The gold I’m talking about would be Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, that is. Sun Gold is pretty much always our first tomato harvested. Last year we got our first one on June 14, but then the plants were in the ground sooner last year too. This year the first ones ripened on Friday, June 24.
That first harvest was modest, netting four tomatoes, but the plant is loaded with little green ones, and more are ripening. Sun Gold is a vigorous indeterminate tomato variety that usually keeps on growing and producing all summer long here. Thanks to favorable weather last fall, we harvested the last one on November 5th. I test new tomato varieties every year, but so far none have toppled Sun Gold from the list.
The Sun Gold vines reached the top of the cage about a week ago. Once that happens with an indeterminate tomato plant, as far as I am concerned you have two basic options: you can start pruning the vines, or you can let them go. I usually do some combination of the two, pruning a few vines whenever I think about it and then letting others just go for it. Usually, some of the vines wind up creeping into nearby cages. Once it gets to that stage, it’s every tomato for itself!
This year I have Super Sweet 100 planted next to the Sun Gold, and it’s hard to know at this point if either one will overrun the other. With over 7 inches of rain in May, and 6 inches so far in June, all the tomato vines have been growing lushly.
I can say that all of the early planted tomatoes here are doing well, and at the top of their cages already. We’re growing Mountain Magic for the first time, and it is off to a great start. The proof will be in the tasting though, which hopefully won’t be too much longer. It is a cluster type salad tomato with good blight resistance. Sapho is another cluster type I’ve grown for several years, and it will be interesting to see how Mountain Magic compares. That’s part of the fun of gardening to me, testing and tasting – especially the tasting part.
Happy growing to you all and if you are growing tomatoes, I hope they are doing well!