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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Sweet Tangerine'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Tangerine

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:
American hybrid

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Fusarium Wilt (F)
Verticillium Wilt (V)
Root Nematodes (N)

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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8 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive phelancolorado On Aug 14, 2014, phelancolorado from Boulder, CO wrote:

Has produced well in Colorado at 7000 ft. elevation, but seems to not be resistant to Verticillium wilt this season.

Positive gardentechy On Jul 24, 2012, gardentechy from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

Sweet Tangerine has beautiful and tasty fruit. It has performed well in Los Angeles.

Positive rjogden On May 2, 2011, rjogden from Gainesville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Tangerine contains CIS-lycopene (red varieties have mostly the TRANS form). Food made from Tangerine tomatoes has been shown in a controlled experiment to result in higher levels of lycopene in the blood and in lower oxidative damage.

Positive nutmegnana On Aug 28, 2010, nutmegnana from Adamstown, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

We have been growing Sweet Tangerine for a couple of years and always get a high yield of excellent tomatoes. This year I was very late starting seeds and we have had a very hot, dry summer but Sweet Tangerine has been producing heavily the past two weeks. The fruit is medium-sized, very regular shaped and it seems to be quite resistant to disease as well as not terribly attractive to garden pests. My adult children request it whenever they come to us looking for tomatoes!

Positive toughgardengeek On Jan 22, 2010, toughgardengeek from Bethpage, NY wrote:

I tried this last year and will be growing it again. Very tasty and sweet, you can eat it like a peach. A good crop even though we had a wet cool summer. Burpee did not list the disease resistance, but I did not have any problems.

Positive ikea88 On Aug 23, 2009, ikea88 from Fairfax, VA wrote:

I have always grown this one in less than ideal conditions, but it usually performs well. Moderate yield but the flavors are very good. Resistant to cracking and TMV. Sometimes it can have a more indeterminate growing habit.

Positive passiflora_pink On Feb 28, 2007, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

This was a vigorous plant despite my hot summer. The fruits were sweet and delicious.

Positive Mischka On Jul 19, 2002, Mischka from Webster, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very prolific producer of tennis ball-sized golden fruits. This variety is good for southern gardens; it is early enough to set fruit before the high heat of summer begins. This is a determinate variety, so be prepared for a big harvest at once.

Best used fresh in salads or blanch, peel and cook slightly and serve over pasta. I tried canning them - flavor remained, but color faded somewhat. Freezing is a better alternative.

I have grown Sweet Tangerine for three seasons, not including 2002. High yields and sweet flavor will continue to earn Sweet Tangerine its' place in my garden.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pelham, Alabama
Van Nuys, California
Kailua, Hawaii
Adamstown, Maryland
Webster, Massachusetts
Flint, Michigan
Fairfax, Virginia

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