Cherry Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Sungold'

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: Sungold
Additional cultivar information:(aka Sun Gold)
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Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:

Indeterminate

Fruit Shape:

Cherry

Fruit Size:

Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:

Early (55-68 days)

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Gold

Orange

Seed Type:

American hybrid

Usage:

Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:

Fusarium Wilt (F)

Verticillium Wilt (V)

Root Nematodes (N)

Tobacco Mosaic (T)

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Regional

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

Dothan, Alabama

Northport, Alabama

Anchorage, Alaska

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)

Hensley, Arkansas

Springdale, Arkansas

Berkeley, California (2 reports)

Calistoga, California

Capitola, California

Corte Madera, California

Escondido, California (2 reports)

Eureka, California

Long Beach, California

Los Angeles, California

Manteca, California

Martinez, California

Mountain View, California

Oakland, California (2 reports)

Oceanside, California

Orangevale, California

Rocklin, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

Simi Valley, California

South Yuba City, California

Sunnyvale, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Tracy, California

West Hills, California

Denver, Colorado

Fruita, Colorado

Peyton, Colorado

Amston, Connecticut

Westbrook, Connecticut

Wolcott, Connecticut

Miami, Florida

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Lewiston, Idaho

Madison, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Paris, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Inwood, Iowa

West Des Moines, Iowa

Lexington, Kentucky

Slidell, Louisiana

West Friendship, Maryland

Boston, Massachusetts

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Clinton, Massachusetts

East Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Stow, Massachusetts

Upton, Massachusetts

Webster, Massachusetts

Capac, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Forsyth, Missouri

Moberly, Missouri

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Beatrice, Nebraska

Doniphan, Nebraska

Kearney, Nebraska

Reno, Nevada

Greenville, New Hampshire

Bernardsville, New Jersey

Riverdale, New Jersey

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Albany, New York

Deposit, New York

Fort Plain, New York

Pittsford, New York

Syracuse, New York

Wappingers Falls, New York

Drexel, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)

Belfield, North Dakota

Cleveland, Ohio

Vinton, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Corvallis, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Wilsonville, Oregon

King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Warren, Pennsylvania

Chepachet, Rhode Island

North Sioux City, South Dakota

Knoxville, Tennessee

Alpine, Texas

Austin, Texas

Cedar Creek, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas (2 reports)

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Joshua, Texas

Pflugerville, Texas

Mantua, Utah

Amissville, Virginia

Raphine, Virginia

Ahtanum, Washington

Artondale, Washington

Freeland, Washington

Tonasket, Washington

University Place, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

43
positives
3
neutrals
2
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 21, 2014, CalgaryGardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

this is a must have tomato in my garden, it is not just sweet tasting, it is complicated and complex. it is sweet, it has a slight tang but there is a third element that makes this a standout that i haven't found in other cherry tomatoes.

plant grows 8+ feet tall with lots of latter cluster fruits.

i saved the seeds and planted them. the F2 has the sweet and tangy flavour but is missing that 3rd element of the F1. F2 is still really good and in a blind taste test with family and neighbours majority picked the F2 as better flavour. The F2 and F3 grew faster, fruited earlier and just as healthy in appearance. F3 tastes like the F2.

original seeds are from McFayden, i will stick with this brand name when i have a need for new seed.

Neutral

On May 13, 2014, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I bought this more as a novelty than anything else. I saw it at our local Feed Store nursery and thought the picture was a pretty gold and it would look good in a salad. I know we had little rain that year and the plant did grow well but the fruit was not at all what I expected. Most were dry and the one's that did have some juice were sora bitter and not worth much. I would try them again and see if the lack of rain influenced this but I don't really want to waste my time.

Positive

On Feb 9, 2013, thesergey from Escondido, CA wrote:

This was a great tomato. The seedling was purchased at a local nursery (El Plantio Nursery). Of the six varieties that I planted last year, this was the first and last to produce fruit. This medium sized plant produces attractive clusters of orange tomatoes. Although the skin on these is fairly thick but the flavor is excellent. I will be planting this one again next season.

Positive

On Jul 31, 2012, mamajenny from Westborough, MA wrote:

Delicious monster (mine is currently over 8 feet), it's like a party in your mouth. Im not into "sweet" tomatoes usually, but this one really is a winner. Great for the kids to pick, they learn about ripeness w/the color side by side on these.

Positive

On May 19, 2012, Bobbinhead from Stow, MA wrote:

First planted a six pack in 2010. Was astonished at this super hero tomato. Last year I planted 12. This year I started from seeds and am planting about 25 plants and giving some to all the people I love. To preserve for stews/sauces last year I sliced in half and froze. This year I'll do the same but also try dehydrating as I bought a dehydrator last fall. Fresh the taste is amazing and the perfect snack when working in the garden. no disease problems, prolific, and DELICIOUS. Pick when orange, never turns red.

Positive

On Jul 31, 2011, jarretlobb from Pittsford, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Great Tomato, will definitely plant again. First time this year with one plant. It is now a lanky 6'4" tall with plenty of fruit which we began harvesting July 22. Harvested a couple of dozen fruit today and they averaged 4/10 ounce. Will plant along with Black Cherry which is about twice the size and, I think, tastier. (I am using black plastic (solar) mulch and drip irrigation with liquid organic fertilizer through an injection pump.)

Positive

On Mar 2, 2011, lusenok from Albany, NY wrote:

This variety is so good I'm not sure I will grow any other tomato this year.
Excellent taste, early and prolific crop, long season (July 1st to the end of October in New York!) and vigorous vines make SunGold the best tomato variety for me.

Positive

On Feb 27, 2011, yotedog from Raleigh, NC wrote:

Have grown this tomato every year for the last 10-15 years, in diverse regions (mid atlantic, west coast, south). It has never let me down, and is the only tomato that currently produces fruit all season long in my disease-infested southern garden! I can grow no heirlooms and very few hybrids successfully due to wilt etc, but Sungold just grows and grows and grows, and produces high yields of sweet fruit even when the plant itself looks like heck. Never stops from first yield to first hard frost, with almost no care. (The plants get HUGE). I garden organically, don't spray or fertilize after planting, and rarely water. The best tomato ever!!!

Positive

On Dec 10, 2010, GardenerLynne from Warfield
Canada wrote:

Delicious, ripens early, good production, staked with an 8 foot stake pounded 2 feet into the ground. Seeds are expensive! Disease resistant - in four years have had no problems.

Positive

On Sep 15, 2010, dorisv from Oakland, CA wrote:

Can't say enough about this winning variety. Bountiful strands of lovely orange fruit. Every Sungold picked was super sweet. This will definitely be a repeat next year in my garden.

Positive

On Aug 28, 2010, Tigerlily09 from West Des Moines, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I started these from seed this year and they are wonderful. They ripened early (before July) and are very sweet and productive. My vines are over 7' tall now and it's another month at least before frost! I know I'll be planting more next year.

Positive

On Jul 10, 2010, b54red from Dothan, AL wrote:

Oh my goodness. I am finally through looking for the great cherry tomato; because I have found it now. Very sweet and very productive. Spindly large plant. Let them ripen to a bright orange for the sweetest flavor. Not very resistant to fusarium wilt.

Positive

On Jun 14, 2010, ebluemink from Anchorage, AK wrote:

This grows abundant and delicious cherry tomatoes in an unheated greenhouse in Anchorage, AK.

Positive

On Mar 19, 2010, Niere from Chepachet, RI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Sungolds are delicious, sweet little drops of summer. I can't imagine my summer garden without them! The only thing I would caution to those who are growing sungolds for the first time is to please allow the fruits to fully ripen. I have had people say that they were not impressed with the taste and that is because invariably they are picking the fruits too soon. Sungolds need to be nearly fluorescent orange before they are ready, and they need to almost fall off the vine. If you have to really pull to pick a sungold, then they are not ready--give them a few more days--I promise you they will be worth it!

Oh, one other thing--sungolds are very prone to splitting and cracking, so if you have some that are fully ripe and a storm is coming you'd best get out there and star... read more

Positive

On Sep 15, 2009, disneynut1977 from Syracuse, NY wrote:

First summer growing these. My daughter and I loved them. Beautiful glowing color. Very tall plants that put out a decent crop. Very early ripening and I wintersow my seeds. Taste was good in the begining and improved/deepened as we stopped getting ton's of rain late in the season. They were never too sweet for me, but if left to develope a solid orange on the vine, I thougt they had a slight hint of tropical fruit. Nice difference to a red cherry. I did a test of ripening indoors in paper bags and letting them stay on the vine and not only did I notice a taste difference, but the indoor ripened Sungolds never got to be that solid orange. Please try to leve them on the vine to fully ripen. No cracking at all on these babies. I may try an OP orange cherry next year instead though. I really ... read more

Positive

On Jul 17, 2009, gumbo2go from Hensley, AR wrote:

I'm a huge fan of sungold. I've grown it a few years and it's got a superb flavor that I've yet to find in another variety of tomato. Just wish I could find a large version of this one. Lots of fruit and easy to grow. I rate them neck and neck with my old standing sweet 100's. Recommend this one to everyone.

Positive

On May 22, 2009, thethorinator from Clinton, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This little orange gem is a celebration of all that the summer has to offer plus it's beautiful in a salad and I am very pleased with how it did grow well in a container with Spider Mites attacking everything EXCEPT the Sungold Plants. The dang things lived up to the things you would expect--like webbing on the basil, and DEVOURED even my Marigolds, but they completely left the Sungold alone. Heck, I even had major problems with earwigs which went after my peppers and left these plants alone.

The taste rivaled even the Sweet Millions or Sweet 100; the sunlight was limited to late afternoon and early evening, yet I had a very good turnout considering. I started these guys again thi year in the first part of April with a Germination mat and a 4' Grow Light...I kept them in t... read more

Positive

On Apr 15, 2009, Wulfsden from Riverdale, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grow Sungold in 12" plant pots, and trim them to be about 6" high and not much wider than the pot. I use recycled potting soil and Plant Tones Organic fertilizer sprinkling about a level teaspoon about once a week while plant is fruiting. They also get one treatment of liquid seaweed fertilizer when transplanted over whole plant, and one more when they set flower, but only over the roots. Unfortunately, my cherry tomato space is limited to 12 plants per season, so I only grow 2 of these each year. These golden cherry tomatoes are as sweet as candy, often the first to ripen, and are still producing ripe fruit well into October. I get 100-200 fruit per plant, even in the relatively small pot. The day before first frost, I usually pick 60+ green fruit, and most of those ripen in brown bags ... read more

Positive

On Apr 3, 2009, tgraham from Gresham, OR wrote:

LOVE the sungold! It is sweet, prolific, and I have not had any problems with disease. It is not as acidic (tastewise) as a traditional cherry tomato. Easy to grow and by far one of my fav's and must haves in my garden every year.

Neutral

On Apr 2, 2009, kpoore2001 from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hi everyone,
This spring is my first year for cherry tomatoes.
I want to put mine in a pot and wondered what size I should put them in?
I wrote NatureWalker, but I need to get them in ASAP!
Thanks for any input.
Karen in Austin, TX

Positive

On Feb 4, 2009, Cleo1717 from Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very productive. Has a wonderful taste - it's sweet but if you wait until it turns orange, it has an amazing almost tropical taste to it. I don't like growing hybrids but this is one I'll always grow (at least until the wonderful souls working on it get it OP!)

Positive

On Dec 10, 2008, toughgardengeek from Bethpage, NY wrote:

Unique sweet flavour, nothing quit like them. My vines were almost 12 feet long by season end, need I say that they were productive. They do crack more then most, easy solution, just eat them right away. Appears to me that the negatives are really cases of mistaken identity.

Positive

On Aug 12, 2008, annesurfs from Nokia
Finland wrote:

The best tomato Ive tasted, ever!

I started germination inside in February, planted out in May/June (I live in Finland, where the summer is very short and cool).

The mistakes I made: not feeding them early enough, and side-shooting them from early spring.

I have only had a couple of tomatoes so far to taste, and some more are coming off nicely. So, for me, not a tomato-producing machine (my mistake probably!) but they do have a wonderful, almost exotic flavour.

Will definitely start in Feb/March next year, feed more, earlier, not side-shoot in the beginning of summer. Oh and will get more of them! :O)

Positive

On Jul 30, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

This was my first year growing 'Sungold' and it won't be my last. It's the first tomato to ripen in my zone 4a garden, and the flavor is slightly sweet, but still has that great tomato bite. I love them!

Positive

On May 12, 2008, KSBaptisia from Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

A very tasty, and beautiful, little tomato. In my experience, it has more "real tomato" flavor than most varieties of cherry tomato plus a little hint of fruitiness. The only problem with it is that over-ripe fruits develop a sort of fermented super sweet flavor that I think is unpleasant. The vines are fast growing and highly productive. I have also grown Sun Sugar, but frankly can't tell the difference between the two. They are interchangable as far as I am concerned.

Positive

On Apr 6, 2008, PauleysGarden from Paris, IL wrote:

I've grown Sungold for several years now, and I always share any extra plants and bountiful fruits with co-workers and friends. They always ask when I'll have some. I've started adding it to fruit salads and fruit cocktail, and it really fits right in.

Positive

On Sep 6, 2007, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grow Sungold every year and have for many years. It is one of my favorite cherry tomatoes, second only to Galina, a Russian heirloom, rarely grown.
Sungold is always my first tomato, even my first cherry tomato. It has a very complex and interesting flavor -- sweet and tart and more. I have a friend who feeds it to her toddlers as candy and they are happy.
It comes in earlier than Sweet 100, but a bowl with each is a delicious appetizer.
It is incredibly productive and the plant grows huge, sprawling all over the place. Make a good trellis for it or plan a lot of back breaking bending to pick it.

Positive

On Aug 26, 2007, LooneyLinda from Mantua, UT (Zone 4b) wrote:

The best cherry tomato in the world. It does split, but who cares.

Positive

On Aug 26, 2007, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Despite the full-sun rating, this variety produced very well for me in a part-shade location (less than 4 hrs of sun per day). And the taste is as good as the notes above indicate. Pick the ripe orange ones soon after a heavy rain or they tend to split.

Positive

On Jul 26, 2007, PhlowrsInPhilly from Philadelphia, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Will definitely grow this one again- a very sweet golden-orange cherry size tomato. It's like candy and I can't resist popping one in my mouth every time I walk by. It's a great producer too- very prolific. Mine needed a lot of staking, and probably would be better in a cage. Great in salads as well (if they make it into the house!).

Negative

On Jun 14, 2007, Greenthumbe from Scripps Ranch, (San Diego), CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

After all the hype, I tried one. They failed from seed, but I picked up a a sort of sikly one at a store, and thought what the heak, and planted it in a pot. The plant just exploded with growth and flowers and is very productive , but slow to ripen. I can' t wait to try them and see if they are as good as everyone claims!
Later
9/8/07 Yuck it was terrible, they were extreemly bitter, they were pear shaped and they turned bright red. I don't know what happened or if the nursery mixed up the signs.

Positive

On May 14, 2007, haas9359 from Lewiston, ID wrote:

First tomato to bloom this season, and set fruit! So far, amazing.

Positive

On Apr 7, 2007, spidra from Berkeley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I bought this plant as an afterthought. I was late buying tomato starts last year and all the Black Krim starts in town had sold out. This was on special so I picked it up. It is absolutely the best, most trouble-free producer I've had in 2 years of growing tomatoes. It's foggy here and every other tomato variety has fallen to some sort of fungus. Sungold never showed any signs of fungus infection and gave like gangbusters.

I'll need to be more prepared this year. I grew it without a stake or tomato cage last year and it sprawled all over. While it dealt with that pretty well, I wonder how much better it might do with proper staking. Highly recommended for the foggy parts of the Bay Area.

Positive

On Nov 8, 2006, Poajoan from Reno, NV (Zone 5a) wrote:

Great plant. Firm, good size for cherry type, prolific, great taste, etc. Produced from July 1 until Oct. 15-started inside in March in a grow box, planted early June with a minature hoop house, thick strong stems. Covered with larger hoop house mid September-first frost was late September at our 5500' place. Will plant again. Joan

Positive

On Jul 25, 2006, BDale60 from Warren, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I'll simply echo the previous positive comments about taste and productivity. Be prepared to trellis this baby, because the growth rate is almost aggressive (but in a good and highly productive way). This isn't a tame little patio guy despite the size of the fruit. We are not growing it this season for the first time in several years (limited space and just HAD to try something else) but we'll be back with Sungold next season. Just too tasty and productive to pass up. We won first prize at the local county fair (in the cherry tomato category) the first year we grew them. And the sight of all those nice orange-gold tomatoes in a dish or an a platter: just gorgeous!

Positive

On Jul 23, 2006, dlnevins from Omaha, NE wrote:

A tomato-producing machine! The plant is incredibly prolific and healthy, and the tomatoes have a wonderful rich flavor. They're gorgeous in salads. The only faults I've found is that the tomatoes develop a 'winey' taste when very ripe, which I find unpleasant, and they're very prone to cracking.

Negative

On Jul 23, 2006, krow from Sacramento, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I live in Sacramento, CA and planted tomatoes for the first time this year. I bought the Sun Gold plant from the local farmer's market and planted it in mid-June. At first it seemed to do well and popped out 3 tomatoes right away, then slowly, branch by branch, the plant started to wither. I cut off a couple of withering branches and took them to a local nursery. They examined the branches and determined that I had fusarium wilt in the Sun Gold. I bought 2 other tomatoes (Red Zebra & Yellow Brandywine) from the same vendor. The Red Zebra is popping out tomatoes like crazy & looks great. The Brandywine is dropping all it's flowers (probably due to our 100+ degree heat), but otherwise looks healthy. I planted the tomatoes in a raised bed with garden soil and Gardener's Gold, plus so... read more

Positive

On Jun 25, 2006, phrostyphish from Tuscaloosa, AL wrote:

I live in Alabama, and my soil is composed primarily of red clay. To this, add our problematic weather... and you've got some pretty funky growing conditions. As far as tomatoes are concerned, my major problems have always been splitting and fungal infections. This is obviously due to periods of heavy rain and/or high humidity...

Sungold tomatoes seem to tolerate everything, though. They're prolific even in my poorly conditioned soil. Our current drought hasn't phased them, even with my sporadic watering habits. My plant produces about a quart of ripened tomatoes every three days right now (June 25th), and is approximately 9' tall. I've resorted to giving them away to friends and neighbors... and this is just the result of ONE plant.

My only recommendation is... read more

Positive

On Feb 28, 2006, HERBIE43 from Rutland , MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

i have grown sungolds in 5 gallon containers for the past 3 years. they keep producing sweet tasting tomatoes all season long.

Positive

On Jan 19, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

I almost always put in a Sungold or two for fall crop. The plants hold up very well and produce loads of fruit for me before first frost. Love the flavor; one of the few hybrids I still regularly grow.

Neutral

On Dec 11, 2005, EAPierce from Idaho Falls, ID (Zone 5a) wrote:

I haven't yet grown Sungold, but I can attest to its enormous popularity in this area. I've eaten them, and they're sweet bites. With only one exception, everyone I know who's grown them raves about their disease-resistance. They're on my "must-have" list of tomato varieties for next season.

Update 9/24/06:

I grew Sungold successfully this season, now drawing to a close, and can understand why they're so popular. They're truly sweet little fruits, productive plants, and I observed no disease problems. I enjoyed it, but with other cherry tomatoes to compare it to, decided it's too light and sugary, lacking in flavor that should be present (IMHO) in a tomato. It's still good, but probably won't be on my list for next year. For those who prefer a really s... read more

Positive

On Jan 13, 2005, cottonpicker from Audubon, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've grown SUNGOLD in my garden every year for the past 10 years. A PROVEN performer!!!! Prolific, Xtra sweet,
first to fruit & last of the season to quit. You MUST grow this one!!

Positive

On Aug 5, 2004, daisyavenue from Long Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

A favorite treat to eat in the garden. Too good to be able to share because it is difficult to stop eating them. Sweet and simple taste. The golden color is beautiful as well. Texture is perfect- soft but never mealy.

Positive

On Jul 2, 2004, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

They really grow very well in containers that's the way we grow them, never in the ground because our soil is mostly clay up here in the mountains of New York State. We've bought our seeds from Cook's Garden.com, and the germination rate has been fantastic over the last 5 years. We have even used seeds that were over 2 years old. The flavor is sweet and tasty, so you really can't resist them; going out each day to pluck them is a challenge because you don't know how many you can save of them to get into your kitchen. Cook's Garden.com is under new management, and their website has been revamped. Their new link is: [HYPERLINK@www8.mailordercentral.com]

This is info that I've bee... read more

Positive

On Jul 20, 2003, ClayDBo from Forsyth, MO wrote:

I have grown Sungold for the last few years and have always had success with it, even in times when I did not give it the TLC it deserves(but does not need). The taste is so sweet, it is a perfect dessert tomato. They produce heavily so there is always plenty to share with friends.

Positive

On Sep 17, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is an outstanding cherry tomato plant. It grows fast, produces steadily, and the flavor is incredible. Unlike the supersweet types, it has a full flavor more akin to the old fashioned heirloom tomatoes, with a crisper acid/sweet balance. It produces well even in the foggy Bay Area/coastal Nor. Cal, where most tomatoes fail. My husband didn't care for tomatoes and the taste of these made him into a fan. They are neat, relatively compact plants that grow well in the ground or in pots.

Positive

On Sep 6, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Sun Gold is a popular variety here in Alaska where cherry tomatoes are popular due to their short maturity dates. Here in South Central Alaska, all tomatoes are a greenhouse plant, and these tasty tomatoes are a treat.

Positive

On Sep 6, 2002, TomatoCarl wrote:

If you want a sweet tomato, Sun Gold is it. Juicy and so sweet it will "melt in your mouth." Its striking color is a plus, also. It looks similar to Sun Sugar, but is far sweeter.