I picked my first ripe tomato today: a SunSugar tomato from the plant on
the fire escape. It was softer and sweeter than the Sungolds I'd bought
at the farmer's market a few weeks ago; I guess letting it sit a few extra
days on the vine helps. It's an orange tomato, so I guess it's a little
harder to determine ripeness (I'm more used to growing red tomatoes).
Someone said to wait until it's a bit translucent. I found it helpful to
see whether it had also turned slighly soft to the touch. At any rate,
there are more on the way!
What an unusual plant this is: when it brush its foliage, it doesn't emit
the normal acrid aroma of most tomato plants. Instead, it smells a little
[At the office, on the patio: Looks like Sweet 100 will supply the next
ripe tomatoes, followed by Amish Paste.]
I've had more success with the plant on the fire escape (in its cramped
3-gallon pot) than the ones on the south side of the house, planted
directly in the ground. The former gets all-day sun, the latter, only
morning and early-afternoon sun. Apparently the sun makes all the
difference between fruit and no fruit: the SunSugar on the fire escape is
on the small side but is loaded with blossoms and small green fruit, the
one on the side of the building is tall, lush and green, but has very
Its neighbor plants in the ground (Park's Beefy Boy and Early Girl) are
tall and blooming but haven't set any fruit yet. I set them out on July
20 and I hope to see something on them at least by mid-September, or they
aren't worth the ground they're occupying.
(San Francisco Bay Area, North Oakland, USDA Zone 9 / Sunset Zone 16/17)
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