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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Mule Team'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Mule Team

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Fusarium Wilt (F)

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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11 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive zark On Apr 5, 2014, zark from Elysburg, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Mule Team; First time planted was 2013. May have been my largest and strongest plants, no foliage problems, etc. Near perfect shaped fruits, great taste, large size, no cracking, no BER, etc. Very pleased with this variety. A must plant again tom. Two small M T were my last two toms to be eaten in late November, picked a few weeks before and ripened indoors.

Positive decherdt On Jun 18, 2013, decherdt from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Our first year with this cultivar. About half as productive as our most prolific variety, but this year's favorite for old fashioned tomato flavor. Will grow again.

Positive riceke On Jan 24, 2013, riceke from Snellville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Can't talk enough about this variety. It produced like a hybrid for me with 10~12oz fruit in the beginning tapering off to 6~7 oz fruit toward the end of the season. Very good taste. Was nearly disease free for me and produce into and through the dog days of summer. It was the only variety that lasted until frost. It is the mainstay of my garden.

Positive tomatolarry On Feb 11, 2012, tomatolarry from Dalton, GA wrote:

Mule Team is one of my favorites. They are very, hearty plants which produce all season. They don't bear quite as heavily as other's but I get fruit which are up to 2 lbs. in size. I had one plant which contracted fusarium wilt, but it lived in spite of this and kept bearing tomatoes. Two thumbs up!

Positive Dboardman On Dec 17, 2010, Dboardman from San Bernardino, CA wrote:

This was a great tomato for my first large garden. Very good yield, large fruit, acidic tasting, would have had a good second crop but finally succumbed to spider mites. Froze and canned very well. Saved seeds, will grow again.

Positive passiflora_pink On Aug 11, 2010, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Flavorful midseason tomatoes with good disease resistance. Productive.

Neutral lssfishhunter On Jan 21, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is not a bad variety but others taste and produce better. Tomatoes were slightly acidic and made good sandwiches but a lack of great production keeps it from going in my garden anymore.

Positive IO1 On Jul 31, 2008, IO1 from Waaaay Down South, GA wrote:

Very prolific , withstands southern humidity and is a great tasting beef steak tomato with medium sized fruit. This is my second year growing this variety with great success in an Earth Box. Will definitely grow it again.

Positive tmountain On Jul 7, 2008, tmountain from Gainesville, FL wrote:

Seeds took longer to germinate than most, but this plant is still producing new clusters of 1lb. fruits in terrible humidity with Florida temperatures climbing into the mid 90's. Produces 20 or more blossoms at a time. Good disease resistance and good flavor.

Positive 82840 On May 24, 2006, 82840 from Manvel, TX wrote:

disease free with big fruit.prolific producer with great flavor.will plant more next time.upper tx gulf coast weather did not harm the plants

Positive cottonpicker On Oct 15, 2005, cottonpicker from Audubon, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Definitely "thumbs up"!!! BIG --- 18 - 25 oz fruits from this one. Great taste! Disease-free.

Positive Big_Red On Mar 8, 2005, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very prolific main crop tomato with 8-12 oz. fruit, some over 1 lb. Bright red fruit with that 'old fashioned' flavor.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Pelham, Alabama
Tucson, Arizona
West Fork, Arkansas
Menifee, California
San Bernardino, California
Gainesville, Florida
Dalton, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Omaha, Nebraska
Elysburg, Pennsylvania
North Sioux City, South Dakota
Nashville, Tennessee

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