Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Mr Stripey Tomato Plant
“Mr. Stripey” tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum “Mr. Stripey”) are an heirloom variety of beefsteak tomato, which grows as an annual in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 11. Without pruning, it reaches up to 10 feet tall with fruit maturing 55 to 85 days after planting. The fruit grows between 1/2 to 2 pounds. The ideal temperature for growing these red and yellow striped tomatoes is between 50 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit in full sun location 1 Locate "Mr. Stripey" tomato plants in full sun areas with at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight per day. Because of the large size of these plants, ideal spacing for this tomato variety is 36 to 48 inches apart. Air circulation around the branches of the plant dries the leaves quickly after rainfall, which keeps the plant healthy. 2 Bend a section of 6-foot-tall fencing into a cylinder 22 inches wide. Use heavy-duty wire fencing with a 4- to 6-inch-mesh. Cut the fencing with wire cutters, and fasten together with plastic twist ties. Place the cage over the tomato plant, and thread the branches through the wire mesh as the plant grows larger. 3 Spread 1 to 2 inches of organic mulch around the base of the tomato plants. Use straw, dried grass clippings or shredded leaves to prevent the quick evaporation of the soil moisture. Mulching also slows the growth of weeds around the tomato plants. Pull any weeds that survive the mulch by hand. Cultivating near the tomato plants can accidentally damage the stems and roots. 4 Water the soil around the tomato plants whenever no rainfall occurs for the week. Keep the soil moist. Letting the soil dry out and then flooding it with water causes fruit production problems in tomato plants. Keep the leaves dry and water in the morning to prevent most plant diseases from infecting the tomato plants. 5 Cut away suckers from the main branches of the plants with pruning shears, but keep most of the shading leaves intact to prevent sunscald of the fruit. Pinch off some of the flowers from large cluster of blossoms to allow the remaining flowers to set and grow large fruit. 6 Sprinkle 1/2 cup of 5-10-5 or tomato fertilizer around each of the tomato plants. Scratch the granules into the top inch of soil and water well. Feed the tomato plants when the first of the fruit is about 1 inch across and then again when harvest begins. Good luck with your Mr. Stripey Tomato Plants.