In hot, dry climates, it can be difficult to find a suitable tomato plant to grow. While tomato plants like full sun and warm weather, they can struggle with arid conditions and extreme heat. In these conditions, certain varieties of tomatoes may stop producing fruit. However, other tomato varieties, such as Sunchaser, shine in these difficult climates. Read on for Sunchaser information, as well as tips on how to grow a Sunchaser tomato plant.
Sunchaser tomatoes are produced on determinate plants which grow about 36-48 inches (91.5-122 cm.) tall. They are vigorous producers, even in the arid conditions of the Southwestern United States. Sunchaser heat tolerance has earned it recognition as one of the best tomatoes to grow in Arizona and New Mexico vegetable gardens. Where similar tomato varieties, like Early Girl or Better Boy can tucker out and stop producing fruit, Sunchaser tomato plants seem to just scoff at the high temperatures and intense sun of these arid, desert-like climates.
Sunchaser tomato plants produce dark green foliage and an abundance of deep red, round, medium sized, 7-8 oz. (198.5 to 227 g.) fruits. These fruits are very versatile. They are excellent for use in recipes, canned or used fresh sliced for sandwiches, and wedged or diced for salsa and salads. They are even a perfect size for hollowing out for tasty summer stuffed tomatoes. Not only do these tomatoes remain tough in the heat, but they also make a light, refreshing, protein-rich summer lunch when stuffed with chicken or tuna salad.
Sunchaser Tomato Care
Though Sunchaser tomatoes can tolerate extremely warm conditions and full sun, plants may benefit from light, dappled shade in the afternoon. This can be done with companion trees, shrubs, vines, garden structures, or shade cloth.
Regular irrigation is also a necessity for growing Sunchaser tomato plants in arid regions. A deep watering each morning will result in lush, green plants. Water tomato plants directly at their root zone without wetting the foliage. Preventing excessive moisture on tomato leaves can help prevent many troublesome fungal tomato plant diseases.
Trimming up lower leaves and dying or diseased foliage will also help prevent many common tomato problems.
Sunchaser tomato plants mature in approximately 70-80 days. Plant tomatoes with basil for improved vigor and flavor, or borage to repel tomato hornworms. Other good companions for Sunchaser tomato plants are: