Cherry Tomatoes

Chocolate Cherry Tomato

Chocolate Cherry Tomato


70 days. These cherries have an attractive port wine colored flesh and skin with a comparably delicious and multifaceted flavor. The super productive, indeterminate plants produce trusses of 1 inch round fruit. We've found them enjoyable harvested fully mature, or even picked several days before they're fully ripe, then allowed to finish indoors.
Also available as a plant.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 35-40 seeds per 1/8 gram.
  • TM884/S
  • 1/8 gram
  • $3.45

  • TM884/P
  • 1 gram
  • $8.75

  • TM884/B
  • 1/4 oz
  • $21.95
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Seed DepthSeed SpacingSoil Temp for Germ.Days to Germ.Thin Plants To Approximately 35-40 seeds per 1/8 gram.
1/4″See Below70-90°F6-1418-30″

Lycopersicon lycopersicum: The first ripe, juicy tomato of summer is a delicious milestone of the season for gardeners. Each year we test and evaluate more than 250 tomato varieties to bring you the most flavorful, best performing selections, for every desired use. An array of nutrients and antioxidants including the especially potent lycopene, found in its highest concentration in tomatoes, supports healthy eyesight, cardiovascular health, cancer-fighting capacity, and more.

CULTURE: Sow seeds indoors into sterile seedling mix 6-8 weeks before your last spring frost. Plant, water lightly, and cover with plastic or a Propagation Dome to keep the seeds from drying out. When the first set of true leaves has emerged, up-pot into 3-4 inch pots and place in an area with full light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F). This will help prevent legginess. Water carefully, allowing the soil to dry on the surface between watering, but don't let the plants wilt. Fertilize with fish emulsion every 10-14 days. Seven to ten days before you want to transplant outside, set the plants in a sheltered area outdoors to harden off. Bring in or cover at night to protect from frost. After the danger of frost has passed, transplant into well worked garden soil. Blend 1/4 cup of our complete fertilizer into the soil around each plant. If you have acid soils or have been bothered by blossom end rot, a handful of bone meal should also be added. Space determinate varieties 18-24 inches apart and indeterminate varieties 20-30 inches apart. Allow 3-4 feet between rows. If your plants have become leggy, plant them deeper; the stems will actually sprout roots. Water very lightly at first, allowing the stems to adapt. To promote early growth and better yields use season extending products such as Wallo' Waters, Kozy Coats, Victorian Bell Cloches, or Red Plastic Mulch.
DETERMINATE/INDETERMINATE: Determinate varieties spread laterally and therefore do not require staking. Determinate varieties ripen at once so are a good choice for gardeners who love to can. Indeterminate varieties grow vertically until the bitter end and need to be staked or trellised for best production. They produce fruit until frost, leaving you some green tomatoes at the end of the season.
INSECTS/PESTS: Use Pyrethrin or crop row covers to discourage flea beetles early in the season, when they can be most destructive. Tomato hornworms can be controlled with Bacillus thuringienses (a bacteria also known as B.t.) sold as Monterey B.t. (ZIN503).
DISEASES: Natural genetic plant resistance is the best form of disease control. For diseases like early and late blight, a strict 3 year rotation and a sanitation program that includes destroying all the vines at the end of the year are your best defenses. Contact your local county extension agent for more information.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 80%. Usual seed life: 3 years. Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplanting; add 30-35 days if direct seeding.

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
B | Bacterial Wilt
F* | Fusarium Wilt
FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
L | Gray Leaf Spot
LB | Late Blight
LM | Leaf Mold
N | Roundworm | Nematode
PL | Corky Root Rot
PST | Bacterial Speck
RK | Root-Knot
TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
V | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.
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Heat tolerant cherry tomatoe
Dec 2, 2015  |  By Linda
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Very prolific producer even into the hot Florida summer! I pulled it up in June to make room. Very rich flavor, prolific, and disease tolerant plant. It's very hard to find a tomato that will produce even in high temperatures. Try it!
Slow, but tasty
Dec 22, 2014  |  By Mike Strout
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I grew four of these chocolate cherries hydroponically last year. They were the slowest of the 9 varieties I grew to set fruit, even though I used a pollinator every other day, just like I did with my other plants. Once they did drop fruit, they were still slow to ripen. When they did though, they were very tasty with a mild flavor. They were a favorite when I brought them into the office. I have a few other notes about growing these. First, the vine is very well behaved as opposed to some of the very aggressive indeterminate plants like Peacevine and Yellow Pear, neither of which will I ever grow again. Secondly, these chocolates very rarely split compared to my orange varieties and Sweet Millions, but they were susceptible zippering. I can live with that though as it is just a cosmetic issue. I will be growing them again.
Not for me
Aug 3, 2014  |  By Betty
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These are prolific buggers and will take over the garden. Nice size but I found them rather bland and having friends do blind tasting this tomato never ranked first. I won't waste garden space on it again.
good things to those who wait
Sep 26, 2012  |  By Elizabeth
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I found these a little stubborn to germinate, I did two separate plantings of four pots before I got two seedlings. They were also slow growing even in ideal weather but a nice sturdy plant. The fruits are large and look just like the photo - a deep plummy color. The insides are beautiful as well with the green seeds in stark contrast to purple flesh. Not too much juice or seeds, firm skin that resists cracking. Taste is excellent, sweet and rich but not tart or acidic. Keeper in my garden!