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60 days. Always among the first to ripen, Gold Nugget attains an unusually rich, sweet flavor when mature. Vigorous and determinate, plants are loaded with ¾ inch, round golden fruit from early in the season ‘til frost. Bred by Dr. Jim Baggett at Oregon State University. F 1, V.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Terri J.

I had hoped that these would compare to our favorite, Sungold cherry tomatoes, but there is no comparison. The vines are prolific, almost feral, growing suckers with every new leaf and setting fruit quickly and early, so if what you want is abundance then this could be your tomato. Now, it's possible that we could have let them ripen longer (according to another reviewer here), but even the more orange-colored fruit was lacking in sweetness and flavor. I pulled them up to plant something else and won't plant these again.

Sweet and low acid

We love this tomato. It's one of the earliest producers for us in northern Colorado and kept right on going through the hot days. It's very sweet and has much less acid than some tomatoes. We'll be growing this again next year.

Trav S.
Good and plentiful

I don't know that I'd call it awesome, but it has some very good qualities. In my Central California location, we had a cool (generally less than 80�), very windy summer (greater than 25 mph every afternoon). Gold Nugget produced mature fruit anyway, quite a bit of it. There is nothing "determinate" about this plant. It keeps adding branches and they keep setting fruit. Yellow fruit are unripe. Wait for full, almost transparent orange for full flavor. The ones that split as you pick them are very tasty. Is it the best tomato around? I don't think so, but it is a little worker that, even under my less than optimal conditions, ripens one or two dozen fruit every couple of days. They're good - they almost never make it in the house; I eat them right off the plant- and they are dependable. No signs of disease or slowing down. Gold Nugget may not be my star player, but it's definitely making the team. They seem to taste best on their own. Really ripe ones have a nice complexity, suggesting garlic and herbs that you haven't added to them. I didn't care for them in a dressed salad. Just pick 'em and eat 'em.

Catherine C.
Awesome early tomato

We grow this every year. I find that they actually keep pretty well on the vine too. If you miss some. Usually the kids and grand kids get to them before that happens. I love the early ripening and they are very flavorful. My favorite cherry tomato.

Soil Temp for Germ 70-90°F
Seed Depth 1/4"
Days to Emergence 6-14
Soil Temp for Transp 55°F
Plant Spacing See below
Row Spacing 3-4'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 280-320
Seed Life 3 years

Lycopersicon lycopersicum The first ripe, juicy tomato of summer is a delicious milestone of the season for gardeners. Each year we test and evaluate more than 250 tomato varieties to bring you the most flavorful, best performing selections, for every desired use. An array of nutrients and antioxidants including the especially potent lycopene, found in its highest concentration in tomatoes, supports healthy eyesight, cardiovascular health, cancer-fighting capacity, and more.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

Determinate tomatoes: grow compactly, sprawling laterally, usually do not require staking, and fruit ripens over a short period of time
Indeterminate tomatoes: grow on long vines, generally require pruning to 1 or 2 leaders that need to be trellised
• Fertile, well-drained raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatoes are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• To prevent blossom end rot use a high calcium amendment
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; up-pot into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Determinates can be spaced 18-24 inches apart, indeterminates 24-36 inches apart
• Tomatoes can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
Common diseases: Early and late blight
Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when fully ripe, do not refrigerate for best flavor
• Green fruit should be ripened in a cool, dark area; make sure fruit are not touching

• HR indicates high resistance.
• IR indicates intermediate resistance.
• Aal | Alternaria Stem Canker
• AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
• B | Bacterial Wilt
• F* | Fusarium Wilt
• FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
• L | Gray Leaf Spot
• LB* | Late Blight
• LM* | Leaf Mold
• N | Roundworm | Nematode
• PL | Corky Root Rot
• PST | Bacterial Speck
• RK | Root-Knot
• TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
• ToANV* | Tomato Apex Necrotic Virus
• ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
• TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
• TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
• V* | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers and letters indicate specific disease race.

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