Tomatoes are stars in every vegetable garden, producing tasty, juicy fruits for fresh eating, sauces, and canning. These days, there are more varieties and cultivars to choose from than ever before. If you live somewhere with hot summers and have struggled with tomatoes in the past, try growing Sun Pride tomatoes.
Sun Pride Tomato Information
‘Sun Pride’ is a newer American hybrid tomato cultivar that produces medium-sized fruits on a semi-determinate plant. It is a heat-setting tomato plant, which means your fruit will set and ripen nicely even in the hottest part of the year. These kinds of tomato plants also do cold-settings as well, so you can use Sun Pride in the spring and summer to fall.
The tomatoes from Sun Pride tomato plants are best used fresh. They are medium in size and resist cracking, although not perfectly. This cultivar also resists a couple of tomato diseases, including verticillium wilt and fusarium wilt.
How to Grow Sun Pride Tomatoes
Sun Pride is not much different from other tomato plants in terms of what it needs to grow, thrive, and set fruit. If you are starting with seeds, begin them indoors about six weeks before the last frost.
When transplanting outside, give your plants a location with full sun and soil enriched with organic material like compost. Give the Sun Pride plants 2 to 3 feet (61-91 cm.) of space for airflow and for them to grow. Water your plants regularly and don’t let the soil dry out completely.
Sun Pride is midseason, so be ready to harvest spring plants in the mid to late summer. Select the ripe tomatoes before they get too soft and eat them soon after picking. These tomatoes can be canned or made into sauce, but they are best eaten fresh, so enjoy!