Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Yummiest Tomato?
Cherry tomatoes are the most popular type at our Garden Center and leading the pack is one that we have a hard time keeping enough of, Sun Gold! These wonderful little tomatoes are prolific producers that add splashes of colorful and an unmatched taste into your salad.
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.
How to plant
Where gardening space is limited, plant these tall-growing plants at the back of the 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.
Tomatoes adapt well to container growing. Compensate for the restricted root space by applying fertilizer lightly but frequently. A special soil mix will produce healthier plants and improved harvests. In container gardening, 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 may be your solution for success. Water the plants with a diluted liquid fertilizer.
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.