Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Moreton Hybrid') in the Tomatoes Database

Botanical names:
Solanum lycopersicum Accepted
Lycopersicon lycopersicum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.


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Location: Safety Harbor, FLDate: 2015-02-01Seedling
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Location: Safety Harbor, FLDate: 2015-04-08Transplanted to Earthbox on 2/23/15 -- lots of tomatoes setting o
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Posted by p1mkw (Safety Harbor, FL - Zone 10a) on Feb 2, 2015 6:16 AM

A long time favorite of mine. Nice tomato taste and a good producer. Harris Seeds is the only source I know of for this tomato. It was 'AWOL' for a few years due to losing one of the parents. As the story goes, the developing seed company, Moreton, was sold and the seeds were lost during that sale. A few years later someone who had bought a jar of seeds at the auction (which turned out to be the missing parent) offered them to Harris in exchange for a lifetime supply of fava bean seeds. When the variety was no longer profitable, it was discontinued in 2004. Fast forward to 2009 when Joe Musumeci of Eastern Seed Services orchestrated the reintroduction through a cooperative effort with Eastern Seed Services, Harris Seeds and Rutgers NJAES. Definitely a tomato with an interesting background and story.

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p1mkw From January 13, 2015 to January 15, 2015 Potted up
Moved sprouts to individual pots
p1mkw From January 10, 2015 to January 12, 2015 Seeds germinated
Seeds sprouted.
p1mkw On January 5, 2015 Seeds sown
Started seeds on damp paper towel
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