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Tomato, Tomatoberry Garden Hybrid

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Pretty, heart-shaped tomato was our 2012 taste test champ.

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Have a heart. Pretty, heart-shaped tomato was our 2012 taste test champ. Flesh of the 2 oz., deep-red fruit is thick and juicy, aromatic, sweet and tasty. Cherries are scrumptious right off the vine, ready to star in salads or as snacks. Indeterminate.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

60 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

1-2 ounces

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

45 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

65 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

  • Sow tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds ¼  inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Tomatoes should be set 30-48 inches apart in a row with the rows spaced 3-4 feet apart. It can be tempting to space tomatoes more closely at planting time, but if you plant too closely you will increase the chance of disease, and decrease yields.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. 
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. 
  • Tomatoes can be planted deeply, with the stem buried to the first set of leaves. The more deeply they are planted the more roots will form, providing the plant with additional support and better ability to take up nutrients. Some gardeners plant tomatoes by digging a horizontal trench and laying the plant in the trench with the top 2-4 inches of the plant pointing upward.
  • Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. 
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.  
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Place your plant support at this time. You can try tomato cages or staking. Unsupported plants will sprawl on the ground, require no pruning, and will probably produce a larger yield of smaller fruit than will staked plants. For larger, cleaner, more perfect fruits, support plants as they grow. Growing on stakes: Place strong stakes in the ground and set plants about 6 inches from the stakes. Growing in cages: Place a cage around a single plant; let the vines grow and enlarge within the cage, no pruning  will be necessary

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for tomatoes as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • If growing on stakes: As the plants grow, allow only one or two main stems to grow and pinch out any other side shoots as they form. Gently tie the one or two remaining shoots to the stake; don't pull them tightly against the stake. If growing in cages, no pruning is necessary.
  • Whether to remove the side shoots, or suckers, that grow out of the leaf axils or not depends on the support system used. Gardeners using stakes usually snap off these side shoots. They typically get earlier and larger tomatoes but overall production tends to be less. If tomatoes are grown in cages, the suckers are generally left on, although it's a good idea to pinch the tip out of them when they are 6-8 inches long. Regardless you may want to remove all the growth from the bottom 6-10 inches of the plant. This helps to improve air circulation and reduce the spread of diseases such as early blight. Wait until the plants are knee-high. In the morning when the plants have the most water in them, snap off the lower growth while it is small. Any plants that look sick with distorted foliage or have a mosaic pattern on the leaves should be removed as they may have a virus that can spread to the other plants. It is best to do this early in the season.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvesting and Preserving Tips

  • Determinate tomato plants ripen a heavy crop over a few weeks. Indeterminate varieties bear fruit continuously till frost. Remember that the days to harvest refers to the time from setting out transplants in the garden.
  • Pick tomatoes when they are as ripe as possible. They should be fully colored and firm and picked regularly to avoid overloading plants.
  • At the end of the season, when you know there will be a frost, pick all the almost-ripe tomatoes you can, and ripen them in brown bags or spread on newspapers at room temperature. Many cultivars will store for months. Store only sound fruit, at 50-60°F. Do NOT refrigerate and try to avoid having the fruit touch each other.
  • The foliage of tomatoes is toxic and should not be eaten.
  • Tomato fruits are enjoyed in many cooked dishes as a flavoring. Use them to make soups, sauces, stews, ketchup, paste, juice, quiche, and pies. Add them to curries, casseroles, and chutney.
Days To Maturity
60 days
Fruit Weight
1-2 ounces
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
45 inches
Height
65 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Spring
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
Thin
6 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Tomato, Tomatoberry Garden Hybrid is rated 3.9091 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent cherry I grew this along with 4 other cherries. Very good choice. Strong red color and no cracking. Stayed on the vine well even with very ripe. Many of the cherries I've planted fall off the vine so easily when ripe. Pretty with great taste. An interesting balance of acid and sugar. Will definitely grow again. Skin not as thin as other cherries but not terribly thick either. Size, shape and color looked great in a salad of mixed cherry tomatoes.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Luck I started 6-7 different varieties of tomato from Burpee seeds this spring. The Tomatberry was the only one that did not germinate well. Only two of the seeds sprouted(planted 8), and after sprouting they never did thrive. Needless to say they never made into the garden.
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A+ Also had a problem with many seeds will produce plants but these that did produced many very tasty beautiful fruits
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible small tomato Lots of small tasty pretty heart shaped tomatoes
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious I started these from seed. The first round didn't germinate so I restarted them and this time got a few plants to sprout. At first I was skeptical because the skin seemed too tough on the first few that ripened. As they started coming along they got better and they taste delicious. I will definitely grow these again, they were the best tasting tomato in my garden this year. Hopefully next year I'll get them to germinate a little better.
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic tomatoes! I started these from seed and transplanted to containers that sit on my deck. I'm so happy with how the plants turned out. They grew quickly and are producing very well. The tomatoes look and taste great! I use them in green salads, pasta salads and pasta dishes. I can't wait to grow them again next year!
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Won't buy again I started seeds for these, and none of them sprouted very well compared to the 10 or so over varieties that were in the same setup as these. I was excited about these, so I ended up ordering plants. Between the 3 none seem very healthy, and one is about dead. They all do have quite a few tomatoes on them, but they aren't a very nice color and seem a bit spotty. The ones that I've eaten do taste good. I've got about 20 different tomato plants going and these 3 are the only ones which aren't healthy and green. I won't bother growing these again next year.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Produced well, but... These set on lots of tomatoes when most of my others would not. However, they tasted awful and I can't figure out why. I was so disappointed. I ordered plants, and they grew very well, even though they got pretty messed up in shipment. The Napa Grape tomato right next to these Tomatoberry ones tasted awesome - very sweet and flavorful, so I don't think it's the soil or the type of fertilizer, (which was organic). Then the birds found them and i had to pick them a few days early. I brought them into the house to finish ripening. They were bright red and beautiful, but still tasteless - no sweetness to them at all and a little too firm for our taste. On the plus side, they seemed to have no tendency to crack, even when it rained. The grape tomatoes cracked every time it rained. They didn't crack much when I watered them, though, but I was careful not to over-water, since I knew they had that tendency.
Date published: 2014-05-12
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