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Growing Guide – Sun Sugar Tomatoes

As most of you know I am a recent graduate of the USU Master Gardener program.  I learned a lot from the classes and made some great new friends.  But if I gained nothing else from the program, the discovery of Sun Sugar Tomatoes would have made it all worth while!!!

Sun Sugar Tomatoes are a cherry tomato.  The ripen to a very nice orange color.  They are  bit bigger than the traditional cherry tomatoes that I have grown in the past (Sweeties and sweet 100’s).

This is no ordinary cherry tomato!  They are bursting with sweet delicious tomato flavor.  These are seriously one of the best tasting cherry tomatoes I have ever eaten.  They are like eating tomato flavored candy!!  Mrs. Stoney loves cherry tomatoes and eats them by the bucket full in August and September, but I have never been a real big fan of them.  I’ve never been one to just eat a plain tomato.  I usually prefer my tomatoes in a recipe or at least a sandwich.  But Sun Sugar Tomatoes have changed that for me, just  writing about them makes my mouth water!!

I started this season off with 2 starts.  Two of my Master Gardener friends each gave me a start to try.  One of them met an early demise when it had an accident involving and soccer ball and a trampoline (don’t ask).  The other survived to maturity and after struggling to set fruit through our hot summer it has finally hit its stride and is producing a lot of fruit.

Sun Sugar Tomatoes grow like most other tomatoes.  They need good well drained soil with plenty of  organic matter.  The benefit from an early dose of nitrogen fertilizer and a later dose of fertilizer that is higher in phosphorus (both organic fertilizers of course).  They need consistent water but be careful not to over water or you will get all vine and no fruit.  And make sure they get plenty of sun.  They are a determinant tomato (meaning they grow to a limited size)  but they are still a pretty large plant and will need some support.  A tomato cage works well.   They will continue to add branches through out the summer but the vines seldom get much longer than 3 or 4 feet.

Sun Sugar Tomatoes are a hybrid variety so you WILL NOT be able to save seeds from year to year.  But if you are going to grow a cherry tomato, in my opinion this is the one to choose!!

We are linking up today with Robin at the Gardener of Eden for the Thursday Kitchen Cupboard!


  1. Nancy Davis September 13, 2012 2:28 pm Reply

    Looking at the picture makes one want to try them! Nancy

  2. TS September 13, 2012 5:11 pm Reply

    How do I regret not planting this!! I have been buying them at my local markets. They are soooooo good! Definitely a must next year!

  3. Robin September 13, 2012 7:33 pm Reply

    I bet they sure are tasty! I have never grow that variety before. Are they similar to Sungolds? We just love those!

  4. Liz September 14, 2012 3:07 am Reply

    Have you tried saving the seeds? I know that sometimes they aren’t viable or dont come true to type but I have found that often they do. I haven’t tried Sun gold as I don’t think its available here but I’ve tried quite a few hybrids here.

  5. Jody September 14, 2012 8:30 am Reply

    They look great. We grew an orange hybrid variety this year. It was our best producer. I don’t think it was Sungold. Maybe we’ll get to try Sungold next year. They sound delicious.

    • Jody September 14, 2012 8:35 am Reply

      I checked my records. They are Sungold! How about that? We have really enjoyed them too. To bad I haven’t been paying much attention to their flavor. They’ve been coming in gangbusters. I’ll give them a taste test today!

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