My Cherry Tomatoes Garden in Bahrain

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By Francis Saldanha
Bellevision Media Network

Bahrain, 05 May 2012: A Cherry tomato is a small variety of tomato that has been cultivated since at least the early 1800s.It is believed that cherry tomatoes  have originated in Peru and Northern Chile. Cherry tomatoes range in size from a thumb tip up to the size of a golf ball, and can range from being spherical to slightly oblong in shape. The more oblong ones often share characteristics with plum tomatoes, and are known as grape tomatoes. The cherry tomato is regarded as a botanical variety of the cultivated berry.




Cherry tomatoes have been  cultivated in Greece in large quantities and its cultivation can be traced  as  far back as in 1875. It is said that a monk had brought the seeds of cherry tomatoes to Greece in the early 1850s. Locals believe that the seeds were imported from somewhere in Egypt. Cherry tomatoes can be picked when green, and then pickled to make a condiment called a tom olive, the name referring to the similar appearance and texture of an olive.


Some tips how to plant & grow Cherry Tomatoes in your garden:


 Buy cherry tomato seedlings from your local nursery for planting after the last frost date in spring. Look for heirloom varieties or for fun, try the pearl variety. Two plants will produce plenty of fruit, unless you are feeding an army.

Choose a site with full sun. Grow tomatoes organically by using black cow manure. Work in plenty of compost or other organic matter if your soil is clay or sandy. Dig a hole large enough to fit the base of the plant. Remove the plant from its container. Using the tip of a garden trowel, dig gently into the root ball at the bottom of the plant and "rough it up" so that dirt falls out into the hole and the roots hang down.

Place the plant in the hole so the roots are in the hole and the base of the green plant is at ground level. Fill the hole with soil and press down firmly on the soil surrounding the base of the plant Place a firm stake into the ground next to the base, and tie the plant loosely to the stake. Water generously, but not so much that dirt flows out of the hole. Water approximately once every two days.



Fertilize every two weeks with liquid fertilizer. When you start to see yellow flowers sprouting, you’ve done it. You should have tomatoes coming off those sprouts within a week or two. Pick tomatoes when their color is glossy and even, and their texture midway between soft and firm.

Cherry tomatoes are delicious and easy to grow and they can be grown in almost any climate.


Growing homemade sweet cherry tomatoes is a fantastic hobby to learn because they are just so delicious. At least six hours of sun a day is required for growing cherry tomatoes.

The joy of growing, harvesting, eating and sharing your own cherry tomatoes provide a multitude of life-enhancing pleasures and nourishment. The red cherries tomatoes are awesome and a pleasing site to your eyes.  Yes, anyone can grow great- tasting cherry tomatoes…



Comments on this Article
Bemisal, Bahrain Sat, October-29-2016, 3:57
Hi. I have a few important questions. I m new at gardening and I really want to grow tomatoes. I don t have a garden but I grow calamondins and herbs in my house indoors(I live on the 23rd floor). So far I m faring well and now I m interested in growing tomatoes indoors. I get plenty of sunlight in my lounge and the plants are kept right next to the window. A. Can I grow the regular kind of tomatoes indoors? B. If yes then how should I go about it? Can I buy already germinated seedlings from somewhere? C. Is November a good time to start? D. What other veggies/fruits could I grow?
Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle / Bahrain Mon, November-26-2012, 2:36
Season 2 Cherry tomatoes! Eagerly waiting for your next visit dear Philip Sir, it will be Cherry- picking spirits! and BBQ!!! Standby….
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Fri, November-23-2012, 2:07
Francis is renewing the garden and it is not picking season. So my visit was ill-timed, though not for cherry-picking spirits! But soon, the fruits and flowers should bloom.
Charles D Mello, Pangala Wed, May-16-2012, 2:22
Hi francis...when i read this article...I remembered "Subhash Shenoy, Al Ansari"....This tomato good no ??????
subhash, manipal Tue, May-15-2012, 6:14
Is there anyone growing in udupi or belle ? where can i get the seeds ? pls help
Charles D Mello, Pangala Mon, May-14-2012, 12:30
Tomatoes look very nice. I far away to eat them. Anyway nice article and photography.
Naveen Mendonca, Pamboor / Bahrain Mon, May-7-2012, 10:04
Good article and beautiful pictures of Cherry Tomatoes grown by Francis Saldanha. Few weeks ago I had been to his garden it was wonderful to see varieties of vegetables flowers grown in his garden. Well done.
Alphonse Mendonsa, Pangla/Abu Dhabi Sat, May-5-2012, 2:25
wow, what a sight and how easy it looks to grow. Surely not as easy as they look though. Nevertheless, look sooo nice and must be very tasty. thanks Francis for your dedication to your hobby and thanks Bellevision for sharing with us. May many more article appear in your site.
Baptist Sequeira, Mooduebelle Sat, May-5-2012, 2:22
Francis is till continuing the wise traditional way of cultivation. First the seeds are germinated and grown small plants in a pot, then he transfers them in new soil which makes the plant to grow and yield fullest. Being a farmer I understood the importance of 2 steps of growing plants from him, where in his garden the Zenia plants grow with many branches and produce huge flowers fully and for a long time. Thanks Francis for transferring the knowledge and showing such a great interest in plantation. You are great.
Lynnet, Moodubelle Sat, May-5-2012, 5:56

Thats great. you have done a wonderful effort. very nice article. Mr. Saldanha keep it up.

Marita Lobo, Belle/Bahrain Sat, May-5-2012, 3:33
Nice to read the article dear Francis. Inspite of your busy work schedule you put so much hard work towards your hobby. The tomatoes are so tempting no wonder I will land there anytime to pick them. Keep writing also about the flowers you have in your garden and also about the chicks.
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Sat, May-5-2012, 12:55
Until Arab Spring at Pearl Roundabout, I used to visit Bahrain 3~4 times each year. Evenings were spent in relaxed atmosphere with friends in their gardens. To my mind, gardening hobby seemed limited to upper middle class expatriates, mainly Anglo-Saxon. Among Indians, it is seldom to find people from our twin districts learning to garden. Now, I have found you, Francis. If I ever come to Bahrain again, I will locate you and pick those luscious cherry tomatoes. (with some spirit too..:D)
Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle Sat, May-5-2012, 12:03
Good article and beautiful pictures of Cherry Tomatoes grown by Francis Saldanha.
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Fri, May-4-2012, 11:31
Wonderful! The vegtables could not be grown in the fields are being produced on the terrace at Bahrain. Great! thereore it is said where there is a will there is a way. such efforts pass time and also earn for vegetable bills. Keep it usp Mr Francis Saldanha. This kind of approach to life will make life happy.
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