Origin: Oregon State University introduction
Tomato 'Gold Nugget'
Preferred Situation: Sun to semi sun; well draining deep fertile soil
Harvest Date: Monday 17 September, 2012
Seed count: 15-20
60-65 days. Another introduction by OSU's Dr Baggett the creator of many proven tomato varieties for home growers on the West Coast. This parthencarpic determinate (bush) variety bears one ounce (28 gram) golden cherry fruits early and continues all summer long. Fruit do not fall off when ripe, so you don't have to continually harvest...but the excellent flavour of these fruit will keep you visiting the tomato patch. Can be nearly seedless. Very productive...try cutting the fruit in half and dehydrate them for your own sun dried tomatoes for the winter months!
Open pollinated. Bigger the roots at transplant (mid May) bigger the harvest. Prune sparingly. Protect from rain; water at plant base never foliage except foliar feeds. Heavy feeder; use balanced organic fertilizer. Excess nitrogen= leaves no fruit; no calcium=blossom end rot; extreme heat=blossom drop.
Sow 5 mm deep. Keep moist; plastic cover improves success. Opt. germination temp: 18-25 C. Days to germ: 5-10. See our tomato article under 'Confessions of a Mad Gardener' for growing information.