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Recommended Cherry Tomato varieties.

Bright starBright star Posts: 1,150
Happy New Year to you all.

I would like to try growing cherry tomatoes, having never grown them before I thought to try with a bush variety(determinate)  as they seem to be easier to grow for a beginner. I have some large pots to plant them in. I’m planning to try from seed but will get some plug plants later on if they fail. Could you recommend some varieties for me and any tips or things to avoid to help me on my tomato journey. 
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  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,150
    Thx phillippasmith2, I came across those varieties during my research buts it good to have confirmation of the good flavour! 
    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,947
    Sungold is my favorite, with sunsugar a close second.  Sunsugar seems a bit more disease resistant in my garden, and less prone to splitting.  They are indeterminate though.  I never really liked any of the bush variety of cherry tomatoes I've grown.  They also don't seem to produce much either.  I grow my cherry tomatoes up a fence (old trampoline as the frame) it is easy to weave it or tie in every few days, and I keep a pair of old scissors outside for snipping out suckers.  
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  • Janie BJanie B Posts: 885
    We grew Sungold for the first time last year, and are definitely growing them again this year... were absolutely delicious! Gardener's Delight is another favourite, a little bigger than Sungold, but again lovely flavour. I've ordered Sweet Million this year, too, but not tried them. Good luck!
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,249
    I've grown several cherry toms over the years.
    Sungold is very sweet, but I don't get a lot of flavour from them. Even less so with Sun Cherry.
    Tumbling Tom is tasteless, Maskotka has good flavour and is a bush variety.
    Gardener's Delight has been around forever and is good - but a bit bigger than the usual cherry tom.
    But my fave cherry tom is Rosella. Good flavour and balance of sweetness and acidity.
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  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 630
    We found Sweet Millions very successful, they were prolific and tasty and the surplus are still being consumed as oven dried and stored in olive oil. Will definitely grow them again. 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,789
    I grew Sungold for the first time this year and was disappointed. They were prolific and very sweet, but in a bland sort of way. I prefer something with a bit of sharpness to offset the sweetness. My favourite for flavour in recent years has been Rosella (although its dark colour could look a bit odd if you weren't expecting it), and Gardeners' Delight is an old favourite.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,789
    I agree, but my Sungold got the same regime as the other varieties, and the flavour was nowhere near as good, for me. I have some seeds left so I'll try them again this year, but if I still don't like them as much as other varieties, I won't buy them again.
    It just goes to show that there's no single "best" variety, so the answer to the OP is try a few different varieties and decide which ones you prefer.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • I've grown Sungold for many years but have had a couple of 'bad' years recently, with lots of splitting (both before and after harvesting) and the fruits having less flavour than usual.  "Suncherry Premium F1" is a red cherry from the same breeders which I've also grown alongside Sungold and that is now my preferred cherry variety as it has proven to be more reliable here with respect to producing an intense 'tomato' flavour and splitting.
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  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,150
    Thank you for all your replies, it’s going to be fun experimenting, never realised there were so many varieties! 
    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,366
    I only tend to grow cherry tomatoes and I like them sweet , I like Suncherry premium the most closely followed by Sungold so I will defiantly be growing these two this year . Think I may grow Rosella again but had a tendency to split and I am also trying a new variety Apero. 
    I've grown others like sweet million / sunlemon / Mexican midget which for me was bland - f1 santonio / black cherry good 
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