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Tomato, Sweet Tangerine Hybrid

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Gorgeously golden and astonishingly sweet.

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These delectable tomatoes ripen early for so large a fruit. This Burpee exclusive features clean, bushy, plants that are quite disease resistant and set very heavy crops. Even in hot weather watch for Tangerine to be ready for harvest in about 68 days.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

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Fruit Bearing This refers to the relative season when the plant produces fruit, or if it bears continuously or just once

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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

68 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

6 ounces

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18 inches

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    Tomatoes
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow and Plant

  • Sow tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds ¼  inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Tomatoes should be set 30-48 inches apart in a row with the rows spaced 3-4 feet apart. It can be tempting to space tomatoes more closely at planting time, but if you plant too closely you will increase the chance of disease, and decrease yields.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. 
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. 
  • Tomatoes can be planted deeply, with the stem buried to the first set of leaves. The more deeply they are planted the more roots will form, providing the plant with additional support and better ability to take up nutrients. Some gardeners plant tomatoes by digging a horizontal trench and laying the plant in the trench with the top 2-4 inches of the plant pointing upward.
  • Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. 
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.  
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Place your plant support at this time. You can try tomato cages or staking. Unsupported plants will sprawl on the ground, require no pruning, and will probably produce a larger yield of smaller fruit than will staked plants. For larger, cleaner, more perfect fruits, support plants as they grow. Growing on stakes: Place strong stakes in the ground and set plants about 6 inches from the stakes. Growing in cages: Place a cage around a single plant; let the vines grow and enlarge within the cage, no pruning  will be necessary

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for tomatoes as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • If growing on stakes: As the plants grow, allow only one or two main stems to grow and pinch out any other side shoots as they form. Gently tie the one or two remaining shoots to the stake; don't pull them tightly against the stake. If growing in cages, no pruning is necessary.
  • Whether to remove the side shoots, or suckers, that grow out of the leaf axils or not depends on the support system used. Gardeners using stakes usually snap off these side shoots. They typically get earlier and larger tomatoes but overall production tends to be less. If tomatoes are grown in cages, the suckers are generally left on, although it's a good idea to pinch the tip out of them when they are 6-8 inches long. Regardless you may want to remove all the growth from the bottom 6-10 inches of the plant. This helps to improve air circulation and reduce the spread of diseases such as early blight. Wait until the plants are knee-high. In the morning when the plants have the most water in them, snap off the lower growth while it is small. Any plants that look sick with distorted foliage or have a mosaic pattern on the leaves should be removed as they may have a virus that can spread to the other plants. It is best to do this early in the season.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvesting and Preserving Tips

  • Determinate tomato plants ripen a heavy crop over a few weeks. Indeterminate varieties bear fruit continuously until frost. Remember that the days to harvest refers to the time from setting out transplants in the garden.
  • Pick tomatoes when they are as ripe as possible. They should be fully colored and firm and picked regularly to avoid overloading plants.
  • At the end of the season, when you know there will be a frost, pick all the almost-ripe tomatoes you can, and ripen them in brown bags or spread on newspapers at room temperature. Many cultivars will store for months. Store only sound fruit, at 50-60°F. Do NOT refrigerate and try to avoid having the fruit touch each other.
  • The foliage of tomatoes is toxic and should not be eaten.
  • Tomato fruits are enjoyed in many cooked dishes as a flavoring. Use them to make soups, sauces, stews, ketchup, paste, juice, quiche, and pies. Add them to curries, casseroles, and chutney.
Type
Container
Fruit Bearing
Determinate
Days To Maturity
68 days
Fruit Weight
6 ounces
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
18 inches
Height
36-40 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
Thin
36 inches
Tomato, Sweet Tangerine Hybrid is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 57.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Family Favorite Even those who say they don't like yellow tomatoes love these. I have strict orders to grow them every year. If soil is prepped and plants well fertilized, you'll get good size fruit.
Date published: 2007-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from High hopes I have been growing tomatoes for 10+ years, and I was looking forward to this one. Ordered 2 sets of 3 each (I usually start from seed) and made sure everything was perfect to grow them. The plants arrived a month late, and 4 of them were dead. Of the two that made it, only one produced, and the tomatoes were small but tasty. Did not get my first one of these until mid-August, and it was done by mid-September. My Cherokee's, Whoppers and Beefs are finally winding down, and it is almost Halloween! I do not give up after one season on any plant, so Next year I will start from seed and Hope to fare better.
Date published: 2007-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must have Though only 2 of our 3 plants truly produced, the ones that did, did so in abundance! The taste is great, the fruits medium-sized, and they looked so lovely in salads as well as canning jars (homemade salsa and herbed tomatoes.) We will definitely be planting these and Black Pearl cherry tomatoes again.
Date published: 2007-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful!! This is my favorite tomato in my garden this year, and will be welcome in my garden for years to come. They're beautiful on the vine, the fruits are large, and mine are completely insect- and wilt-free. Couldn't be happier!
Date published: 2007-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flavorful and Disease Resistant "Burpee's Tomato Sweet Tangerine Hybrid gorgeously golden and astonishingly sweet". lives up to it's name. I started the seeds in late winter and planted them in early April in a water wall to provide protection from late spring cold temperatures. The plants set tomatoes in late April and we had the first ripe tomatoes before the 4th of July. These are mid-sized, prolific, disease resistant plants that produce sweet, flavorful tomatoes. I will fill the garden with them next year. They are the best orange tomatoes ever and better then the five varieties of red tomatoes I planted.
Date published: 2007-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Tomato High yield, easy to grow, tasty ... now if I can just keep the ground hogs away from them ...
Date published: 2007-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Ever This is by far the best eating tomato I have ever had. It is sweet with substance, low acid but still nice and juicy. I am waiting impatiently for the crop to ripen. I gave some to my sister last year who made some awesome fresh salsa! I will never stop growing these! I only wish I could grow them year long!
Date published: 2007-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have! I have been growing tomatoes seriously for 15 years. This is the first year I've tried the tangerine. It may be the best tasting tomato I've ever had. Very sweet and mild. The plants are healthy, dark green and very productive. Next year I'm putting 6' cages around them. They are supposed to be determinate but I think I can get them producing to 6'.
Date published: 2007-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice tomatoe low on acid I've grown this tomatoe for two years. I like it because the color is very pretty when I make a salad with sweet tangerine, green zebra, and red cherry tomatoes. I made a gazpacho with this tomatoes and it was very good. I;ve also made tarts with this tomatoe.... yum...
Date published: 2007-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Family favorite If I was told I could only plant one tomato, this would be it. One plant produced more tomatoes than my family could eat. I gave away tons to happy family and friends. I ate then everyday! I can not wait until spring to start gardening again. Just fabulous.
Date published: 2007-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid performance in North Texas I have grown these at least 5 years in a row and they perform solidly here in North Texas. I grow from seed, and then get them out as early as possible. They are always the strongest of the many varieties I plant, they produce better, and they have large tasty low-acid fruit. Also they never get end-rot. And as an added bonus the birds leave the fruit alone because of the color !
Date published: 2007-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Tomato Ever Excellent Taste and Yield
Date published: 2006-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tasty Treat! This tomato reminds me of my childhood and I could not be more pleased. The plants are amazing and the yield is abundant. I have recommended this tomato to several of my fellow gardeners and everyone who has tried them, loves them! The fruit is perfect and I've had such a bumper year that most of my neighbors and co-workers have had the opportunity to sample them, as well. I'll be growing these from now on!
Date published: 2006-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from BEAUTIFUL & MEATY if you love color & a less seedy tomatoe with low acid this one is for you, beautiful and perfect sandwich size. You bet it's on my list every year.
Date published: 2006-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lots of watery tomatoes well.. other people seem to like this plant. i guess i like more of a kick in my tomato. This was a little too bland for me. The plant is unstoppable, setting fruit in the peak of summer when neither of my heilooms would.
Date published: 2006-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Tomato This is an excellent tomato. The texture and flavor can not be beat. In my opinion this is the best tomato Burpee sells.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy 4th of July These plants are about ready to produce the best yield of my tomato planting life. These sweet tangerine plants have been a pleasure to grow, and observe, this year. A must for everyone!!
Date published: 2006-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lower acid tomato This tomato quickly became a 'must have' for my garden. I would personally classify this as a medium size tomato.. perfect for an afternoon snack or a single tomato sandwich. I think it has the perfect amount of flesh to seeds, juicy, good 'shelf life', bugs didn't seem to bother them as much as the reds, and great flavor. If i had to recommend only 2 tomato plants, this would be 1 of the 2. Plus the color gives great contrast to your garden. Now a favorite of my mom, sisters, brother and friends.
Date published: 2006-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite hybrid I am not usually a fan of hybrids. I prefer heirloom or at least open pollinated as a matter of principle. The Sweet Tangerine tomato is my big exception. They have a real burst of flavor without being too acidic. I could just eat them all day long. Home made bread, home made mayonnaise, fresh cooked bacon and a sweet tangerine tomato- and lots of paper towels. Please don't ever discontinue this tomato.
Date published: 2006-02-08
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