Tomato 'Moneymaker'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Moneymaker'

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Some unripe green and ripe red tomatoes on a Solanum lycopersicum 'Moneymaker' plant in a glasshouse
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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, 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.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Seed

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.

Special features

Crop rotation

Tomatos are heavy feeders.

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Pot plant

Can be grown in pots, but will need trellising because of its indeterminate growth habit.

Special features

Origin

English heirloom variety.

Natural climate

Temperate.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible

The fruit is edible, moderately sweet with normal texture.

Personality

Family

Solanaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Tomatos are susceptible to many pests like; stink bugs, cutworms, tomato hornworms and tobacco hornworms, aphids, cabbage loopers, whiteflies, tomato fruitworms, flea beetles, red spider mite, slugs, tomato russet mite, use companion planting and organic sprays to help control pests.

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