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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Chocolate Cherry'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Chocolate Cherry

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26 members have or want this plant for trade.

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive imuneekru On Jun 15, 2013, imuneekru from ESSINGTON, PA wrote:

This is my second year growing Chocolate Cherry. It is truly the idiotproof heirloom tomato! And it has a rich, complex flavor that has become a local favorite in my neck of the woods.

The first year, we grew several Chocolate Cherry plants alongside other heirlooms in a community garden. Since it was our first year, the whole garden was subjected to almost criminal neglect--the sum total of care amounted to me standing about with a dumb look on my face, gawking at the plants. Chocolate Cherry survived spring drought and early heat that spiked about 10-20 degrees above our average temps. All the other tomatoes developed blossom-end rot. Even under these conditions, Chocolate Cherry steadily produced the most beautiful, delicious fruit we had ever tasted! It continued to produce well into the fall. The only problem I had was a few split tomatoes after a week's worth of hurricanes in August (probably wouldn't have split if I'd picked them when they were first ripe). Even then, we had an ample harvest.

This year, I started my Chocolate Cherries from leftover seed. I killed several batches by trial and error, gave up and decided to sow outdoors. I had no idea what I was doing, and the plants ended up languishing in a sawn-off milk jug, with several dozen seedlings to a pot, until I finally buried them in a tub of soil. Despite my ignorance, I managed to supply several friends with strong baby tomato plants. The vines are now lush and covered with blooms. They are setting fruit as of 2nd week of June, before any other tomato we planted, including ones from the greenhouse. Truly the healthiest plant in my garden.

Positive compostuser On Sep 20, 2011, compostuser from Bremerton, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I was impressed with the appearance, productivity, taste and texture of this cherry tomato. Because of my limited garden space, this plant will replace the YELLOW PEAR tomato I've grown for the past two years.

Positive Astrogarden On May 31, 2011, Astrogarden from Bend, OR (Zone 5a) wrote:

Planted this in my new greenhouse in Central Oregon at the same time as an early girl (both grown from seed). This thing is
about a foot taller now and threatening the top of the greenhouse and it is only June 1 on a VERY cold (record setting) spring year. It is presently setting fruit. Not as many blossoms as other plants this size but despite it not being a resistant variety, it is the healthiest plant in the greenhouse!

Definitely needs to be started indoors in this climate but sure looks great so far.

Now have the first fruit and the taste is great. It has an interesting, almost citrus-like taste at first bite. Great tomato.

Positive WaltRoos On Oct 25, 2010, WaltRoos from Canton, GA wrote:

My first year with the Chocolate Cherry, and I'm impressed. It was a much hardier tomato plant than most of my other 20+ varieties. and these 1- 1 1/8" cherries taste like a really good old fashion tomato to me. And here near Atlanta, I'm still getting a good harvest. As cherry tomatoes go, the plant gets big and produces a medium crop. The plant in my Earth Box, sitting on a concrete parking area, did the best. My only other Chocolate Cherry plant, in a raised bed, had a smaller crop. I probably only get about 5-6 hours of full sun at either location.

I have read that they easily split like most brown tomatoes, but I don't think I had any to split untill they were way over ripe, so I let them get very mature on the vine, although they seem to ripen well inside the kitchen ok too.

Next year I plan to plant many more of these great tasting tomatoes, and look forward to cutting up a handfull for an interesting Tomato Sandwich : )

Positive tuttamatta On Sep 22, 2008, tuttamatta from Portland, OR wrote:

Now that I have tried it I can say that it is a great cherry tomato, maybe not as prolific as other cherry tomatoes I grew in the past, but great flavor and interesting color.
I will grow it again next year.

Neutral dancingbear27 On Apr 23, 2008, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

These grew well with a large productive plant. Larger size cherry tomato. Brownish color made my kids not particularly want to eat them because they thought they were "rotten". I would consider them to be a higher acidity than some cherries, but I am partial to yellow and orange tomatoes, which tend to be sweeter and less acetic.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 28, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A dark red brown cherry tomato.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado
Canton, Georgia
Indianapolis, Indiana
Vanceburg, Kentucky
Somerville, Massachusetts
Blooming Grove, New York
Elba, New York
Rock Tavern, New York
Bend, Oregon
Prineville, Oregon
Essington, Pennsylvania
Pleasant View, Tennessee
Belton, Texas
Freeport, Texas
West Jordan, Utah
Radford, Virginia
Bremerton, Washington
Camano Island, Washington

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