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Tomato 'Sungold'

Solanum lycopersicum 'F1 Sungold'

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H3-H1b

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

60cm

50cm

Min

30cm

75 days to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Roughly 45-90 days until maturity. Ripe tomatoes are firm but slightly soft and a deep ripe colour and varying sizes. Fruit bruises easily so only "palm" the tomatoes, don't squeeze. Gently pick them off the stem once ripe or remove a branch and allow to dry while picking the fruit as they ripen.

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Tomato 'Sungold' Overview

Tomato 'Sungold' is a beautiful orange cherry tomato cultivar that has a vigorous habit. It produces tomatoes that have an outstanding flavour and are resistant to cracking. As it is noted for its flavour and productivity, it has been given an RHS award of garden merit.

Common problems with Tomato 'Sungold'

Pests include cutworms, hornworms and bollworm, cabbage loopers, tomato fruit worms and Colorado potato beetles. Diseases include the tobacco mosaic virus.

Tomato 'Sungold' Companion Plants

Interplanting your tomatoes with other strong scented plants can help to mask the tomato plant from unwanted pests. Examples of these are the onion family (Chives, Garlic) and the mints (Spearmint, Oregano and Basil). The best known and most commonly used is Tagetes patula (French marigold), although some believe it can subtly change the flavour of the fruit. Grow Borage, Queens Anne Lace, Parsley and Dill to protect against Tomato Hornworm. These flowers will attract adult parasitic wasps and other predatory flies that feed on their umbellifer flowers. The larvae of these wasps feed on the Tomato hornworm, while the flies will feed ob various tomato pests. Asparagus produces Asparagus acid. When grown near tomato plants, this acid will repel nematodes that are known to attack. Tomato plants also protect Asparagus as they contain Solanine, a type of poison that kills the Asparagus beetle. Ground cover plants, including mints, stabilize moisture loss round tomato plants and other Solanaceae, which come from very humid climates, these can help prevent moisture-related problems like blossom end rot.

How to propagate Tomato 'Sungold'

Seed

Sow indoors and transplant seedlings once they are 15-25 cm tall. Bury at least two-thirds of the stem to encourage root growth and a stronger plant. Space seedlings 60 cm apart and water thoroughly.

Cuttings

Cutting root easily if placed in a glass of water.

Special features of Tomato 'Sungold'

Crop rotation

Tomatoes are heavy feeders and require well-fertilized soil. Rotate annually to prevent nutrient depletion of the soil.

Attracts useful insects

Insects such as bees.

Attractive fruits

Pot plant

Can be grown in a container or hanging basket 60 cm wide and deep; however, they will grow in smaller containers when provided the additional care.

Other uses of Tomato 'Sungold'

Edible

The fruit is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salads, and drinks made into juices, dried or preserved.

Medicinal

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant. It contains Vit A, B, C and K as well as minerals like potassium and Calcium.