Growing Sungold Cherry Tomato Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Sungold'
- Other Names: Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, sungold tomatoes
- Days to Maturity: 57 days
- Hardiness Zone: Annual, not intended for overwintering
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 14-20” staked; 24-36” unstaked
- Row Spacing: 3’
- Growth Habit: Indeterminate vines, typically growing 3 to 5’ tall; 1” fruit weighing approximately 1 oz.
- Soil Preference: Prefers rich soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8; Tolerates slightly acidic soil down to a pH of 5.5
- Temp Preference: Soil at 60-95 degrees F for germination
- Light Preference: Full sun, at least 6 hours per day
- Pests/diseases: Tomato hornworms, aphids, whiteflies, Colorado potato beetle, cutworms, flea beetles, blossom end rot, catface, early blight, late blight, Verticillium wilt
- Color: Golden orange fruit
- Flavor: Very sweet
Sungold Cherry Tomato Seed Growth Habits:
Sungold tomatoes grow on indeterminate vines that typically reach 3 to 5' tall during the growing season. Using a stake or tomato cage can help ensure there is enough airflow to keep the plant healthy and will keep the fruit up off the ground.
The golden orange cherry tomatoes will appear in clusters of 10 to 20 fruits. An excellent choice for growing in containers.
Sungold tomato seeds should be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before they are transplanted outside after the threat of frost has passed. Be sure to harden off the cherry tomato seedlings before transplanting, as the leaves can be quite sensitive to sun scald.
Various Uses for Sungold Cherry Tomatoes:
Sungold cherry tomatoes are prized for their sweetness and bright, cheery color, making them ideal for fresh eating. The 1" fruits are often used on fresh salads, however, Sungold tomatoes are so sweet that they can be eaten as a snack on their own.
Sungold Tomato Benefits:
Sungold cherry tomatoes are high in Vitamin A, which contributes to eye and skin health. Tomatoes, in general, are a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant that contributes to a healthy heart. Tomatoes also contain Vitamin B, Vitamin K, calcium, and potassium, which means they are often a great choice for adding to a healthy diet.
All varieties of tomatoes are part of the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family, which means they are related to potatoes, peppers, eggplant, tobacco, and a wide variety of ornamentals. Because these crops are susceptible to the same types of diseases, it's recommended that you plant them in soils that have not grown a member of the Solanaceae family in the previous year.