Black Cherry Tomato
These little tomatoes are tasty straight from the vine, making them a delicious healthy snack choice.

Black Cherry Tomato

4.48 out of 5 based on 21 customer ratings
(22 customer reviews)

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 1.5 inches
  • Matures: 64 days
  • Plant spacing: 36 inches apart
  • Plant size: 6 to 8 feet tall
  • Plant type: Indeterminate

This truly black cherry tomato was bred in Florida by the late Vince Sapp. Pick loads of these perfectly round, dark fruits with rich, sweet, dynamic flavor from just one plant. Great for shish-kebabs, salads (they’re striking!), or just eating in the garden. Vines are quite vigorous, so use a tall cage. Open-pollinated.

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21 reviews for Black Cherry Tomato

  1. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Completely delighted with this healthy, productive plant. I purchased it from my feed store, planted it in a container, used no pesticides and it is bearing tons of fruit! These cherry tomatoes take longer than others to ripen- be patient, the pay-off is wonderful! My yellow pear tomato plant was attacked by aphids and died- this one stayed healthy. I will be looking for this one next year!!

  2. Taste:
    3 out of 5

    Yield:
    3 out of 5

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    I grew this tomato last year in a container and it just wasn’t that great. The taste wasn’t consistent. A few were quite good, but most of them were disappointing. There were probably 20 tomatoes from the whole season, but that might have been the fault of the container, which was probably 4ish gallons. I’m trying something else this year.

  3. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Awesome tomatoes! Absolutely loved them. Need them to come back to 7th Street Walmart.

  4. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    4 out of 5

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    First time growing this variety. First time growing in ground as well. I got it from an Ace Hardware when it was 12″, Single stemmed. Very healthy and vigorous tomato. It out survived a yellow pear, black kremlin, and big boy tomatoes through what I believe was verticillium wilt and a heavy aphid attack. I quickly replaced the very common petroleum laced inferior soil mix (which I won’t name) I started with, which contained the VW, with some Faffard soil mix and wiggle worm worm castings. My plant grew into a tree that I thought was way out of range. At 14 feet I had to spread the upper vines to a lower level, which eventually encased my 100 sq foot garden from stock to vine tip. The fruit is scrumptious, it’s like something out of the Garden of Eden. I was averaging a shopping bag full every two days for a couple months during peak season. Growing with a drip irrigation system and superior products can increase productivity and quality, but you can’t leave out the fact that this is a strong strain of cherry tomato. Will grow this again next year.

  5. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    2 out of 5

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    Taste great, but not very productive! I grew in a container so maybe that is the problem.

  6. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    First year I tried these and they’ve been great. Delicious and productive.

    One word of caution about Bonnie Plants though. I bought a yellow squash labelled Straight 8 that turned out to be a patty pan. I love this patty pan and wish I knew which variety it is so I can get it again next year. Not all mislabellings result in disappointment, but they really should be more careful.

  7. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    4 out of 5

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    This was my first year planting this tomato. I planted mine in a very large plastic barrel. I love the earthy sweet flavor. Would love to plant next year. I only hope that I can find this tomato in Southeast Alabama.

  8. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Best cherry tomato ever, bar none!! Only problem is you can never find it where Bonnie plants are sold. I have made over 15 trips to 4 different Wal Mart stores and 2 Lowes stores. I am giving up and will order seeds online for this year and years to come.

  9. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    This was the “wild-child” in my 2014 Provo, Utah garden! I wish I had given this tomato plant more room – it grew to be huge! It took a while to get going and was most productive after the high heat of summer passed, and then it really produced. These dusky brownish-rose beauties were just delicious – very sweet, but not bland as some sweet tomatoes can be. The whole family loved them! We used them in different types of salads, in tacos, and mostly for snacking. One plant produced plenty for fresh eating for family and friends. I will be looking for this winner at Home Depot to grow again for my 2015 garden. Hope there are still some left to buy!

  10. Taste:
    0 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Mahogany color cherry that explodes with great tomato flavor. Grows large and needs support. Well worth the effort.

  11. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    I harvest cut them in half dehydrate 85% then freeze them in one cup quantities. I use them in marinara and other tomato sauces they power up the flavor to just about garden fresh. They are also excellent rehydrated in olive oil.

  12. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    My favorite! Lowes had only one plant. It was doing great while we were in FL, had to leave it with friends–Lucky them. I hope they will be available in Massachuetts, namely Cape Cod, Wareham area. Please, please! Couldn’t find them last year, but previously had a prolific crop that everyone looked to replicate. Help! We need them! Many thanks. Jeannie

  13. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    4 out of 5

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    Best Cherry tomato!: Sweet flavor, unique color, overall just awesome!

  14. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Unique tomatoe, slightly sweet flavor. : This tomato will produce fruits about 1″ to 1.5″. The fruits start out green and turn dark chocolate brown. I grew it on the deck in a 30″ pot about 24″ deep and staked it with a bamboo cage. Got lots of compliments on the plant…..very pretty. I will definitely grow this one again.

  15. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Wish I could find these wonderful tomatoes in 2013: Really good!

  16. Taste:
    4 out of 5

    Yield:
    4 out of 5

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    Great, when you get what you want.: I grew these for the first time last year, and I really loved them. I shared some with neighbors, and they thought very highly of them as well. So this year I bought another one, and after a few months of waiting for the plant to mature and produce, it turns out that it was mislabeled, and is some sort of grape tomato. While I give the Black Cherry tomato 5 stars, I give Bonnie Plants 1 star for a lack in quality control. The same thing happened last year when I thought I was buying a Mr. Stripey tomato, and it turned out to me something else.

  17. Taste:
    1 out of 5

    Yield:
    1 out of 5

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    Beware: Bought 4 Bonnie black cherry plants this year and all 4 are producing a small orange pear to plum shape tomato. BEWARE these are not true to the label.

  18. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    great variety : i love these little guys.. the taste is very unique kind of a sweet ,smokey finish and very juicy.. we got a lot of rain this year in new jersey so the plants grew very tall. I'm gonna say around 7' tall.. had a heck of a time supporting them on the fly, tomato plants don't normally get so tall here in jersey.. over all i think i will grow these again next year..

  19. Taste:
    4 out of 5

    Yield:
    3 out of 5

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    Tasty: A tasty, fun tomato for salads or snacking, but mine were not round like a cherry tomato, they were oblong like grape tomatoes.

  20. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Disappointed, Mislabeled :(: Planted 1 of these last year. They were awesome! Searched for them this year, bought two plants. Now growing they are both mislabeled. I have some kind of grape tomato, and I can't even get them to ripen. So sad.

  21. Taste:
    2 out of 5

    Yield:
    2 out of 5

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    Neither a black nor a cherry tomato?: I bought several of these plants with the Bonnie brand on them from my local Wal*Mart, which was probably a bad idea in the first place, but the yield was a bland-tasting, pear tomato-shaped fruit that was distinctly two-toned even when at the peak of ripeness.

  22. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Super good!!: Our neighbor's plant was large and loaded. We had a so-so tomato year in Idaho this season but these little guys were absolutely wonderful. Better than candy!

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