It’s no wonder that the Super Sweet 100 tomato has been lovingly nicknamed “vine candy.” These tomatoes are some of the sweetest you’ve ever tasted. We’re not kidding–they may even be sweet enough to convert children who’ve sworn a life-long enmity with vegetables into tomato lovers.
Where does the “100” come in, you ask? Not only is this one of the sweetest tomatoes ever, but it’s also one of the most prolific. Each plant will produce several hundred delicious tomatoes over the course of the summer and fall.
Keep reading to learn about this scrumptious and plentiful tomato!
History of the Super Sweet 100 Tomato
When this tomato’s predecessor, the Sweet 100 tomato, was first introduced, its high production of incredibly sweet fruit aroused awe from tomato lovers everywhere. And now we have an even better hybrid: the Super Sweet 100 tomato. This new and improved version is just as tasty and prolific as the sweet 100, but it is more disease-resistant.
Characteristics of the Super Sweet 100 Tomato
The Super Sweet 100 tomato is a bright red cherry tomato hybrid. These tomato plants are indeterminant, meaning they will continue to grow vines and produce fruit until the winter frost.
Super Sweet 100 tomatoes ripen on the early side, just 60-70 days after germination.
Sweeter than most if not all other tomato varieties, the Super Sweet 100 tomato is also firm. It has a satisfying crunch as you bite into it, but this firmness also makes these tomatoes prone to cracking. It’s best to harvest them as soon as they are ripe, especially if it’s about to rain. The added water content the plant will soak up is likely to split the tomatoes.
These tomatoes reach about one inch in diameter.
Planting zones 3-9 are the most ideal for Super Sweet 100 tomatoes, but they can tolerate zones 2-11.
Size and Spacing
Since these plants are indeterminate, they’ll keep growing all summer and even through the fall. And as their name implies, they produce a lot of tomatoes. For this reason, Super Sweet 100 tomato plants should be planted two to three feet apart, and you should supply each plant with space on a trellis or a sturdy tomato plant cage.
Because this tomato variety is a hybrid, seeds for it only come when two different specific tomato types are pollinated together. If you try to plant the seeds from your Super Sweet 100 tomatoes, they won’t grow just like their parent plants. They may grow, but the tomatoes would probably be oddly shaped and wouldn’t taste the same as the original Super Sweet 100s. To grow more of these tomatoes, you’ll need to purchase new seeds each year.
The following sections will provide highlights about tomato care. For a complete guide on optimal tomato plant care, from planting to harvesting and storage, please check out our article on How To Grow Tomatoes: The Complete Guide For the Best Tomatoes.
Super Sweet cherry tomato plants flourish best with full sun (6+ hours of sunlight per day).
These tomatoes prefer rich, moist soil.
Super Sweet 100 tomatoes require moist but not saturated soil. Water frequently enough to keep the soil moist without soaking the soil. How often you’ll need to water depends on how dry and warm the area you live in is. adding a layer of mulch over your soil will help retain water better and also reduce the weed population.
Tomatoes require specific nutrients (such as calcium) to produce their best crops of fruit. To learn how to determine what your tomatoes need and when they need it, consult our ultimate tomato fertilizer guide.
If you opt to grow these tomatoes in tomato cages, no pruning is necessary because there will be enough support for all of the vines. If you prefer using tomato stakes, leave two main vines and pinch off any others beginning to form. This will keep the plant from growing too wide for the stake to support it.
One of the great things about Super Sweet 100 tomatoes is that they are resistant to most diseases, including verticillium wilt and fusarium wilt. That’s one of the qualities that made their hybrid variety so popular.
They become at greater risk of contracting diseases when the fruits are left on the vine long enough to split. The opening in their skin is an easy place for diseases to enter through, so if you see split fruit on your tomato plant, remove the split ones and dispose of them to protect the rest of the plant. If there are more ready for harvesting, pick them as soon as possible before they have the chance to split as well.
To learn how to detect, treat, and take steps to prevent diseases, read our tomato diseases guide.
A fearsome foe for many garden plants, the tiny aphid attacks in large groups and can cause significant damage quickly, and practically invisibly. If you see your tomato plant leaves suddenly disappearing before your eyes, flip a leaf over and take a look at the underside. You’ll probably find a small horde of aphids snacking away in their favorite tasty, shady place.
As aphids destroy tomato plant leaves from the undersides, the fruit loses its shade and could be damaged by too much sunlight. And the whole plant will hurt for the reduced surface area soaking up nutrients from the sun. The best way to get rid of aphids is to introduce a natural predator: the ladybug. Ladybugs love to eat aphids and you can buy ladybugs by the hundreds on Amazon.
These greenish-blueish moth larvae with a thorny horn on their rear ends have an unfortunate love for tomato plants. They grow at an incredible rate, feasting on more and more of your precious tomato plants as they go. One way to get rid of these pets is to pull them off the plant and drop them into soapy water, where they will drown. If you have pets like bearded dragons at home, they would also appreciate eating a few fresh tomato hornworms as a treat.
For information to help you spot, eliminate, and deter 15 different pests, visit our guide on common tomato pests.
When to Harvest Super Sweet 100 Tomatoes
Super Sweet 100 tomatoes are ready to harvest within 60-70 days of germination. Since these tomatoes are firm and prone to cracking, harvest ripe fruits right away to prevent cracks from spoiling your tomatoes and letting diseases into your plant.
Common Uses For Super Sweet 100 Tomatoes
What Does This Tomato Taste Like?
The Super Sweet 100 tomato is one of the sweetest if not the sweetest tomato variety out there. If your kids tend to complain about tomatoes on their plates, try some of these. They just might find that some tomatoes are quite delicious.
These tomatoes are great to cook with. For sauce or juice recipes that include sugar, you may even be able to leave the sugar out with these sweet tomatoes to make a healthier, more wholesome meal.
Their incredible sweetness makes Super Sweet 100 tomatoes a delicious raw treat for snacking.
Canning / Freezing / Drying
All of these preservation methods work well for these tomatoes.
Health Benefits of Super Sweet 100 Tomatoes
All tomatoes have a good amount of vitamin C, but Super Sweet 100 tomatoes have an even higher amount. Vitamin C is beneficial for immune health and can help your immune system fight of illnesses more quickly.
Super Sweet 100 tomatoes are also high in vitamin A, which is good for eye, kidney, heart, and lung health, and Vitamin B-6, which is helpful for cognitive development and also supports the immune system.
Where to Buy Super Sweet 100 Tomato Plants or Seeds
You can find Super Sweet 100 tomato seeds on Amazon, but for plants, you may need to check with your local farmer’s market or garden store.
Where to Buy Super Sweet 100 Tomatoes
To buy ready-to-eat Super Sweet 100 tomatoes, you can check your local grocery store to see if they have these in stock. If you can’t find them there, check with your local farmer’s market.
Wrapping Up the Super Sweet 100 Tomato
For veggie lovers with a sweet tooth, the Super Sweet 100 tomato is a dream come true. The delicious fruit constantly produced throughout the summer will provide plenty of opportunities for snacking that are both delicious and nutritious!
Are you a fan of Super Sweet 100 tomatoes? We’d love to hear about your experiences with it in the comment section below! Excited for more tomato content? Then visit our tomato page for growing tips, comprehensive guides, and tasty recipes!
Sunday 12th of February 2023
Incredible success with sweet 100 several years ago when Home Depot had plants. Now they have gone to generic names like "cherry" or "tomato". Tomatoes are terrible on Kauai, HI. No one has sweet 100 plants. I have difficulty with seeds due to torrential rains. Is there any source for shipping the plants?
By the way corn is also terrible on the island. People seem to accept this like they have never tasted good corn. Might be due to pests but also might relate to cultivars available locally. Any suggestions as to how we could widen the variety of plants available here?