Last year, my wife got to taste some Sungold tomatoes from a friend’s garden. One taste and she wanted us to grow them ourselves. So I bought a packet of seeds and started my plants indoors. We live in zone 5, so we can’t plant tomatoes until the end of May. Tomatoes do not handle frost well. So to get a head start I started my seeds indoors under a grow light, 8 weeks before I plan to set them outside. I started them in small peet pellets and transported them into large peet containers once the plants had 4 leaves.

So what are Sungold tomatoes? They are cherry tomatoes, that have a vivid orange color. They are a very sweet tomato, which is what my wife loved. Here is some more information about them.

When to Plant
I will transplant my plants in the end of May, when I can be sure there will be no more frost.

How Long Until Harvest
It will take about 67 days from when I transplant my plants until I will have my first harvest. So that will most likely be the end of July or beginning of August.

Can You Directly Sow?
I think if you leave in a warm enough climate you will have time to directly sow. But if you live in a place where the first frost will hit in mid October or earlier, I would recommend starting them indoors first or to buy plants from a quality nursery.

Determinate or Indeterminate?
Indeterminate. This means that the plant will continue to produce fruit until frost kills it. These plants does best when they are pruned of any suckers, that is growth from the joints of the branches. These plants need good support.


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I'm Eric. I live in Ann Arbor, MI with my wife, 3 kids, and a flock of ducks. I love grocery shopping, trying new fruits, farmer's market, and traveling.

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