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Post  sanderson on 9/13/2019, 12:54 pm

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Post  OhioGardener on 9/19/2019, 7:23 pm

I don't think a Sungold Tomato, even if it is 10' tall, should produce so many tomatoes every day. A person just can't eat that many tomatoes! Shocked   But, I do love those sweet Sungold tomatoes!

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They are amazingly sweet—and prolific!
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Post  yolos on 9/19/2019, 9:01 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:I don't think a Sungold Tomato, even if it is 10' tall, should produce so many tomatoes every day. A person just can't eat that many tomatoes! Shocked   But, I do love those sweet Sungold tomatoes!

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I planted a few Sungolds a few weeks ago.  There are tomatoes setting on now.  I have only ever planted red/pink tomatoes.  So how do you tell when these are ready to harvest??????
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Post  Turan on 9/19/2019, 9:23 pm

I like to halve and dry my excess Sungolds.  THey are kind of like golden raisins and very good in curry/ rice dishes.

Yolo, when they are a lemon yellow start trying them till you find the color you like the flavor best at.  I like them best a golden orange with no lemon yellow color, but all is good.  They can have problems with splitting, so I eat those when picking. Very Happy

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Post  OhioGardener on 9/19/2019, 9:44 pm

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I planted a few Sungolds a few weeks ago.  There are tomatoes setting on now.  I have only ever planted red/pink tomatoes.  So how do you tell when these are ready to harvest??????

See those orange-colored ones, like the one that split open after it was picked?  Those are fully ripe, and unbelievably sweet. You will see some of them that are a little green, or light yellow in the bowl - those are in the ripening process and will finish ripening in 1 to 2 days.  Eat or use the deepest orange ones first, while the others are still ripening.
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Post  yolos on 9/19/2019, 11:07 pm

Turan and OG, thanks for your responses.  There are hundreds of green ones on the four plants now so I should get some ripe ones before our average first frost of about Oct 28.  This is just a trial to see if I should add them to my grow list.
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Post  OhioGardener on 9/20/2019, 8:07 am

@yolos wrote:This is just a trial to see if I should add them to my grow list.

Once you taste them, you won't be able to live without them!  Very Happy
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Post  sanderson on 9/23/2019, 3:34 am

Turan, Once you dry the halved Sun Gold tomatoes, how do you preserve/store them.

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Post  countrynaturals on 9/24/2019, 12:59 pm

All of my tomatoes are in containers. I read an article from another thread that recommended containers being half-barrel size. affraid I don't have room for anything like that. In fact, my largest containers (probably 15 gal.) are producing less than my 5 gal. containers. My 4th of July -- most productive of all -- is in a 5 gal. pot.

If the larger varieties require more space, I'm cooked, cuz my brandywine and beefsteak can only have 5 gal. pots, since they have to come inside for the winter, and I don't have room inside for anything larger. Anybody have success with large maters in small containers?
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Post  sanderson on 10/2/2019, 4:19 am

CN, 5-gallon buckets are just fine if you use Mel's Mix and top off with more compost during the long season.

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Post  countrynaturals on 10/2/2019, 10:41 am

@sanderson wrote:CN, 5-gallon buckets are just fine if you use Mel's Mix and top off with more compost during the long season.
thankyou Fingers crossed I can get big maters by planting late. If not, I'll start again on New Year's Day and try it the other way by planting super early.

Speaking of "big maters", I'm still getting these big, green things on one of my cherry tomato plants. I think it's the sungold. The last one just rotted. We'll see what happens with these. crazy! 
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/2/2019, 6:55 pm

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@yolos wrote:This is just a trial to see if I should add them to my grow list.

Once you taste them, you won't be able to live without them!  Very Happy
Agree; I didn’t grow them last year and completely regretted it.  This year, i have way too many!  But SWEET
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Post  yolos on 10/5/2019, 12:52 pm

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I planted a few Sungolds a few weeks ago.  There are tomatoes setting on now.  I have only ever planted red/pink tomatoes.  So how do you tell when these are ready to harvest??????

See those orange-colored ones, like the one that split open after it was picked?  Those are fully ripe, and unbelievably sweet. You will see some of them that are a little green, or light yellow in the bowl - those are in the ripening process and will finish ripening in 1 to 2 days.  Eat or use the deepest orange ones first, while the others are still ripening.
My Sungolds have started maturing.  But every one that turned orange was also split.  I think they do not like the +95*f days.  But they are delicious and they are setting fruit even in this heat.  I am going to add them to my grow list next year.  But I have now started harvesting before they fully matured so they would not split.  I will have to wait a few days to see if they taste as good if picked when they first blush.
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Post  Turan on 10/16/2019, 6:43 pm

@sanderson wrote:Turan,  Once you dry the halved Sun Gold tomatoes, how do you preserve/store them.
I put the bag in hte freezer.  Then I would grab a handful to toss in the cooking basmati rice.  They probably would store just fine in a mason jar with the lid screwed tight.

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Post  sanderson on 10/20/2019, 3:06 pm

Yolos, thank you.

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Japanese Black Trifele? Anybody grow this one? Wadayathink?
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Post  sanderson on 11/4/2019, 4:08 am

Interesting tomato.

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Post  countrynaturals on 11/4/2019, 10:09 am

@sanderson wrote:Interesting tomato.
They say it tastes "smoky." idk If someone doesn't come forward with a first-hand report on this Japanese Black Trifele, I may just have to take one for the team next spring. neener
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If someone doesn't come forward with a first-hand report on this Japanese Black Trifele, I may just have to take one for the team next spring. neener
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Post  Ginger Blue on 11/15/2019, 11:04 am

Getting ready to roast the last of this year's volunteer tomatoes. I harvested 14 trays of green tomatoes a few weeks ago, just before the first hard freeze.  At that time, I counted at least 6 different types of tomatoes that had sprung up from the cold compost pile.  The plants I carefully coddled from seed didn't do that well, but the volunteers took off and never looked back.  I've already processed 9 of the trays, making several batches of soup and sauce to enjoy during winter.  All things considered, it turned out to be a productive year, after all... What a Face

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In addition to the two above, these will make another three trays:

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The ones pictured below are the mystery tomatoes I pulled to save for seed.  Any idea what they might be?

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Post  countrynaturals on 11/22/2019, 3:39 pm

I have a Super Sweet 100 tomato plant, in a container, that I can bring in for the winter. Right now, it's growing out of control and producing. Can I cut it back and bring it in? If so, how much? Could I prune it back by about a third? Any advice? Suggestions? thinking
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Post  Turan on 11/22/2019, 7:08 pm

You should be able to cut it back as far as you want. It should recuperate pretty quickly. You might want to take a pruned branch and let it root as a back up plant.  Those are yummy tomatoes!

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