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Sweet Million Stats
Height: 48 - 72" (1.22-1.83 m)
Plant Spacing: 18 - 24" (0.46-0.61 m)
Row Spacing: 36 - 60" (0.91-1.52 m)
Days to Maturity: 55 - 75
Growing Habit: Indeterminate
Sun: Full Sun
Genetic Type: Hybrid
Variety Type: Cherry, Saladette/Pear
Disease Resistance: V, F, FF, T, St
Salads, fresh, pasta, pizza, appetizers
Information for Sweet Million
The Sweet Million tomato is a descendant of the Sweet 100 variety. According to history during the early 1800's the seeds of the Sweet 100 variety were brought to Greece by a monk from Egypt . Over the years, the seeds were carried to America where it became immensely popular giving way to hybrids such as the Sweet Million.
This cultivar has heavy yields of tomatoes but the name may be a misnomer since this variety will produce just more than 500 cherry tomatoes.
As a hybrid of the classic cherry variety, it gives way to bountiful crops that keep producing throughout the season. The plant is characterized by it regular shaped leaves and large, long grapelike clusters of fruit. The miniature crops are about 1 to 1 1/2 inch (25- 39 mm) in size with smooth skin and a bright red color.
These are also tender with a superb sugary flavor. Sweet Million tomatoes are also highly disease resistant particularly to verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, fusarium races 1 and 2, grey leaf spot and tobacco mosaic virus. Additionally, these are also crack resistant.
Seeds are best germinated indoors about 5-6 weeks before last frost date. These can then be planted outdoors afterwards in normal loamy soil that is well drained and moist. Full sun exposure is required for this early variety.
Grown widely in the United States as well as the Mediterranean, the Sweet Million is good for home gardens and market growers as well. Both supermarkets and green grocers stock this type of cherry tomatoes.
Those interested in growing it may find seeds online, in catalogs and at plant stores. Like its predecessors, the Sweet Million is excellent even when eaten right off the vine. It works well in dishes that call for fresh tomatoes such as salads. These may also be added to pizza, pasta, casseroles and other cooked dishes. Its small size also makes it ideal for using in appetizers.
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