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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
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Default Sun Orange and Sun Green

I started 1 seed of each on March 2 which is extremely late for Florida. I was really interested in Sun Orange when I read about it here. Curiosity took over, and I bought the seeds and rather than wait until August - October to sow them, I gave each a 1 seed trial. Sun Orange is suppose to be the improved SunGold with larger fruit and no splitting. Time will tell.

Here are the seedlings at exactly 1 month from sowing. The Sun Orange is on the right and has a few buds forming.

I think I can get fruit before the nights get too warm. They are cherries after all. These plants have endured a lot of wind in the last month.

I'm going to plant these out later this week. I need to free up an Earthbox, or just plant in a Root Pouch.

This season (starts with August sowing), I've grown SunChocola, SunPeach, and continued with SunGold. I'm loving these Tokita varieties and of the 3, Sun Peach is my favorite. I will be growing some others in the fall.
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I've heard that even the plant of Sun Gold has a particular scent - does yours and the Sun Orange also have this scent?

I'll be growing out Sun Gold for the first time this year, so I am curious.
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Yes, SunGold has it's own scent and it is strong. I've been sniffing SunOrange since it's first true leaves. I think I notice the scent; not sure it's as strong as SG though. However, I never made a point of sniffing SunGolds like I've been doing with SO.

I grew out a SG cutting; it is quite a mature plant now and the tomatoes are larger than the typical SG.
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Barb, I am interested in your findings.

The Sungold plant does have it's own scent to it. When it rains every day for weeks that scent turns to sunskunk I had to hold my breath at times near the Sungold plant back in 2015 when it rained so much here.
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Hadn't grown it, though many here seemed to like it. BTW, the plants look very good, nice dark green leaves.
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Hi Barb, those plants look really good. I am really excited to be able to try these two as well this season. From Tokita - "Yes, SunOrange is our variety. Initially we promoted it as a Sungold improved variety..." I'm certainly hoping it is a winner.
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I've grown Sun Sugar for three years now. It smells good to me. It doesn't smell like the other tomatoes. Almost a fruity hoppy smell. Never grown Sun Gold so I don't if it is similar.
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CamuMahubah, Not to change topics from OP but you really should try Sungold before you fully ban hybrids!

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CamuMahubah, Not to change topics from OP but you really should try Sungold before you fully ban hybrids!

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There not fully banned forever but I want to save seeds. I got Egg Yolk free from totally tomato and ALittleSalt sent me Porter. I don't know if there is enough difference between Sun Sugar and Sun Gold to warrant paying for seeds.
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There not fully banned forever but I want to save seeds. I got Egg Yolk free from totally tomato and ALittleSalt sent me Porter. I don't know if there is enough difference between Sun Sugar and Sun Gold to warrant paying for seeds.
Sunsugar is a hybrid. Seminis-Petoseed, 1999.

http://t.tatianastomatobase.com:88/wiki/SunSugar_F1
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Sunsugar is a hybrid. Seminis-Petoseed, 1999.

http://t.tatianastomatobase.com:88/wiki/SunSugar_F1
Yah I know that. I've grown it for several years.
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Default Here they are - 5 weeks from sowing

Planted the two seedlings out on Friday, April 6. They were so root bound; I could have easily planted them out earlier.

They really grew a lot since that last picture. Put on some stem girth too.

SunGreen is taller and has one cluster of buds; SunOrange has one cluster flowering and another cluster of buds.

Sun Orange has that Sun Gold scent.

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Hi Barb - thank you for posting the picture. Your plants look good - their colour is really outstanding. Now we know that Sunorange is Tokita's "Improved Sungold" I am very interested to hear your thoughts on it. Nice to see it is so early. Good luck, and I'll watch for more pictures.
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Next picture I will put a cover over the pineapples and background noise so just the plants stand out.

They really are fast growers; took to the transplant and intense sun without issue.

Thank you for contacting Tokita to verify their authenticity.

ETA - April 10, 1 month and 8 days from sowing, Sun Orange has set fruit!!!!

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ETA - April 10, 1 month and 8 days from sowing, Sun Orange has set fruit!!!!
That's crazy!!
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