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Rick Gush

Datterini

Essentially a type of cherry tomato mainly found in Italy, these sweet plants grow in clumps of up to a dozen at a time. The name "datterini" means "little dates" in Italian because of its very sweet taste and small size. The skin is thicker than regular tomatoes and they have fewer seeds, which means more flesh.

Size: About the size of a date

Sunlight requirements: Full (minimum of six to eight hours)

Water requirements: A minimum of 1 inch per week. Keep water at roots so the leaves don't become moldy.

Soil requirements: Soil high in nitrogen. Rick Gush suggests burying a bucket-size amount of cow manure 2 feet below each plant.

When to plant: Transplant after the last frost, when nights are warmer than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Where to plant: Garden; containers; on stakes; can hang over walls or lean up against stakes up to 8 feet tall

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