Early Tomatoes

Momotaro Tomato

Momotaro Tomato

TM872

70 days. Momotaro is one of the most popular tomato varieties in Japanese markets and for good reason. Named after a hero in Japanese folklore, it will also be the hero of your garden. An unsurpassable fresh eating tomato. Its flavor is an intricate and harmonious combination of sweet and tangy that has won Momotaro several tomato tasting contests. The radiant, dark pink slicers weigh 6-7 ounces. Momotaro is durable, heat tolerant, and crack resistant with good storability. Indeterminate. HR: F 1-2, L, N, ToMV, V. IR: B.
Also available as a conventional or grafted plant.

   Hybrid Variety
  • TM872/S
  • 15 seeds
  • $4.85

  • TM872/P
  • 100 seeds
  • $19.90

  • TM872/B
  • 250 seeds
  • $40.95

  • TM872C1
  • 500 seeds
  • $76.75

  • TM872C2
  • 1M seeds
  • $110.50

  • TM872C3
  • 5M seeds
  • $499.00
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp. for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per 1/8 gramFertilizer Needs
70-90°F6-141/4"55°FSee below3-4'80%3 years≈ 35-40High


Lycopersicon lycopersicum The first ripe, juicy tomato of summer is a delicious milestone of the season for gardeners. Each year we test and evaluate more than 250 tomato varieties to bring you the most flavorful, best performing selections, for every desired use. An array of nutrients and antioxidants including the especially potent lycopene, found in its highest concentration in tomatoes, supports healthy eyesight, cardiovascular health, cancer-fighting capacity, and more.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

Culture
Determinate tomatoes: grow compactly, sprawling laterally, usually do not require staking, and fruit ripens over a short period of time
Indeterminate tomatoes: grow on long vines, generally require pruning to 1 or 2 leaders that need to be trellised
• Fertile, well drained, raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatoes are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• To prevent blossom end rot use a high calcuim amendment
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

Transplanting
• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; up-pot into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Determinates can be spaced 18-24 inches apart, indeterminates 24-36 inches apart
• Tomatoes can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
Common diseases: Early and late blight
Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when fully ripe, do not refrigerate for best flavor
• Green fruit should be ripened in a cool, dark area; make sure fruit are not touching

KEY TO TOMATO DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
B | Bacterial Wilt
F* | Fusarium Wilt
FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
L | Gray Leaf Spot
LB | Late Blight
LM | Leaf Mold
N | Roundworm | Nematode
PL | Corky Root Rot
PM | Powdery Mildew
PST | Bacterial Speck
RK | Root-Knot
TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
V | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.
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Dec 2, 2015  |  By Linda
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In south Florida, it produced a bumper crop of tomatoes. All my coworkers loved them. Any tomato that can stand up to nematodes and fungal diseases in Florida deserves a space in the garden.
Like this tomato!
Aug 31, 2015  |  By Pat
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Grew for the first time this year and was impressed. Is a small to medium globe tomato with good disease resistance, and average yield. That's it for the technical stuff - what is really important about this tomato is the taste. it is phenomenal. Well balanced, moderate acid with a touch of sweetness that lingers on the palate. It's not an intense, knock your socks off type of tomato, but has a subtle complexity that is unlike most American types I have grown. I am adding this to the regulars in my home garden.
Tastes great - production poor
Aug 12, 2012  |  By Connie Brashears
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Out of 16 varieties and 50 plants, it was one of the poorest producing, producing only about 6 small tomatoes per plant. This was the second year I tried them, but I will not try them again. My garden space is too valuable to get 6 tomatoes per plant, no matter how good they taste.
One of the absolute best
Jul 18, 2012  |  By Len Welsh
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This is a fabulous tomato. Among the top 3 of the 100's of tomatoes I have tasted for flavor. Texture is fabulous too. The Japanese know what they are doing!