Tomato Solanum lycopersicum 'Cocktail Crush'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
tomato 'Cocktail Crush'


The Cocktail Crush tomato plant is known for its abundant yield of small, vibrant tomatoes that closely resemble a cherry tomato in size and shape. The fruits boast a deep red color with a smooth and glossy skin, encapsulating a juicy and sweet flesh that's both tangy and refreshing. This variety typically bears fruit in clusters, making them resemble a grape bunch appearance. The plant itself carries dark green, slightly lobed leaves with a typical leaf structure found in tomato plants. Flowers on this plant are yellow and star-shaped, heralding the coming of the small tomatoes. The Cocktail Crush tomato plant has a sturdy and bushy growth habit, supporting the weight of numerous fruits that dangle from the vines. Overall, it is a prolific producer, prized for its cocktail-sized tomatoes that are perfectly suited for fresh eating, salads, and as a colorful garnish.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Tomato, Cherry Tomato.

    • Common names

      Solanum lycopersicum

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name of Solanum lycopersicum 'Cocktail Crush' is tomato. Tomatoes are generally considered non-toxic to humans when ripe and consumed in moderation. However, unripe tomatoes and tomato plants contain solanine, a substance that can be toxic in large quantities. Solanine poisoning can cause gastrointestinal upset, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. In very rare cases and with significant ingestion, it could lead to more severe symptoms like dizziness, headache, and in extreme circumstances, respiratory problems, or even coma. Nevertheless, poisoning from consuming ripe tomatoes or parts of the tomato plant is uncommon in humans.

    • To pets

      The common name of Solanum lycopersicum 'Cocktail Crush' is tomato. While the ripe tomato fruit is generally regarded as safe for pets in small quantities, the green parts of the tomato plant — the stem and leaves — contain solanine and tomatine, which can be harmful to pets if ingested in significant amounts. Symptoms of poisoning in pets can include gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting and diarrhea, lethargy, confusion, an increased heart rate, and in severe cases, tremors or seizures. It is important for pet owners to keep pets away from tomato plants to prevent the possibility of solanine or tomatine poisoning.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (91-122 cm)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (61-91 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Nutritional Value: Rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C and antioxidants like lycopene.
    • Home Gardening: Suitable for home gardens and can be grown in pots or containers for urban gardening.
    • Culinary Versatility: The fruits can be used in a variety of dishes, from salads to sauces.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: The plant offers ornamental value with its clusters of small, round fruits.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Attracts bees and other pollinators, which are beneficial for the garden ecosystem.
    • Easy to Grow: It’s a hardy plant suitable for gardeners of all levels, including beginners.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Lycopene Content: Tomato plants, including Solanum lycopersicum, are known for their high lycopene content, an antioxidant that may help protect against certain types of cancers.
    • Vitamin C: Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin C which is essential for the immune system and for skin health.
    • Potassium: High in potassium, tomatoes can contribute to heart health and help regulate blood pressure.
    • Folate: Contains folate which is important for pregnant women and contributes to overall health.
    • Dietary Fiber: Tomatoes provide dietary fiber which aids in digestion and might contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease.
    This list reflects general attributes of tomatoes, including Solanum lycopersicum, but does not specifically refer to the 'Cocktail Crush' variety which may not have been explicitly studied for medical properties.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Tomato plants like Solanum lycopersicum 'Cocktail Crush' can be used in companion planting to protect other crops from insects or to enhance their growth, such as planting them next to basil to help repel flies and mosquitoes.
    • The acidity of tomatoes can be a natural deodorizer; rubbing tomato juice on surfaces can help neutralize unpleasant odors.
    • A broken tomato stem can be used as a natural pest deterrent due to its strong scent which can discourage certain garden pests.
    • Tomatoes can be used in educational activities for children, teaching them about the process of plant growth, photosynthesis, and the lifecycle of plants.
    • When tomatoes are overly ripe and unfit for consumption, they can be added to a compost pile to enrich the soil as they break down due to their nutrient content.
    • Gardeners sometimes plant tomato plants like Solanum lycopersicum to provide support for climbing plants that benefit from the structure provided by tomato cages or stakes.
    • Creating a tomato ink or dye from the juice of overripe tomatoes is a unique way to use the natural pigments for art projects or fabric coloring.
    • Macerated tomatoes can be used to refresh copper cookware by dipping a cloth in the tomato and salt mixture and scrubbing to remove tarnish.
    • Green, unripe tomatoes can be used to create pickles or chutneys, providing an interesting twist to traditional recipes.
    • The leaves and stem of the tomato plant can be boiled to create a natural insecticide spray due to the presence of solanine, a substance that can be toxic to insects.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The tomato plant is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The tomato plant is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love and Passion: As the common name of Solanum lycopersicum 'Cocktail Crush' is tomato, tomatoes symbolize love and passion due to their red color and because they were historically considered an aphrodisiac.
    • Fertility: Tomatoes are also associated with fertility, reflecting the fruit's plentiful seeds and the plant's prolific production.
    • Good Health: Due to tomatoes being rich in vitamins and considered nutritious, they represent good health and vitality.
    • Luck: In some cultures, tomatoes are thought to bring good luck, especially if grown at the front of the house.
    • Protection: Folk beliefs sometimes regard tomatoes as having protective qualities, warding off negative influences in the environment where they are grown.

Every 1-2 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring to Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Tomato plants need to be watered deeply and regularly to maintain even soil moisture. For the 'Cocktail Crush' variety, aim to water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which typically amounts to 1-2 times per week, depending on weather conditions. Use approximately 1-2 gallons of water per plant each time you water, ensuring you're moistening the soil at least 6 inches deep. Avoid overhead watering to reduce the risk of disease, and instead water at the base of the plant.

  • sunLight

    The 'Cocktail Crush' tomato requires full sun to produce the best yields. Position the plant in a spot where it will receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Avoid locations where buildings, trees, or other structures will shade the plant for a significant part of the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The tomato plant prefers temperatures between 70°F and 85°F for optimal growth. Temperatures below 50°F or above 95°F can hinder fruit production and growth. The 'Cocktail Crush' can tolerate minor frosts, but it is best to protect it from temperatures below 32°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning 'Cocktail Crush' tomatoes is essential to encourage airflow and reduce disease. Remove suckers and any leaves touching the ground. Prune lightly throughout the growing season; however, the most extensive pruning should occur early in the season when the plant is about 1-3 feet tall.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tomato 'Cocktail Crush' thrives in a well-drained, nutrient-rich soil mix with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8. An ideal mix might include equal parts of compost, peat moss, perlite, and worm castings to ensure good aeration and moisture retention while providing essential nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Tomato 'Cocktail Crush' should be repotted annually at the start of the growing season when planted in containers. Repot to a larger container to accommodate root growth and refresh the soil to maintain nutrient levels.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tomato 'Cocktail Crush' performs best at moderate humidity levels, around 40-70%. Maintaining this range helps prevent issues like blossom end rot and fungal diseases often caused by high humidity.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, stake, fertilize regularly, and maintain warmth for indoor tomatoes.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, stake for support, water regularly, protect from frost.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Solanum lycopersicum 'Cocktail Crush', commonly known as the tomato plant, begins with seed germination, which occurs upon exposure to appropriate moisture and temperature conditions. The seedling stage follows, characterized by the emergence of the plant's first leaves and the development of a root system. As the plant enters the vegetative stage, it develops a stronger stem and more leaves, preparing for photosynthesis and growth. Transitioning to the flowering stage, the tomato plant produces yellow flowers that, once pollinated, lead to fruit development. The fruiting stage is marked by green tomatoes that mature to a bright red, signaling ripeness and readiness for harvest. After the fruits are harvested, the plant will eventually senesce and die, unless it is an indeterminate variety that continues growing and producing fruit until conditions become inhospitable.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Solanum lycopersicum 'Cocktail Crush', commonly known as the tomato plant, is typically propagated through seeds. Seed propagation is most popular and is done by sowing seeds indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before the last expected frost date. To propagate tomatoes from seeds, fill a seed tray or small pots with a sterile seed starting mix and plant the seeds about 1/4 inch deep. Cover lightly with more of the starting mix, water gently but thoroughly, and place in a warm spot with plenty of light. The seeds usually germinate within 5 to 10 days if kept at around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 27 degrees Celsius). After germination, seedlings require ample sunlight or artificial light to grow strong, being careful not to overwater. Once the seedlings have grown and the danger of frost has passed, they can be transplanted outdoors into the garden or larger containers.