Growing Sugary Hybrid Tomato Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Solanum lycoperscium
- Variety: “Sugary Hybrid”
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- Days to Maturity: 60-65 days
- Hardiness Zones: 3-10
- Planting Depth: ¼"
- Plant Spacing: 2’
- Row Spacing: 3-5’
- Growth Habit: Upright/Bush/Long vine
- Soil Preference: Rich and well-drained with pH 6.2-6.8
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade
- Pests/diseases: Tomato fruitworm, leaf-footed bugs and fusarium wilt
- Color: bright-red fruit with long green vines
- Flavor: Sugary sweet, juicy and bright
Sowing & Growing:
Start by sowing early Sugary Hybrid Tomato seeds indoors 6 weeks before your region’s final frost. Begin hybrid tomato seeds in a greenhouse or in trays in a seed-starting mix. Plant seeds 1/4" deep with 1-2” apart and keep the warm soil most. Germination will take 7-10 days. Once the seedlings have grown at least 4” high, harden off the young Sugary Hybrid Tomato plants by gradually exposing them to outside temperatures for 1 week. Before you transplant outdoors, gently remove all sets of leaves except for the top cotyledon. Till soil and dig holes 8-12” deep to place the tomato plant almost beneath the soil, with only the top set of leaves set above. Plant Sugary Hybrid Tomato seeds with 2’ apart and 3-5’ spaced in between rows. Use a trellis or stake to support the vigorous growth of tomato plants, as they actively develop into a dense upright bush. As some gardeners make their own trellis, make sure it’s 5-6’ tall to support the tender tomato plants. With thread, tie the vines so they’ll climb upright or gently weave them. Transplanting in mid-May or by Mother’s Day is one gardening guideline, as long as temperatures are in the range of 75-85℉. These sweet cherry hybrid tomatoes prefer soil that is rich, well-drained with a pH of 6.2-6.8. Use a liquid fertilizer at the time of sowing. Once your Sugary Hybrid Tomatoes are transplanted, sprinkle vermiculite and a peat moss mix over the soil throughout their development. It’s recommended to use either drip irrigation or mulch to help keep Sugary Hybrid seeds properly moist. Water tomato hybrid varieties 1” per week and in the morning to allow the soil to drain throughout the day.
The ideal time for harvest depends on which tomato seed variety you’ve chosen. Generally, tomatoes are categorized into three seasons as: early, mid and late-season crops. As Sugary Hybrids are an early season tomato, their fast-growing seeds will be ready 60-65 days from the sowing date. Harvest tomato plants by gently pulling the fruit from their calyx hat with one hand, while holding the stem with the other. Once this tomato variety has grown 1-2’ high, handle the vigorous growth of their long tender vines by pruning your plants and cutting back the smaller sets of tomato branches with gardening shears. Cherry hybrid tomatoes such as these produce sugary sweetness that will make you wonder how such a small 2 oz fruit could pack so much bright and juicy flavor. As Sugary Hybrid Tomatoes are semi-determinate, these warm season annuals should provide an active and generous crop with an abundant harvest. With such a productive late summer tomato crop, there will be many options for you to try. Whether it’s a bright salad or baked as a rich creamy tomato sauce, there’s plenty of time for you to win your own gardening award!
Sugary Hybrid Tomato seeds were first developed in 1968 by Mr. Wun-Yu Chen. These hybrid cherry varieties originally came from Taiwan and are known for high production and sweetness, despite their small fruit size.