Cherry tomato

Lycopersicon esculentum | Also known as: Tomato | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Tomato: the fruit that tastes like a vegetable.

Lycopersicon esculentum is much better known, of course, by its everyday name of tomato plant. The fruit of the tomato plant hardly needs any introduction, as it's used in cooking and eaten raw in salads the world over. Tomato plants need lots of sunshine to get the best from the fruit, so it's often best to grow them in a greenhouse if you live in a cooler climate. Tomato plants usually grow between one and three metres in height and may well require some extra support once the heavy fruit appears as the stems can be a little weak. Tomatoes have been grown for a very long time, evidence of their cultivation dates back to 500BC. Sadly our modern varieties have had the natural sweetness bred out of them in the pursuit of bright red colouring.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Irregular
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z11-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • 4 - 0
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Vegetables
Grown for
  • Edible fruit
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fast growing
  • Outdoor food
Garden type
  • Kitchen garden
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 1 to 2 years
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