The Jolly tomato was the 2001 All-America Selections award winner in the tomato category, and growing an award winner always tips the scales in your favor. That's because expert gardeners throughout the U.S. have judged the Jolly cherry tomato to be outstanding compared to other varieties of the same type. The interior is meaty, the flavor wonderfully sweet and the Jolly is also noted for resistance to cracking.
The designation F1-Hybrid tells you this variety has been cross-produced from two distinct "pure" tomatoes. Because 'Jolly' is an F1, or first-generation hybrid, it should have better-than-average vigor and give more uniform and bigger yields. But if you save seeds for next year you'll probably not recognize, or like, the tomatoes produced.
The Jolly cherry tomatoes have an interesting peach or oval shape, with little points on the blossom end. The indeterminate (tall-growing) vines are quite productive and the fruit grow in clusters of nine or more. Like all indeterminate varieties I'd recommend staking or caging as the vines will sprawl.
Jolly cherry tomatoes are vigorous and easy to grow from seedlings purchased at your garden center or grow from seed indoors. They can be planted outdoors when the soil warms. Recommended safe planting dates can be found in when to plant tomatoes.
Average Size: 11/2 ounces
Seed Type: F-1 Hybrid
Plant Characteristics: Indeterminate; regular leaf; high yield
Maturity: Mid-season: 70 days after transplant