Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Amana Orange') in the Tomatoes Database

Botanical names:
Solanum lycopersicum Accepted
Lycopersicon lycopersicum Synonym

Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Skin Color: Orange
Flesh Color: Orange
Fruit Shape: Beefsteak
Flattened Globe
Fruit Size: Large
Fruit Weight: 10 oz.
Leaf Type: Regular-Leaf
Best Uses: Slicing
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Early
Mid-season
History: A selection made in 1984 by Gary Staley of Brandon, Florida from a plant found in his tomato patch. He named it 'Amana Orange' after the appliance manufacturer in Amana, Iowa where he once worked.
Comments by NJ Ag Exp St.: Sweet flavor at times somewhat bland
Country: USA

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.

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Comments:
Posted by LarryR (South Amana, IA - Zone 5a) on Feb 8, 2015 5:15 PM

This very popular tomato is listed on many websites that offer tomato seeds or plants. Its origin is mistakenly attributed to the Amana Colonies, seven former communal villages in eastern Iowa. It is actually a selection made by Gary Staley that he found growing in his tomato patch in 1984 in Brandon, Florida. He named it 'Amana Orange' because he was once employed by an appliance manufacturer in Amana, Iowa. In the strictest sense of the word, this tomato is not an heirloom.

Last I checked, Mr. Staley was not cooperating in the effort to correct the misinformation that has been spread across the Internet. Several years ago, the Amana Society asked him to stop calling his tomato "Amana." That name is copyrighted/trademarked by the Amana Society and cannot be used without the Society's permission. Mr. Staley is not cooperating.

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Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on Mar 2, 2014 3:12 PM

I grew Amana Orange 2002- 2005. Performs reasonably well. Very similar to the Golden Ponderosa. At least I can't tell the difference when grown side by side. Excellent flavor, but of course I am a fan of yellow beefsteaks and I have grown Golden Ponderosa for 70 years.

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Posted by Trish (Jacksonville, TX - Zone 8a) on Sep 21, 2011 7:54 PM

Indeterminate
85 days to fruit.

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Posted by dave (Jacksonville, Texas - Zone 8b) on Feb 28, 2014 12:32 PM

I'm trialing these this year and am looking forward to seeing how well it performs in our climate. Given that this variety comes from Amana, I bet @LarryR knows a bit about it.

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