yielding clusters of tasty little cherry tomatoes in a small space over a long period of time. Perfect for pots, too. The dwarf vines stay neat and compact, but give the plant a little support on a stake or cage to keep it upright in rain and wind.  Many juicy, sweet cherry tomatoes are borne on vines resistant to verticillium wilt (V) and fusarium wilt (F).

Sweet 100 - This garden favorite bears 100 or more small, sweet red tomatoes in clusters on long branches.  Bursting with sugary flavor, Sweet 100s produce scarlet, cherry-sized fruits in long clusters right up to frost. You’ll definitely want to stake or cage these vigorous climbers to keep the fruit off the ground and avoid pests and diseases. These tomatoes need at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water per week and prefer six hours or more of direct sun each day.

Sugary (F1) Early maturing plant produces heavy yields of 1 to 2 oz glossy reddish-pink grape tomatoes. They are very sweet and flavorful. Perfect for salads and snacks. Grows in clusters of 15 to 20, like grapes.

Yellow Pear - A favourite of heirloom tomato gardeners for decades.  Looking for the perfect Summer party hors d'oeuvres? You've found it with Yellow Pear! This variety makes a vigorous plant, which bears enormous numbers of bright yellow, bit-sized fruit that has a deliciously tangy flavor.

Sweet Million - Plant begins bearing early and continues on through the growing season, producing many clusters of small, bright red fruit.

Topsy Tom - Bite-size tomatoes have a good balance of sweet and “tomatoey” flavor for fresh eating.  Try them sautéed and served over pasta, too!

Tomatillo Green fruit that resembles a tomatoes, covered in a light green paper-like husk.  Harvesting is best when the fruits are green because they contain the most flavour.  Choose fruits that have burst their husk and have no sign of disease, mold or insect damage.

Light requirements Full sun.

Planting Space 18 to 36 inches apart, depending on type. (Read the stick tag that comes with the plant for specific spacing recommendations.) Plant deeply, burying 2/3 of the stem.

Soil requirements Tomatoes need well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Amend soil with compost or other organic matter prior to planting. Soil pH should be 6.2 to 6.8.

Water requirements Keep soil consistently moist throughout the growing season. Moisture is critical to prevent cracked fruits and blossom end rot. Mulch soil to reduce water evaporation.

Frost-fighting plan Tomato is a warm-weather crop—even a light frost will damage plants. Protect newly planted seedlings by covering plants with a frost blanket.

Common issues Pest-wise, watch out for tomato hornworms (big green caterpillars), slugs, pill bugs, rodents. In addition, humid weather invites fungal diseases like early blight and late blight. Plants may stop setting fruit when temperatures dip below 12˚C or climb above 30˚C. Blossom end rot can be a problem, as can misshapen fruit.

Harvesting In general, perfectly ripe tomatoes show deep colour but still feel firm when gently squeezed. Look up your specific variety for more details. Tomatoes do continue to ripen after being picked. Gently grab and twist until the tomato pulls free from the stem, or use a pair of clippers. Cut stems close to fruits.

Storage Store picked tomatoes at room temperature indoors, or in a shady place outside. Never refrigerate tomatoes, because temperatures below 12°C because flavour compounds to break down. Tomatoes will store longer if you allow stems and caps to remain in place until you’re ready to eat them. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week, although keeping time depends on how ripe fruit is when you pick it.