75 days to reach maturity
Harvest the mature tomatoes as soon as they ripen (75-80 days after sowing) and develop their full color, frequent harvesting encourages further flowering and fruiting.
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Tomato 'Moneymaker' Overview
Solanum lycopersicum 'Moneymaker' is a well-known perennial tomato variety that reliably produces plenty of smooth, round, medium-size fruit throughout the summer. Due to its half-hardy nature, this cultivar is best grown as an annual plant as it won't overwinter well in freezing climates. Place in a position of full sun and well-draining soil. Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so they require a high nutrient fertiliser for optimal fruit production. Ideally use a fertiliser with a balanced ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (such as 10-10-10) or use one with a higher level of phosphorus compared to nitrogen (such as 2-3-1). Manure and compost can also be used prior to planting and during the growing season. Tomato 'Moneymaker' has exceptional flavour, and is a much-loved garden variety today. It can continue to grow all summer, resulting in a long season of plenty of fresh tomatoes!
Common problems with Tomato 'Moneymaker'
Tomato plants can be eaten by a whole range of pests, including caterpillars, slugs & snails, mites and other plant bugs like aphids and stink bugs. It's advised to regularly check plants, especially beneath the leaves. Discolouration and wilting should be investigated further. Companion planting and organic sprays can help control pest numbers.
Tomato 'Moneymaker' Companion Plants
Interplanting your tomatoes with other strong scented plants can help to mask the tomato plant from unwanted pests. Examples of these are the onion family (Chives, Garlic) and the mints (Spearmint, Oregano and Basil). The most commonly used is Tagetes patula (French marigold), although some believe it can subtly change the flavour of the fruit. Grow Borage, Queens Anne Lace, Parsley and Dill to protect against Tomato Hornworm. These flowers will attract adult parasitic wasps and other predatory flies that feed on their umbellifer flowers. The larvae of these wasps feed on the Tomato hornworm, while the flies will feed ob various tomato pests. Asparagus produces Asparagus acid. When grown near tomato plants, this acid will repel nematodes that are known to attack. Tomato plants also protect Asparagus as they contain Solanine, a type of poison that kills the Asparagus beetle. Ground cover plants, including mints, stabilize moisture loss round tomato plants and other Solanaceae, which come from very humid climates, these can help prevent moisture-related problems like blossom end rot.
How to propagate Tomato 'Moneymaker'
Sow seeds in spring and early summer. Germination takes 7-14 days. Transplant when seedlings gain first 2 true (mature) leaves, space 60cm apart, ripen in 75-80 days after sowing.
Cutting root easily if placed in a glass of water.
Special features of Tomato 'Moneymaker'
Tomatos are heavy feeders.
Can be grown in pots, but will need trellising because of its indeterminate growth habit.
Other uses of Tomato 'Moneymaker'
The fruit is edible, moderately sweet with normal texture.