Moneymaker Pole Tomato Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet yields approximately 24 plants when started inside.
2.9375 out of 5 stars
(16 reviews)
Availability: Out of Stock
A very popular variety for commercial growers in the 1950s and 1960s, 'Moneymaker' earned its name because of its uniformity and reliably heavy yields. The medium-sized fruits are sweet with a meaty texture, making them versatile for use in fresh or cooked dishes. A good choice for greenhouses as well as outdoors. A favorite of southern gardeners and those in climates with hot, humid summers.
$1.99 30 seeds

Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

Days to Maturity: 75–80 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Andes

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: Vines up to 6' or longer

Variety Information: 3 ½–4 ounce, 2 ½" globe-shaped fruits.

Type: Indeterminate, Slicer (Learn more)

Attributes: Heat Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. Transplant when air temperature is 45°F or warmer, usually 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ⅛"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"–36"

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"–36"

Harvesting: 'Moneymaker' tomatoes are at the peak of sun-ripened deliciousness when they are fully red, and have a slight give when gently squeezed.

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Moneymaker Pole Tomato Seeds Reviews

16 reviews

Laura in Indiana zone 5b

4 out of 5 stars Jul 20, 2018
Moneymaker germinate, grow reliably, and produce well in our unpredictable summers. Through wet variable temps spring, dry hot summer the fruit are plentiful well into fall. The flavor is very good and maybe smaller than expected without some irrigation. This tomato is very reliable and flavorful.
Laura Richey from IN

Finally, a Seed that Works for Me

4 out of 5 stars Jun 24, 2019
This Moneymaker seed is the best I've found for my location in southern Arizona. I'd never tried them before this year. Six plants, and I'm inundated with tomatoes. Two nice handfuls per day, lately. I planted them underneath a Mesquite tree to protect them from mid-day sun, which is very intense here. Mesquite isn't heavy shade, probably lets 50% of the sunlight through. They get full sun mornings and late afternoons. The production tells me they are getting more than enough sunlight. Daytime temps are above 100 F, yet I'm still getting blossom sets, which really surprised me. The bugs haven't bothered them so far. Plants look very healthy, haven't had to use pesticides at all (knock on wood). Through trial and error, I found that I had to use 3 seeds per starter pot to ensure a germination, but these seeds are so inexpensive, that's not a big deal. Besides, if these are heirlooms, I should be able to self-sustain by saving the seeds from a few tomatoes. The fruits aren't as big as advertised, more like 1 1/2", but they're tasty. Maybe the small size is due to the heat, and my soil.
Kevin from AZ

Growing Nicely

5 out of 5 stars Jul 11, 2019
Can't wait to eat some tomatoes! They are almost a foot tall now and growing so good, organic soil was used, very excited.
Vikki Gavin from FL

Not Moneymakers

3 out of 5 stars Jan 1, 2021
I dunno what these were for but they were not moneymakers. Maybe a Cherokee purple. Nice looking tomato, though.
Jason from HI
Owner Response: Hi Jason, Thank you for contacting us. A customer service agent will be with you soon to help.

Not moneymaker...

2 out of 5 stars Jun 27, 2021
Like another reviewer stated... grew from seed, and these are not moneymaker; probably cherokee purple.
Brendan from TX
Owner Response: Hello Brendan, Thank you for contacting us. A customer service representative will reach out to you shortly with assistance.

A possible seed mix up

3 out of 5 stars Jul 5, 2021
I've never tried the moneymaker variety so I wasn't sure what to expect. I believe this might be a Cherokee purple though. It's definitely not red.
Nicole from TN
Owner Response: Hi Nicole, Thank you for the feedback. Our quality control team I working with the grower/supplier on this issue. We are sorry for the inconvenience. A customer service agent will be with you soon to help.

Not money maker

3 out of 5 stars Jul 8, 2021
I came on here to read the reviews because mine look like Cherokee purple too. I'm sure they will taste good, but I'm a little disappointed. I wanted the higher yield of money maker.
Kim from GA
Owner Response: Hi Kim, Thank you for the feedback. Our quality control team I working with the grower/supplier on this issue. We are sorry for the inconvenience. A customer service agent will be with you soon to help.

Glad I'm not the only one

1 out of 5 stars Jul 14, 2021
Mine were also Cherokee purple. Glad to see it wasn't just me as I was really concerned about my brain! Also pretty sure the poppies I grew weren't Lauren's grape!
John from NC
Owner Response: Hi John, We are sorry about the mix-up and are working with the grower on the issue. A customer service agent will be with you soon to help.

Germinated and Growing, but Not Moneymakers

4 out of 5 stars Jul 19, 2021
I planted 8 of these plants which I grew from seed. They germinated and grew well and now they are starting to ripen. They are delicious, but I don't think they are Moneymakers. They are large (about a pound each) and are purple/green/red. They look more like Cherokee than a Moneymaker. Again, delicious, producing well, but not Moneymaker.
Rebecca from VA
Owner Response: Hi Rebecca, Thanks for sharing your experience. Our quality control team is working with the grower on the issue. A customer service agent will be with you shortly via email to help.

Same as others...not moneymakers

3 out of 5 stars Aug 22, 2021
I have a similar review to others! These germinated easily and are producing large, dark red, almost purple fruit. Beautiful fruit, just not what I planned for! And I don't think they're producing as much as a typical moneymaker would. Purple Cherokee sounds right to me.
Melanie from CO
Owner Response: Hi Melanie, We are sorry this happened. A customer service agent will be with via email to help.

Cherokee Purple?

1 out of 5 stars Aug 30, 2021
I planted 30 "Money Makers" to be our primary farmers' market tomato variety. Like others, I got 30 Cherokee Purples, which will not be as desirable in my market. This will amount to a significant loss in income for our new farm. Extremely disappointed...
Paul from NH
Owner Response: Hi Paul, We are sorry that this happened. We are working with the seed farmer to fix the issue. A customer service agent will be contacting you by email.

Not a Moneymaker Either

3 out of 5 stars Sep 6, 2021
Since this was my first year planting these seeds I was a little surprised that they weren't red in color and looked like Cherokee Purple tomatoes. I never gave it a second thought until I read the reviews on this site. Too bad because I was looking forward to trying a variety I had never planted before. Will they be in stock next season?
Greg from MD
Owner Response: Hi Greg, Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are sorry about this issue. We are working closely with the grower on this issue and will make this item in stock when we have new seed that is correct. A customer service agent will be contacting you via email to help make things right.

Moneymaker or Cherokee Purple?

2 out of 5 stars Nov 16, 2021
Planted what the package said were Moneymaker seeds this Spring, and turns out they were Cherokee Purple. A little disappointed as we were wanting a big crop of red tomatoes for canning. The Cherokee Purple plants grew well, even though they were a little unexpected. Everything else we ordered met or exceeded expectations, especially the Grandmother's Flower Garden!
Patti from CO
Owner Response: Hi Patti, We are sorry for this issue. It has been worked out with our supplier. A customer service agent will be contacting you by email to help.


5 out of 5 stars Jan 3, 2022
These were exactly as the label said, "prolific" they all germinated quickly. The taste..... delicious juicy and sweet! We had tricky weather patterns in early summer leaving a couple cat-faced so I pinched the ones I recognized. Also a big rain storm came when they were almost ready, I had to remove all of them, I brought them in to finish ripening. I made so much gazpacho but I froze a lot of sauce too. Its never summer without tomatoes!
Elizabeth from PA

Wrong tomato seeds?

3 out of 5 stars Jan 14, 2022
I thinks the Moneymaker tomato seeds I received in the package where not Moneymaker seeds. The tomatoes were almost deep purple red and greenish where they attached to the vine. This tomatoes split mostly on the top and we're infected easily. This tomatoes were very flavorful and meaty. Unfortunately I had discard so many. I was happy with the other seeds I received. The description in your catalogue did not correspond what ultimately grew in my garden.
Mirella from CO
Owner Response: Hi Mirella, We are sorry about this. This was a known issue with our grower which has been resolved. A customer service agent will be emailing you to make it right. As a side note, picking a the breaker stage (half colored) and ripening them indoors avoids splitting and does not impact flavor as the stem is scarred over at that point.

Did not live up to title

1 out of 5 stars Feb 5, 2022
I bought these specifically for their heavy harvest -- husband loves tomatoes and we use them a lot in cooking. We only got 2 tomatoes which were anemic and never fully reddened -- left a third on the vine longer to see if it would get ripe, but it was still hard and green when we got the first frost. Very disappointing.
E from MD
Owner Response: Hi E, Thank you for sharing your feedback. From your other reviews, it reads as though you sowed these seeds outside. We recommend sowing tomatoes indoors (see packet instructions) in order to achieve the proper soil temperature for germination and to give tomato plants a head start since they take a very long time to mature. You can find more tips for success on the seed packet and in the Sow and Grow article linked in the Learn More tab on this product page. Production issues would be directly linked to environmental conditions (media/soil, water, nutrients, etc.) and we are always happy to help troubleshoot issues so you can have a great harvest. Happy gardening!

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