Cherry tomatoes are miniature, sweet versions of standard tomatoes. Cherry tomato plants yield regular crops of fruit. The necessary supplies for growing cherry tomatoes are a seedling, a tomato cage, one 20-quart bag of potting soil, tomato food and a 5-gallon plastic bucket. Tomatoes are ready in 45 to 65 days.
Drill drainage holes in the bucket
Drill holes every few inches around the bottom of the bucket. Drill four or five more in the bottom. The holes allow the water to drain, preventing root rot.
Select a growing location
Cherry tomatoes grow best in an area with eight or more hours of direct sunlight.
Assemble the cage
The tomato cage supports the vine while it's growing. Insert the bottom of the cage into the bucket.
Prepare the potting soil
Add the potting soil to the bucket until it is three-quarters full. Water the soil until it feels moist. Add additional mix until it reaches to 1 inch below the rim of the bucket.
Plant the seedling
Dig a hole in the potting soil just deep enough to hold the seedling. Slide the plant out of its carrier and place it in the hole. Cover the base so that only the top half of the plant shows.
Water the plant
The cherry tomato plant needs watering every three days, or whenever the soil feels dry. In very hot weather, the plant may need watering daily. Add fertilizer once a week.
Harvest the tomatoes
Flowers should show up after one month. Two to four weeks later, the cherry tomatoes should be ready for harvesting.