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James H. Schutte
LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Sun King'
Sun King Tomato, Tomato
The disease resistant (VFTA) slicer, ‘Sun King’, is a tasty tomato for even the most novice gardener to grow. Its rich red, perfectly round, crack-resistant fruits have a well-balanced, meaty tomato flavor best enjoyed in salads or on sandwiches. The Indeterminate vines begin to produce fruit only 75 days after planting.
Tomatoes are short-lived tender perennials that are usually grown as annuals. Their medium green, hairy, compound leaves have a strong fragrance and are not to be eaten. Mature vines produce distinctive yellow flowers, which are bee pollinated. These are followed by succulent tomato fruits, which are technically berries.
After all danger of frost has passed, plant tomatoes in full sun and fertile, well-drained garden loam that’s neutral to slightly acid. Seedlings may be started indoors under grow-lights several weeks ahead of time, and should be hardened off before planting outdoors. Set them deeply in the ground for best establishment; the main stem will form roots beneath the soil’s surface.
These veggies (technically, fruits) are heavy feeders, so it is important to provide them with regular water and nutrients. Be sure to choose a fertilizer specifically formulated for tomatoes, and avoid excessive watering as this can result in cracking of fruit and diminished flavor. Best production and flavor occurs when both days and nights are warm. Tomato fruits become tough and less flavorful when subjected to cooler temperatures, and should not be stored in the refrigerator for this reason. In subtropical locations they may be grown as a winter crop as long as temperatures remain favorable.
For more detailed information about tomato pests and diseases, refer to the general entry for the species (Lycopersicon esculentum) in the Learn2Grow.com plant database.
12 - 1
11 - 15
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
6'-7' / 1.8m - 2.1m
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Hybrid Origin, Mexico, Central America, South America
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Dark Green
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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