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Tempting Tomatoes® 'Garden Treasure' Lycopersicon esculentum

  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
48" 20"
34 - 48"
12 - 20"
  • Details


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    Garden to Table Goodness. This indeterminate, slicer type tomato has been hailed as a breakthrough.  It was developed to have true heirloom taste, with modern disease resistance and high yield of large fruit. It performs well in heat and humidity. It has a smooth, balanced flavor and is delicious in salads and sauces.  This tomato will produce fruit for an extended period of time. Fruit ripens in about 70-75 days from transplant. If you grow them from seed, the first mature fruit will take 91 to 103 days.

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    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    34 - 48 Inches
    24 - 30 Inches
    12 - 20 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    This is a garden tomato that will prolifically produce mid-sized tomatoes with truly fantastic taste.  They grow quite large in the landscape, but when grown in a container they are more contained in size.  They do need to be staked or caged to grow them successfully.  This tomato will produce fruit for an extended period of time. If you are growing this plant in a container, a 14" diameter (5 gallon volume) is the minimum necessary size. The ideal size size would be a 16" to 20" (7-10 gallon) container. Be sure to provide support by using a tomato cage or other structure in the container.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Seeds can be started indoors 5-6 weeks before the last frost in your area. Seeds should be planted about 1/8" into the soil then transplant the seedlings outdoors after all risk of frost has passed. You can also direct sow into your garden or pots outdoors after the threat of frost has passed. However, starting seeds indoors will give you a substantial head-start for harvesting your first tomatoes.

    When germinating the seeds, be sure to keep the soil temperature at 75-90° until the seeds sprout. The temperatures can be decreased a bit once the plants are up and growing. The number of days to germination is 5-10.

    Once the seedlings are a few inches tall and growing well, you may want to thin out the number of seedlings. One plant in a cell or pot would be ideal.  If you are direct seeding into the ground, thin seedlings until they are 24 to 30 inches apart. Rows should be about 3 feet apart.

    'Garden Treasure' fruit ripens in about 70-75 days from transplant. If you grow them from seed, the first mature fruit will take 91 to 103 days.

    Indeterminate tomatoes will grow quite large.  You will need to use a tomato cage or staking of some sort to support the plants.  They will need to be kept from getting excessively dry. Consistent watering and regular fertilization will be key to keeping your plant in full production mode. They can be grown in containers, a minimum of 12 inches in diameter is suggested, but larger is better.  If grown in containers they will still need to be given support of a tomato cage or stake of some sort.  These plants are quite disease resistant and with proper care should provide fruit throughout the season.

    The basics:

    • Days to Germinate – 5-10 days
    • Germination Rate - 94-99%
    • Transplant to Harvest – 70-75 days
    • Planting Depth – 1/8”
    • Plant Spacing After Thinning – 24-30”
    • Row Spacing – 36”
    • Exposure – Full sun (6+ hours)
    Tempting Tomatoes® 'Garden Treasure' Lycopersicon esculentum USPVP 201400065
  • 9 Reviews

    • What an amazing performer. I will definitely replant this one

      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 20 weeks ago
    • Plant year: 2020. At first this tomato was amazing. Doubling in size quickly until it was about 5' tall. Fruit began setting with a huge amount of blooms. Then the blossoms started dying and dropping. Leaves curled and died in the top 1/3 of plant. I probably got 30 small/medium tomatoes. Not the crop I anticipated. Disappointing performance. Will be returning to the tried and true varieties.

      Cindy Noel
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 23 weeks ago
    • This plant has gone above and beyond what I ever thought it would. The tomatoes are a great slicer size and the plants are sturdy. It has produced so many tomatoes and I have had no issues as far as diseases so far. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

      Sarah Shuman
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 25 weeks ago
    • Container grown along with Garden Gem. Had no idea what to expect but I like the results. Have a small irrigation timer on all the plants. Used mild organic tomato fertilizer every two weeks. In Georgia we have stretches of no rain and extreme heat. Not a good combination for tomatoes. Had initial success - they grew like weeds - while the temperatures were moderate Spring to Summer and a small but tasty yield from both varieties. The plants were struggling - dropping older leaves due to the heat - but putting out new growth just as quickly. Surprisingly they survived through the summer and after the heat broke they have both produced heavy yields. I've been eating tomatoes through mid September and October and now it's almost November. I will not cover them (since I had expected them to be done well before now) and it's a 'race' between what will ripen before the frost gets them. We're about to have 3 days with temps at night in the mid 30's. Yes. I'd grow them both again. Plan to pick the semi red ones tonight before this cold snap begins. They ripen very well inside with a sweet mild flavor. Hope this helps.

      Earl Obront
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • omg love this tomato. i was late this year in starting seeds (march) so i grabbed these. it was too cold to plant outside so i temporarily put 2 plants in raised bed in greenhouse. i had 1 in a pot. anyway I never saw such nice huge tomatoes and it's late September and they are still growing like crazy in my greenhouse, they grew so nice i left them there. was just online figuring how trim them. i always only grew plum tomatoes ...not anymore. jackie

      Jackie Cicardo
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I had so many large sized tasty tomatoes!

      Jennifer Winship
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
    • I bought 3 of these plants in Kansas this year and the rest in my garden of 25 plants were celebrity and Jet star. I take growing my tomatoes plants very seriously and spend an enormous amount of time getting everything perfect. However, this year I got destroyed by some type of blight. It’s late July and most of my celebrity and jet stars are dead. I tried chemicals a month ago to no avail. However, the garden treasures have only shown a very mild effect on the lower leaves. They are growing strong and producing whereas almost all of my plants are dead. I really hope I can find these next year or at least get some seeds.

      Mike Ruffalo
      , Kansas
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • This plant is taking off in a 15" container! (wish I had put it in a 20" and bigger cage) After transplant shock (~2 days) it's more than doubled in height and at least tripled in leaves in one week. It will probably.double in height again in a week of current growth continues. I should probably prune some of the suckers and shoots, but it's amazing how much this plant grows every day since it's roots got a hold on to the potting soil and fertilizer and local climate. (Colorado. 6-9 hrs direct sun as a few more hours of partial shade) This is by far the strongest of the 4 tomato varieties I planted in containers this year and I'm looking forward to some fruit in a few weeks (already had a few flowers about a week after the ~6" start Used miracle gro organic potting mix with happy frog tomato/vegetable 5-7-3 fertilizer at recommended premix levels, and a dash of booster at ~ 10 days

      Joe e
      , Colorado
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • My family and I (located in PA and central NY) both grew Garden Treasure last year prior to its commercial release, and it's easily one of the best slicing tomatoes! It's the larger version of Garden Gem, also seen here on Proven Winners. This article on Garden Gem is from a few years ago: Also see Harry Klee's tomato breeding lab at University of Florida for more information about Garden Treasure and their other new varieties:

      Matt S
      , 2 years ago
  • 13 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2018 Top Performer Penn State
    2018 Top Performer University of Guelph
    2018 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2018 Leader of the Pack - All Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 Leader of the Pack - Late Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 Top Performer Cornell University
    2018 Perfect Score All Season Oregon State University
    2018 Top Showy Ornamental Foliage and Edible Crops Mississippi State University - Poplarville
    2018 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2018 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
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