Sun Gold Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes such as the Sun Gold tomatoes variety are prolific producers that add splashes of colorful taste into summer salads.
This delicious cultivar produces bright orange cherry tomatoes that taste sugary sweet! You are in for a real treat from the tall, vigorous growing plants that bear fruity clusters.
Before planting, mix a fertilizer high in phosphorus into the soil. This application will take care of the plant until the first fruits are set. Feed then and every month while the fruit is developing. Stop fertilizing when the tomatoes near maturity.
How to plant
Where gardening space is limited, plant these tall-growing tomato plants at the back of the flower garden or tie them to a wire fence. There is some evidence that the prime crops grown in tomato cages may be due to the growth stimulating effect of the electromagnetic field set up by wire cage frames.
Sow the sun gold tomatoes seeds indoors 5-7 weeks prior to setting out transplanting after last frost date. When you grow or purchase transplants, aim for the ideal, which is a stocky plant. Unlike other plants, tomatoes are set deep in the soil. Plant them so that the first leaves are just above the soil line. Plant leggy plants horizontally so roots will form along the buried stem.
* Choosing varieties that are well suited to your climate is key in ensuring a successful crop.
* Choose disease resistant cultivars whenever possible.
* Avoid planting too early in the season.
* Sun Gold tomato plants require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
* The plants can be grown in hanging baskets to drape down several feet or more.
If you have trouble with diseases in your area, look for a wilt-resistant variety. Both fusarium and vertically wilt live over from year to year in the soil, causing the vines to die. The plants will wilt even with good soil moisture. If your soil is infested, the only solution other than sterilizing the soil is to use resistant type plants. Where nematodes make it difficult to grow tomatoes, look for plants resistant to these root feeders. Resistance is indicated by the initials (V) Verticillium, (F) Fusarium, and (N) Nematode.
Tomatoes adapt well to container growing. Compensate for the restricted root space by applying fertilizers lightly but frequently. A special soil mix will pay extra dividends in healthier plants and improved harvests. Make your own potting mix by mixing equal amounts of peat moss and vermiculite. Dampen the peat moss and mix it roughly with the vermiculite. Over the pile, spread 5-10-10 fertilizer, superphosphate, and agricultural lime. Mix very thoroughly.
In container gardens, as the plants grow the need for water and nutrients increases. If you have unfavorable soil, potential soil diseases, or nematodes, growing Sun Gold tomatoes in containers may be your solution for success. Water the plants with a diluted liquid fertilizer. Care
Indeterminates like Sun Gold tomatoes continue growing and setting fruit all season, usually requiring a cage or stake. This variety produces fruit that is usually about 1 inch in diameter. These small fruited plants are vigorous, tall, viney growers producing abundant crops.
Sun Gold cherry tomatoes are ready for harvesting in 57 days. From the 16th century Spanish word for tomato, linguists believe the correct pronunciation is to-mah-to. Regardless if you pronounce it, to-may-toes, the fruit continues to be the number one garden vegetable grown!
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