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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Matina'

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: Matina

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


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:
Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Potato Leaf

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DonShirer On Jul 18, 2014, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Only a tad bigger than a cherry tomato, but reliably early and tastes ok. Not a huge producer for me, but I'll probably keep growing it so I can have something to snack on while the regular season fruits are still green!

Positive SLO_Garden On Jul 21, 2010, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Matina is an excellent early tomato. It has a well-balanced flavor that is quite good for an early. The plant is compact, prolific, and fairly disease resistant. Matina is very similar to Stupice.

Positive mcgerm On Sep 27, 2009, mcgerm from Galesburg, MI wrote:

Only tomato plants not dead from Late Blight in my garden.

Neutral lco On Sep 27, 2009, lco from Edmonton
Canada wrote:

This plant produced constantly and well in a 5 gallon container 2009. Seeded March 1, it had 10 fruit set indoors in low light. 7 of those ripened under triple "frost blanket" (Remay type) during 3 weeks of mid-May sub freezing weather.
The flavor is good and cores are smallish, so there is less to pare away. Size and shape of fruit is highly consistant. Vine is strong and vigorous whether grown in container or garden. I find the skin a little bit tough, but that is a valuable characteristic that often means higher resistance to cracking, diseases and rots. Matina produced ALL clean unblemished fruit in container and garden 2009. Freezing them whole, then thawing, allows easy skin removal before using in recipes.

Positive rwk On Feb 28, 2007, rwk from Gainesville, VA wrote:

This plant is early as advertised and taste better than Stupice or Early girl, IMHO. It grows well in the Northern VA area. I received seeds from Tomato Growers Supply Co and only downside is I have problems getting even new seed to germinate for this tomato.

Positive Big_Red On Jul 25, 2005, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very early, small bright red tomato with a well balanced flavor. I'll start these next year for my early tomato rather than Early Girl, they are earlier, a little smaller, but with a taste that is far superior.

Seeds available from Harvest Moon Farm.


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

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Corte Madera, California
San Luis Obispo, California
San Marcos, California
Clinton, Connecticut
Westbrook, Connecticut
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Galesburg, Michigan
Eugene, Oregon
Elgin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia

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