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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Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

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:

Indeterminate

Fruit Shape:

Standard

Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:

Red

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing

Canning

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Potato Leaf

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

5
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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

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

Neutral

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

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

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.