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Hi! I have been growing cherry tomatoes from seeds for a few seasons with very good luck. This season I have a large crop as usual but they are all are orange. They seem to be ripe, but just remain orange. They seem to taste OK but just don't look as appetizing as the bright red ones I usually have. I started these from seeds quite a bit earlier than usual and had a load of new top soil added to my garden. I was wondering if this had anything to do with my tomatoes or if they were just a different kind of seed. Thanks so much. -- Dennis

Hi, Dennis. If the tomatoes are ripe and taste good, my feeling is they are supposed to be orange. There are many different varieties of tomatoes, including striped, purple, orange and even yellow ones. I suspect you just planted orange ones this year. If you still have the seed pack and can send me the variety name, I'd be happy to look it up for you. -- Jessica

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