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Cherry Tomatoes in UgandaCherry Tomatoes in Uganda

Given the changed and sophiscated food industry the cherry tomatoes have been made a big deal.

Cherry tomato is another crop vegetable in the tomato family. 

The fruit is a rounded, small fruited tomato thought to be an intermediate genetic admixture between wild currant-type tomatoes and domesticated garden tomatoes. 

Cherry tomatoes range in size from a thumbtip up to the size of a golf ball, and can range from being spherical to slightly oblong in shape. 

Although usually red, other varieties such as yellow, green, and black also exist.

Common varieties of Cherry tomatoes in Uganda 

There are several varieties on market and some of which include; Cherry Red beauty, and Luci plus

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Soil requirements for growing Cherry Tomatoes in Africa  

Due to the fact that cherry tomatoes are mainly green house raised, you should ensure to use 3:1 ration for loamy garden soils and compost for a potting mixture.

How to propagate Cherry tomatoes on your farm

Like all solanaceae plants, cherry tomatoes are best started using seeds, however there are efforts being made to introduce use of cultures in the market.

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How to plant Cherry tomatoes in Uganda 

Planting cherry tomatoes happens in 2 phases which include;

Nursery phase

Nursery management is very crucial in raising cherry tomatoes as this affects the behavior of the plants up to its harvesting. 

You can set your nursery direct on ground or use improved seeding trays when you have the money.

Once the position of the bed is sited, prepare the bed by digging deep and breaking down large lumps of soil. 

Raised bed is always preferable if weather uncertainty is experienced. Otherwise, prepare the bed according to your weather behavior i.e. sunken if water is a major issue or a raised bed if the area is prone to floods. 

If necessary mix manure with top soil. Always note to use fine dry dust manure to keep your bed out of nematodes. Mix manure with ash before mixing it with the top soil. 

You can now level your seed bed and then make shallow ridges to accommodate your seeds. 50mm spacing between the ridges is good enough. Then sow your seed carefully to avoid too many seeds in one row or at the same point in a row. Ensure enough spacing to ensure all plants after germination have enough space. 

You can now cover the seeds with a thin film of soil enough to provide dampness for seeds germination and finally add some mulch. 

When you choose to use seedling trays, the major issue is getting the soil mixture meant to fill the trays. Pre-enrich your garden loamy soils with well filtered compost or vermiculite to make a growth medium. 

Then place two seeds per space on the tray and cover, the seeds will emerge in 8 days and will be fully ready for transplanting at the 4th of sowing.

Transplanting phase

Again I want to emphasize that cherry tomatoes will give you maximum output when raised in a controlled environment like the green house. 

Prepare your potting soil at a ratio of 3 parts of garden soil per 1 part of manure or compost. 

Fill the mixture into your polybag and assemble them in a green house at a spacing of 150cm between rows and 20cm between plants to acquire a plant population of 33000 plants. 

Before transplanting harden off the seedlings by reducing the amount of water supplied to the plants and also a little exposure to light.  

Make drills in the polybag soil mixture, and then splash a little water in them after place in the cherry tomato seedlings. 

After here the major management routine of fungal and bacterial disease control and pests sets in. this is done on a weekly basis to prevent and even control out breaks for mega production output.

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How best to Harvest Cherry Tomatoes in Africa

At the 10th-13th week after transplanting your cherry tomatoes, the fruits will be ready for the market. 

Harvesting is primarily done by hand and the process involves snipping the fruits from the tomato tree at the fruit stalk. 

Picking the fruits with its stalks helps extend its self life.

As the weeks extend to harvesting time, it’s important that you look for the market of your produce earlier enough as cherry tomatoes have a short shelf life which requires faster market penetration.

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About the Market for Cherry Tomatoes 

Given the changed and sophiscated food industry the cherry tomatoes have been made a big deal. 

The vegetables have found their way on supermarket stalls; the exotic restaurants and hotels have also showed much demand for them.

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Quick Tips for planting cherry tomatoes in Uganda 

  • Prepare your nursery early enough, this can be on ground or using seeding trays.
  • The plants will take between 3 to 4 weeks in the bed before they are transplanted.
  • Prepare a potting mixture of 3 parts of garden soil per 1 part of compost.
  • Fill the mixture in to poly bags.
  • Assemble the bags in the green house at a spacing of 150cmx20cm
  • Before transplanting ensure you have an irrigation system or water system in place.
  • Also be sure to put in place stakes for tying on the cherry tomato plant.
  • At the 5th week transplant your seedlings into the green house.
  • Have a pest and disease control routine which should be followed preferably weekly.
  • At the 10th or 12th after transplanting harvest you cherry tomatoes

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