Cherry Tomatoes

Chocolate Cherry Tomato

Chocolate Cherry Tomato

TM884

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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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp. for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per 1/8 gramFertilizer Needs
70-90°F6-141/4"55°FSee below3-4'80%3 years≈ 35-40High


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.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

Culture
Determinate tomatoes: grow compactly, sprawling laterally, usually do not require staking, and fruit ripens over a short period of time
Indeterminate tomatoes: grow on long vines, generally require pruning to 1 or 2 leaders that need to be trellised
• Fertile, well drained, raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatoes are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• To prevent blossom end rot use a high calcuim amendment
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

Transplanting
• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; up-pot into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Determinates can be spaced 18-24 inches apart, indeterminates 24-36 inches apart
• Tomatoes can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
Common diseases: Early and late blight
Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when fully ripe, do not refrigerate for best flavor
• Green fruit should be ripened in a cool, dark area; make sure fruit are not touching

KEY TO TOMATO DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
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!