The ‘Tumbling Tom’ cherry tomato is advertised for hanging baskets so I decided to try them this year. I started both red and yellow ‘Tumbling Toms’ from seed last spring and set them out in baskets, containers and hay bales. Visions of bright cherry tomatoes cascading over the sides filled my head.
Unfortunately, they didn’t produce quite as expected. While I did get some tomatoes, they didn’t begin to ripen until well into August. Although they did hang in clusters and were well-formed and attractive, they weren’t quite as prolific as I would have liked. Each plant produced one or two clusters of a dozen medium to small cherry tomatoes.
The most disappointing part for me was the flavor. 'Tumbling Tom' tastes more like a full-sized tomato than a cherry and doesn’t have the characteristic sweetness associated with cherry tomatoes. For eating fresh, these cherry tomatoes miss the mark for my tastes, but might be just what you are looking for.
Overall, I was disappointed with 'Tumbling Tom' cherry tomatoes and probably won’t grow them again.
In all fairness, I must admit that it was not the best of gardening years here in Maine, which may have affected my experience with ‘Tumbling Toms’.
Next year, I think I’ll stick to traditional cherry tomatoes like ‘Sungold’ or ‘Sweet Million’ and pass on the ‘Tumbling Toms’.