- Sun: Full sun
- Harvest Size: 12 to 14 ounces
- Days to Harvest: 80
- Plant Size: 8 to 10 feet
- Plant Type: Indeterminate
Mr. Stripey is a conversation starter. This heirloom combines red and yellow colors in a striped and mottled pattern on the outside and the inside of the fruit. Both its color and mild tangy flavor add diversity to your table.
We recommend planting both hybrid and heirlooms. Hybrids generally bear more and have better disease resistance. Heirlooms have old-fashioned flavor and looks.
Plant from spring (after the last frost) through early summer. If you buy early, you can keep plants on a sunny windowsill until the weather warms. To plant early, protect plants with row cover.
Disease resistance: VF. Plant spacing: 36 inches apart in conventional rows, 24 to 30 inches in intensive gardens. Plants per person: 2 to 3.
Secrets to Success »
Plant deeply so that two-thirds of the plant is buried, stem and all. The buried stem will sprout roots, adding to the strength of the plant. Fertilize when planting and during the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.
Water regularly. Tomatoes need steady watering to develop to full size and to prevent cracking and blossom end rot. To keep the soil moist, mix compost into planting holes, and mulch around the plants after the soil warms. Watering with a soaker hose is best to keep the foliage dry. Wet leaves encourage disease.
Harvest and Use »
Pick these tomatoes as the red color in their skin develops. Often they will continue to develop color after harvest, too. Slice them open to show off their internal colors, which will vary with each tomato. If you are entertaining, leave some unsliced to show guests, who are sure to ask. These are pretty and delicious sliced alone on a plate, in a salad, or in a sandwich.
Support plants on 8-foot stakes, a tall trellis, or a sturdy wire cage to keep fruit off the ground. This keeps the fruit clean and helps keep the tomato plants healthy.
Try These Garden Companions »
- Sweet basil for tomato-and-basil salad or sandwich.
- Parsley, rosemary, and oregano for continental cuisine.
- Roma for cooking and thick sauces.
- Bush Early Girl (determinate) or Early Girl (indeterminate) for early tomatoes.
- German Johnson, Cherokee Purple, Red or Pink Brandywine for other big heirloom tomatoes.
- Homestead, Celebrity, Mountain Pride, Rutgers, Solar Fire, and Roma (determinate types) for a big harvest in a short time.
- Chocolate Cherry, Grape, Husky Cherry Red, Juliet, Sun Sugar, Super Sweet 100, Yellow Pear, or any cherry tomato that bears all season.
- Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, and Lemon Boy for a variety of color and flavor.
- Bush Goliath, Homestead, Mountain Pride, or Patio for medium-sized tomatoes on determinate vines suited to small spaces or containers.
- Big Beef, Goliath, Park's Whopper, or Red Beefsteak (indeterminate types) for sandwich-sized.