Growing hanging cherry tomatoes from fruit without much care can be a fun and unique gardening project. Here’s a creative and low-maintenance method to achieve this:

Materials Needed:

  1. Overripe Cherry Tomatoes: Choose overripe cherry tomatoes from a store or your own garden. Ensure they are fully ripe and preferably organic.
  2. Hanging Containers: Select hanging containers with drainage holes. Options include hanging baskets, old mesh produce bags, or even repurposed containers with strings for hanging.
  3. Potting Mix: Well-draining potting mix or a mix of coconut coir and perlite.
  4. Watering Can or Spray Bottle: For occasional watering.

Steps:

  1. Select Overripe Cherry Tomatoes:
    • Choose fully ripe cherry tomatoes with seeds inside. Overripe tomatoes are more likely to contain viable seeds.
  2. Extract Seeds:
    • Squeeze the overripe tomatoes into a small container to release the seeds and pulp. Add a bit of water and let it ferment for a few days. This process helps separate the seeds from the pulp.
  3. Rinse and Dry Seeds:
    • After fermentation, rinse the seeds thoroughly and spread them on a paper towel to dry.
  4. Prepare Hanging Containers:
    • Fill hanging containers with well-draining potting mix or a mix of coconut coir and perlite. Make sure there are drainage holes.
  5. Plant Seeds:
    • Plant the dried cherry tomato seeds in the hanging containers, pressing them gently into the soil.
  6. Watering:
    • Water the soil lightly after planting. Ensure that the soil stays consistently moist but not waterlogged.
  7. Hang Containers in a Sunny Location:
    • Hang the containers in a sunny location where the plants will receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.
  8. Minimal Care:
    • These tomatoes are grown to be low-maintenance, so don’t fuss too much over them. Water occasionally, especially during dry spells.
  9. Encourage Trailing Growth:
    • As the cherry tomato plants grow, they will naturally trail down. You can gently guide them to encourage this trailing growth.
  10. Harvesting:
    • Once the cherry tomatoes ripen, harvest them as needed. The trailing growth will create a beautiful hanging display of ripe cherry tomatoes.
  11. Seed Saving:
    • Allow some tomatoes to overripen and fall. Collect the seeds for future plantings.

This method takes advantage of the natural process of seed fermentation within the overripe tomatoes, making it a unique and experimental way to grow cherry tomatoes with minimal care. Keep in mind that the success of this method may vary, and some additional care might be needed depending on your specific growing conditions.