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Sungold Stats

Height: 48 - 96" (1.22-2.44 m)
Plant Spacing: 24 - 36" (0.61-0.91 m)
Row Spacing: 24 - 36" (0.61-0.91 m)
Days to Maturity: 55 - 80
Growing Habit: Indeterminate
Sun: Full Sun
Color: Gold, Orange
Size: Small
Shape: Small
Genetic Type: Hybrid
Variety Type: Cherry, Non-Reds
Disease Resistance: V, F, FF, N, A, T, St

Common Uses

Salads, fresh, pasta, sauces

Other Names

Sun Gold

Information for Sungold

Developed by the Tokita Seed Co., Ltd the Sungold tomato cultivar is a hybrid cherry type first released in Japan in 1992. The vigorous indeterminate plant bears fruits which are bright gold to apricot orange in color. The small globes measuring about 1.25" (30 mm) across and weighing half an ounce (14 g) each grow in large clusters with 10 to 15 fruits in grape like trusses.

A mid season grower that is popular in all climates producing well in both cold and warm weather, its flavor develops early and the fruits mature early, especially during the warmer months. As a prolific grower, these tomatoes are likely to be the first and last in the garden during the season.

The Sungold plants well in early spring, specifically during February to March in a greenhouse and from March to April outdoors. This plant thrives best in moist, well drained soil with some compost before maturity.

Even watering along with full sun exposure are also recommended. Due to the high production yield of this variety, it is best supported with a tomato cage to avoid tipping over and fruit problems.

Sungolds have an exceptionally sweet flavor and it's known for its low acidity and high sugar content making it one of the favorite cherry tomato varieties around. Thanks to the full flavor of these tomatoes, they can be eaten fresh off the vine and make a great addition to salads as well.

It is also a favored ingredient in pasta and sauces. Sungold tomatoes are usually found in fresh markets since these may be prone to cracking and splitting when shipped. Seeds for this variety may be found in both catalogs and local seed shops.

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