Organic Tomato Moneymaker
Money Maker Tomato: Solanum lycopersicum
- Popular heirloom variety dating from early 1910s.
- High yielding, Consistent performer
- Sow: Jan-Mar
- Harvest: Aug-Oct
Tomato 'Moneymaker' gained popularity for its uniformity, exceptional flavour and consistent performance even in poorer soils. They remain a much-loved garden variety today. An heirloom variety, originally bred by Mr Fred Stonor of Stonor's Nursery near Southampton. High-yielding with snooker-ball sized fruits weighing roughly 140-170g.
Sow: January to March. Plant seeds in trays or modules of good organic compost between January and March at a temperature of 18-21°C. Seed can also be planted in March and April on a sunny windowsill, or using a propagator for earlier sowings.
Pot up into 8cm pots when the first few true leaves appear and the plants are approximately 8cm tall. Transplant outside after the last frost.
Grow: MoneyMaker like full sun in well draining very fertile soil. For containers the best soil to use is half potting compost and half a general purpose soil-loam compost. Half-Hardy annual, hardiness 5-10°C.
As the plant grows pinch out base side shoots of the leaf joint, but not the flower stems to encourage fruit production. Support with strings or canes, placing one plant per pot and spacing 60cm apart. Once the plants have set 4 or 5 trusses of fruit pinch out the growing tip of the plant. Remove older, yellowing leaves from the base of the plant to improve light and air flow to the lower trusses of fruit.
Water consistently and feed with tomato fertiliser every 2 to 3 weeks after 1st fruits have set.
Harvest: August to October. Pick as soon as ripe to encourage more fruit. Harvest all as frost threatens and ripen on a window sill.