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MOMOTARO

MOMOTARO

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70 days. Momotaro is one of the most popular tomato varieties in Japanese markets and for good reason. Its flavor is an intricate and harmonious combination of sweet and tangy that has won Momotaro several tomato tasting contests. The radiant 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.
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Customer Reviews

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Lisa P.
Grafted plants doing extremely well

I received my grafted plants here in NM on April 2, hardened them off right away, and now in the first week of June I already have tomatoes! Nothing ripe yet, but on the way. Also, they plants were healthy enough to fend off a big fungus gnat infestation a few weeks ago before I realized what was going on and stepped in. Pic taken on June 2. Overall I am extremely pleased. Incidentally this tomato is closest in flavor to the tomatoes my grandfather grew when I was a child, from seeds he brought to the US from Italy. I have spent my life searching for "that tomato" and this is the closest.

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J.T.
Live MOMOTARO tomato plants.

Received my tomato plants today. First time ordering life plants from territorial seed company. First impressions is that the plants are very healthy, much larger than expected. I’m sure they’re gonna grow good and produce lots of fruit. Been growing this variety from seeds for many years. Getting lazy in my old age and decided to let someone else do the work. No regrets and would recommend for sure. John

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linda z.
My favorite tomato for 13 years now!!

I first read about the Momotaro tomato in 2007 in a Seattle area newspaper gardening column by Chris Smith. He raved! Plants weren't available, and wouldn't be for quite a few more years, possibly 10. When Territorial first started selling Momotaro seeds, I happily bought right away! and not knowing how well they would germinate, I started all of the seeds to make sure i got at least a few plants. All of them produced a healthy plant in my zone 8B Puget Sound garden! Each plant grew many tomatoes, both in my yard and in other Puget Sound friends' gardens. Each year, i have succeeded in growing these from seed, and each year they are my favorite tomato, both for canning, eating fresh in salads or on sour dough bread with mayo,making ketchup, sauces. I have a few other standby tomatoes i grow, but these Momos are my workhorse tomatoes!

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Nancy
Mild and delicate, yet flavorful and robust

This was my first year growing Momotaro. The tomatoes are less acidic, but flavorful. They are pleasant to eat sliced in a sandwich because the skins are thin, but not so thin that the tomatoes are easily damaged. I do not think they quite work in pico de gallo because more acidity is needed to stand up to the other ingredients. I found the trellising (using Florida weave) a bit challenging because the leaves are more thin and curved than other varieties I've grown; so more care was needed to avoid damaging them. I did also have some gray mold early in the season. I am looking forward to doing better by this interesting variety next year. Notes to self with Momotaro: keep well ahead of the plant's growth, adding more twine higher on the posts sooner; and be strict with pruning.

Soil Temp for Germ 70-90°F
Seed Depth 1/4"
Days to Emergence 6-14
Soil Temp for Transp 55°F
Plant Spacing See below
Row Spacing 3-4'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 280-320
Seed Life 3 years



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 calcium 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.
• Aal | Alternaria Stem Canker
• 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
• PST | Bacterial Speck
• RK | Root-Knot
• TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
• ToANV* | Tomato Apex Necrotic Virus
• ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
• TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
• TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
• V* | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers and letters indicate specific disease race.

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