Days to Maturity: 75 – 80 days from transplanting
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
Exposure: Full sun; at least 6 hours per day. Temperatures above 55°F at night are required for fruit set. Night temperatures above 75°F in the summer inhibit fruit set.
Plant Dimensions: Vines up to 6′ or longer
Variety Info: 3½–4 ounce, 2 1/2″ globe-shaped fruits. ‘Moneymaker’ is an indeterminate type tomato.
When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. Transplant when air temperature is 45°F or warmer, usually 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°‒90°F.
Days to Emerge: 5 – 10 days
Seed Depth: ⅛”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24″ – 36″
Row Spacing: 36″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 24″ – 36″
Harvesting: “Moneymaker’ tomatoes are at the peak of sun-ripened deliciousness when they are fully red, and have a slight give when gently squeezed. Tomatoes may also be picked at the “first blush” stage, when 50% of the tomatoes’ color has begun to change, and ripened at room temperature without decreasing flavor or nutrition. Picking often and early increases yield, and decreases the risk of cracking and pest damage. Ripe fruit left on the vine during rain or watering is more susceptible to splitting. About 1 month before the average first fall frost, clip all blossoms and undersized fruit off the plant, signaling to the plant to ripen what’s left. Pick any unripe fruit before frost, and store them indoors in a single layer away from direct sunlight to ripen.”
Special Care: Do not mulch when weather is still cool; the roots of young plants need to be in soil that is warmed by the sun. When the weather warms up and plants are established, mulch to a depth of 2″ or 3″ with a material such as straw, leaves, or compost, to conserve moisture, reduce weed growth, and keep the roots warm.