Are you struggling to pick the sweetest Cherry Tomato, particularly between Sweet Million and Sweet 100? Here is a fun fact -they are hardly different!
Nonetheless, both Cherry Tomato varieties make perfect culinary additions.
Read on to determine what exactly differentiates Sweet Million from Sweet 100 Tomatoes.
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Overview Of Sweet Million Tomato & Sweet 100
Sweet Million and Sweet 100 are hybrid Tomato varieties from the common Tomato family ‘Solanaceae.’
Nonetheless, the intention of creating these hybrids from selective breeding was the same, to provide exceptional sweetness, especially for sauces and garnishes, and high productivity.
Both varieties are indeterminate species, meaning they will continue to grow and produce fruiting throughout the growing season (summer) until frost arrives.
Sweet Million and Sweet 100 can grow tall and bushier, often reaching 6 feet (1.8 m) or taller.
Moreover, they are highly productive seeds, often yielding 100 or more Tomatoes per plant, and resistant to diseases like verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, and tobacco mosaic virus.
They would make great garden companions but be wary of the soil type and watering, which differs slightly.
Sweet Million Tomatoes Vs Sweet 100: Differences
Many consumers confuse Sweet 100 with Sweet Million because of their similar size and flavor, which is also true with Super Sweet 100 vs. Sweet 10 Tomatoes.
Although from the same Solanum family, Sweet Million and Sweet 100 share some stark dissimilarities.
|Characteristics||Sweet Million||Sweet 100|
|Botanical Name||Lycopersicon lycopersisum 'Sweet Million'||Solanum lycopersicum 'Sweet 100'|
|Fruit Size||1-1.5 inch (3-3.81 cm)||1 inch (3 cm)|
|Plant Growth||8-12 feet (2.4 to 3.6 m.) tall||4-8 feet (1.2 to 2.4 m.) tall|
|Harvest After||60-65||70 days|
|USDA||2 to 12||3 to 9|
|Soil pH||6.2 – 6.8||6.0 – 6.8|
|Watering||2 inch per week||1 inch per week|
|Soil Type||Rich and moist soil||Rich and well-drained soil|
Here are a few things you should remember.
1. Soil Type and pH
One of the stark differences between Sweet Million and Sweet 100 is the soil type.
Sweet Million prefers organically rich and moist soil, while Sweet 100 prefers rich, well-draining soil.
Similarly, the soil pH for Sweet Million lies between 6.2 and 6.8, while Sweet 100 prefers slightly acidic soil.
2. Watering Requirement
Care to provide two inches of water weekly in spring and summer to ensure a healthy growing Sweet Million.
These Tomato vines begin producing fruits sooner than Sweet 100, usually 60 days; hence, requiring more water and moist soil.
Sweet 100 will do with one inch of water weekly because it hates sitting on waterlogged soil.
3. Fruit Size and Skin Cracking
Although negligible, one way to differentiate between the two Tomato varieties is the size.
Sweet 100 boasts a more miniature size and strictly measures about 0.5 to 1 inch (1.3-2.5 cm) in diameter.
Similarly, Sweet Million’s fruit skin is more crack-proof than Sweet 100, which may crack upon handling or cooking, especially boiling.
4. Fruit Production
Both varieties are highly productive, but Sweet Million Tomatoes are known for their particularly abundant fruit production.
It can produce over 100 fruits per plant in a single season.
On the other hand, Sweet 100 Tomatoes may produce up to 100 fruits per plant in a single season.
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Some gardeners may find Sweet Million to have a slightly more intense sweetness.
If you are more particular about flavor, you can always pick Sweet Million or Super Sweet 100, a hybrid of Sweet 100.
Provide additional nutrients by side-dressing with compost or applying a balanced liquid fertilizer to boost the fruit production of these Tomatoes.