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'Sungold' Tomatoes
 
Sub-Category: Cherry
Early-Season
 
Description: F1 hybrid. Early-season cherry type fruit. 3 to 5 feet tall indeterminate plants bear 1 3/8 inch by 7/8 inch, oval to oblong, firm, meaty, clustered, golden-orange sweet fruit with few seeds and free of cracking. For greenhouse or field production. Disease resistant variety. Resistance to tobacco mosaic virus and Fusarium wilt race 1. About 57 to 60 days to maturity. Also known as 'Sun Gold'.
Days To Maturity: 57-60
Seed Sources: Totally Tomato - updated in 2016
Johnny's Selected Seeds - updated in 2016
Thompson & Morgan US Seed Co. - updated in 2016

 
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Overall: (4.6 Stars)Overall
Taste: (4.7 Stars)Taste
Yield: (4.7 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (4.7 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 04/17/2017 by lizmom - An experienced gardener

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Franklin, Ohio, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

If you have one cherry tomato, it must be this one. Taste is unbelievable!
 
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Reviewed on 05/13/2016 by AveryD - An experienced gardener

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Livingston, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Excellent taste and great agronomic traits. Huge indeterminate plant and heavy yielder.
 

Reviewed on 03/18/2016 by thejahn - An intermediate gardener

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Broome, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

This is a test. Please ignore this review.
 

Reviewed on 09/08/2015 by Sweet Meadow Farm - An intermediate gardener

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Tompkins, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Been a great year for Sungolds--not too much rain, so that means there are few, if any cracked fruits. Plants remained pretty much free from septoria, but this is my first year in this garden.\\r\\n\\r\\nUpdate: 2016--very dry year, but Sungold is still a winner. Fewer fruits this year, but still tasty and a great cherry tomato.
 

Reviewed on 04/12/2015 by Obie1knobe - An intermediate gardener

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Caldwell, North Carolina, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Not Sure
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

When grown from seed, not always true to type.
 

Reviewed on 03/04/2015 by Adriann - A novice gardener

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Middlesex, Connecticut, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Not Sure
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Sungold is definitely my favorite tomatoes to grow. The taste is incredible and, thanks also to its high yields, was a fun after school snack for my kids, right off the vine! As with all my tomatoes last year (2014), the transplanted seedlings seemed to take longer than neighbors' store bought plants to start producing fruit (plus I planted in an area that received less sunlight than I'd have liked.) Despite that, once mature, the plants produced an abundance of tomatoes well into November with consistent quality. -They do require trellising/caging. Because the plants did so well, the cheap tomato cages I had weren't sufficient and I had to get creative to keep them off the ground. -I planted nasturtium, marigolds, basil, carrots, peppers, and watermelon around them as companions. -Prior to transplanting, I treated the ground with Epsom salt. -Store bought, lanscaping hay was used as mulch. -Completely organic to the best of my knowledge & had no problems with bugs nor disease. This year I plan on spacing and trellising them better, to make it easier to access the fruit and allow more airflow. I may consider planting them in hanging baskets/containers as a crop rotation alternative.
 
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Reviewed on 02/09/2015 by RebeccaD - An intermediate gardener

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Jefferson, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Not Sure
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Yes - candy on a bush! Couldn't keep my neighbor out of them and a 3 yr old called them candy. Had a problem with blight on all my other varieties but not Sungold. Produced up to the freeze. Family and friends insist I have them every year.
 
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Reviewed on 02/15/2014 by swlindy - An intermediate gardener

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Cochise, Arizona, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Great tasting, prolific.
 

Reviewed on 12/20/2013 by Roger1963 - An experienced gardener

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Schuyler, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

This variety performed well with great yields and great taste. If I had one problem with this tomato it was too quick to split.
 
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Reviewed on 12/04/2013 by kcolarusso - An intermediate gardener

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St. Lawrence, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Prolific tomato plants with lots of sweet fruit! This is a fantastic variety to grow! Even people that claimed not to like tomatoes enjoyed these.
 
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Reviewed on 12/01/2013 by nmeohen1 - An experienced gardener

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Cortland, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

This is a near perfect little tomato...grew like crazy, couldn\\\'t keep up with the picking, needed just about nothing from me but a little love and staking.
 
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Reviewed on 12/01/2013 by nmeohen1 - An experienced gardener

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Cortland, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

This is a near perfect little tomato...grew like crazy, couldn't keep up with the picking, needed just about nothing from me but a little love and staking.
 

Reviewed on 11/27/2013 by CCEOnondaga - An experienced gardener

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Onondaga, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

The only downside of this tomato is how hard it is to keep up with the harvesting...and it's rambling growth habit can be a bit unruly. We always get a good to excellent yield, even in the worst tomato years. And I have yet to meet someone who doesn't love these little fruits. "They taste like candy" is one of the most common comments we here when people try these.
 

Reviewed on 11/11/2013 by CCE Oneida County - An intermediate gardener

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Oneida, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Unfortunately the tomato plants in our demonstration garden were hit with blight and had to be destroyed. However, some of our gardeners that grew these said this was a perfect tomatoe for salads due to their sweetness and beautiful yellow color. A great tomato. RB
 
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Reviewed on 06/29/2013 by Mark in Indiana - An experienced gardener

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Owen, Indiana, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

When I grow cherry varieties I like em sweet. The sun gold have good flavor but almost all will split within seconds of picking them. It is the price of a very thin skin. A better flavored variety that rarely splits is the sun sugar. Identical in almost every way to the sun gold but better flavor and not prone to splitting. Both plants are prolific growers. If not pruned 15\' of height and 10\' diameters can easily be achieved. At the end of the season 30lbs. of tomatoes were discarded off of the plant. We are a family of 7 and a single plant keeps us supplied with as many as we can eat daily. It is a very simple plant also, not seemingly as prone to blight as other varieties. We will add these tomatoes to our homemade tomato soups when canning and eliminate most to all sugar in the recipe....they are that sweet. It saves money when you do large batch canning like we do (400 jars or more). Again, it is a good tasting tomato that will not keep because it suffers from splits. The sun sugar would be a better choice.
 
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Reviewed on 03/03/2013 by JoeBaum - An intermediate gardener

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Great variety, I grow it each year as my only orange cherry tomato. Flavor and productivity are great, my only knock is they seem to be a little more prone to cracking than some of my other cherry tomatoes. Still the best non-red I\'ve found.
 
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Reviewed on 09/05/2012 by compost lady - An experienced gardener

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Westchester, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Sun gold is a staple in my garden every year! It is easy to grow, has a sweet taste, high yield and easy to grow. This is the only hybrid tomato I grow in my garden.
 

Reviewed on 05/24/2012 by Miket - An experienced gardener

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Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Excellent and unique tasting cherry tomato with very high yields. Even sweeter if they are left on the vine till orange, but That\'s hard to do.
 

Reviewed on 01/28/2012 by groundhog - An experienced gardener

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Loudoun, Virginia, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Not Sure
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Would not be summer without sungold tomatoes. Snack on them when working in the garden for a pick-me-up.
 
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Reviewed on 01/23/2012 by Soilgeek - An experienced gardener

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Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan, Alaska, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Love this tomato! Usually one of the first to fruit in the greenhouse! One year my first fruit was May 25th. Sweet goodness
 
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Reviewed on 01/15/2012 by sadie - An experienced gardener

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All Counties, Ontario, Canada
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

The taste is very, very good--rich with a spicy undertone. They are almost orange when ready. Although I tend to prefer heirlooms, I will grown this hybrid again.
 

Reviewed on 12/29/2011 by gardengrover - An experienced gardener

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Alachua, Florida, United States
Frost Free Season: More than 203 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Easy to grow, delicious to eat, produces for months - this is a great tomato.
 

Reviewed on 12/24/2011 by IraH - An experienced gardener

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Chenango, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

i grow all open pollinated varieties starting every plant that goes into my garde from seed and unortunatley sungolds are too good i have to compromise my values in growing this hybrid variety i just couldnt imagine my summers without munching on the sungoldsas i reflect and walk around examining all the other plants.. one thing i do find on a negative note is thier susceptibilty to cracking and this year i did find some of the skins tougher than i cared for bbut the flavor is unsurpassable
 

Reviewed on 08/20/2011 by endresult0710 - A novice gardener

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Orange, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Very abundant, like most cherry tomato plant. If left to turn deep orange, the taste is delicious.
 
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Reviewed on 01/16/2011 by Macadoo - An intermediate gardener

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Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

sweetest tomatoes I have ever grown. 3 grandchildren help me garden and few, if any of these tomatoes make it to the kitchen. Kids eat them like candy.
 
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Reviewed on 01/15/2011 by OhioMG - An experienced gardener

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Huron, Ohio, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

We've grown Sungold for many years. It is the top seller in seedlings for us, selling out (and then some) every year. The pints we offer also sell out at market. This little tomato scores high in our Tastings, and won it two years in a row. My husband says it is not summer without his Sungold cherry tomatoes! Early to bear, late to stop, and prolific beyond imagination. Wonderful flavor, much more balanced than Sunsugar in our opinion. It's a must have variety for us.
 
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Reviewed on 12/27/2010 by Lilikoi - A novice gardener

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San Diego, California, United States
Frost Free Season: Fewer than 103 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Very easy to grow. We had some in full sun and some in partial shade they all thrived and produced. The plants in the sun produced through November, in the shade through October. They crack when harvested if they are very ripe, you can cut off the whole bunch (probably not the correct word) so they will last a bit longer if you fall behind on the harvesting - which is easy to do with these tomatoes. So more like 4 1/2 stars.
 

Reviewed on 12/06/2010 by anr44 - An experienced gardener

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Tompkins, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

My garden is never without sungolds. Being indeterminate, they can get leggy if not properly staked and pruned. However, no matter what you do, they will produce TONS of tomatoes over a nearly two month period. These are often some of the first tomatoes to begin fruiting in my garden, as well as some of the last to stop fruiting. They just keep going! I fell in love with the sweet, fruity flavor of sungolds eating them by the handful in my dad's garden as a kid. If you have a kid who does not like tomatoes, this is THE variety to get them hooked. While their flavor is addictive and extremely satisfying even to an adult, it is not as "tomatoey" as a brandywine, cherokee purple, or other large heirlooms.
 

Reviewed on 08/27/2010 by vschlaff -

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Washtenaw, Michigan, United States
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These are wonderful!!! I wll never plant another type of cherry tomato. My plants did very well. disease resistant. I dried a lot of batches of these. I ate and gave away ton's and still have some on the plants. They do crack, but they still taste good cracked.