When it comes to growing cherry tomatoes, there are a lot of options. There are yellow varieties like the sungold, purple types, and even striped tomatoes. However, if you’re looking for amazing harvests and flavor, then the Super Sweet 100 tomato is for you.
The amazing vigor, early production, and continuous yields make Super Sweet 100 a special variety. Add to that disease resistance, deliciously sweet flavor, and you’ve got yourself a cherry tomato all-star.
In this article, I’ll share all that I know about this special hybrid tomato. This includes a bit of background, the (scrumptious) flavor, where to buy seeds, and how to grow them yourself at home. Let’s get started!
About The Super Sweet 100 Tomato
The Super Sweet 100 tomato is an indeterminate, hybrid variety. It is an improved version of the famous ‘Sweet 100.’
The plants grow vigorously, and are known for producing massive tomato trusses, filled with fruits. In fact, it is said that the name, “Super Sweet 100,” indicates that the plant can produce up to 100 fruits on a single branch.
As if the high productivity wasn’t enough, Super Sweet 100 is resistant to fusarium wilt and verticillium wilt. These diseases are a nightmare to deal with, so you can grow with some peace of mind.
This variety is so successful that it is now easy to find all across the country. In early spring, you can find large, started plants at many nurseries for cheap! This is a great option if you got a late start, or you don’t like to start tomatoes from seed.
Super Sweet 100 Tomato Flavor
As the name implies, Super Sweet 100 tomatoes are extremely sweet and snackable. Some growers have nicknamed this varietiy “vine candy,” and with good reason.
When picked at the perfect ripeness, Super Sweet 100s are incredibly tasty, with the perfect amount of sweetness and tangy tartness. I think about half of our harvests get eaten right off the vine while I am tending to the garden. The other half go into the fridge for salads and snacking.
They can even be used to enhance the flavor of sauces or soups, though it may be easier to grow a larger tomato for this purpose. Also, if you can’t finish off all the fruits before they spoil, cherry tomatoes are easy to freeze.
Super Sweet 100 Seeds & Growing
Seeds for the Super Sweet 100 variety are widely available, often in stock at local garden centers and home improvement stores. You can also get the seeds online.
When it comes to growing cherry tomatoes, they are some of the easiest to care for and maintain. Super Sweet 100 is an indeterminate variety, which means it will continue growing taller and taller, requiring a stake or trellis.
Start the seeds indoors about 4 weeks before the local last frost. Give them plenty of space to grow while indoors, and use grow lights for ideal results. Harden off the plants to avoid sun scald when they move into the light.
Super Sweet 100s are easy to grow in a container, in raised beds, or in the ground. I would recommend bottom pruning, and also pruning some of the sucker shoots that develop throughout the season. Learn more about pruning tomatoes here.
Although it is resistant to certain wilt diseases, you should still practice proper tomato plant spacing (~24 in/61cm) to reduce the risk of other diseases. Keep the plants well ventilated throughout the season.
You can expect your first harvest just 60 days after transplanting outdoors. After that, the tomatoes will just keep on coming! Indeterminate varieties like Super Sweet 100 keep on producing regularly until the frost comes.
What To Do With Cherry Tomatoes
Once you have your first batch of Super Sweet 100s, you may be looking for ideas on how to use them. Thankfully, cherry tomatoes are versatile in the kitchen. Here are a few ways to use them:
- Roast with other veggies. Roasting cherry tomatoes until they split open makes for an amazing burst of flavor. Drizzle with oil and roast them whole with other veggies like Brussels sprouts, string beans, asparagus, or carrots.
- Make homemade pizza. As we all know, pizza wouldn’t be complete without tomatoes. Sliced cherry tomatoes are perfect to add as an additional topping to homemade (or even frozen) pizza.
- Add to salads. Of course, cherry tomatoes are the perfect size for adding to green salads. Simply slice them into circles for easy fork-grabbing and enjoy.
- Freeze them for storage. If you’ve snacked to your heart’s content, then you can easily freeze cherry tomatoes whole for use later on. This is a great way to have the taste of “fresh” tomatoes throughout the year!
If you love cherry tomatoes like I do, you’ll want to try growing this variety yourself! Give it plenty of space, and you’ll be enjoying fresh, tasty Super Sweet 100 tomatoes all summer long!