Momotaro Gold, Hybrid
Momotaro Gold, Hybrid
Momotaro Gold has finally made it to the US market! It is one of the most popular orange tomatoes in Japan. This variety has orange fruit color with nice flavor and firm flesh making it a good slicer. Fruit are medium size weighing under ½ lb. Plant is indeterminate, medium sized leaves with short internodes. Can be grown for summer through fall harvest under plastic or high tunnel. Disease resistance ToMV (Tm-2a), Fusarium race 1, Fusarium race 2, verticillium, Stemphylium, nematode (Meloidogyneincognita).
Phytorich series, high Cis-Lycopene level: 2,3 mg/100 gr. fruit weight. No blossom end rot (calcium deficiency), less-to-no cracking, better root system, good setting under colder temperatures, some cork under calyx in cold periods. Sweet flavor, uniform and firm texture.
Momotaro varieties do not like daytime temperatures above 86F and poor fruit setting will result. Flowers will abort when temperatures go above 95F.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 10 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- Maturity: Approx. 80 days
- Planting season: Late spring to fall
Cultivation: Cultivation: Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost date (or 8 weeks before expected transplanting date). Keep soil warm until emergence (75-80°F minimum). Seeds will not germinate in cool soil and planting out too early may affect plant vigor. Harden off plants carefully before transplanting. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Transplant in late spring/summer (soil temperatures at least above 60°F) in a warm and sunny location. Plant so that soil level is just below the lowest leaves. Train to a vertical support. Too much nitrogen will produce lush foliage and few fruits.
Momotaro varieties do not like daytime temperatures above 86F and poor fruit setting will result. Temperatures above 95F most pollen die and flowers will abort.
(Points for successful production)
Making healthy seedlings is very important and stressed seedlings do not produce good yields. Transplanting of very young seedlings causes excessive vegetative growth. The best timing to make transplanting is the first flower stage. If growers do not succeed in making fruit setting at first flower stage, it may lead to excessive vegetative growth without fruits for the coming two flowers. Pruning of side branching is recommended for easier control of plant vigor. The timing of additional fertilizer is around the 3rd flower stage, depending on conditions. Growers need to pay attention to the plant vigor until the end since it is sensitive to the amount/application of water & fertilizer.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Excellent fresh eating tomato and for making sauces.