How Do You Take Care of Moneymaker Tomato Plants

Moneymaker tomato plants are a popular choice for home gardeners because they are relatively easy to grow and produce a good yield of fruit. To ensure the best possible yield, it is important to provide your plants with the right care. This includes watering regularly, fertilizing every few weeks, and providing support for the vines as they grow. Additionally, it is important to monitor your plants for pests or diseases and to take steps to control them if necessary.


Moneymaker tomato plants need regular watering, especially during hot, dry weather. Water the plants deeply, soaking the soil to a depth of 6-8 inches. Allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering again.

To avoid fungal diseases, water the plants at the base of the stem, rather than overhead. Water should not be allowed to sit on the leaves of the plants for extended periods.


Moneymaker tomato plants benefit from regular fertilization. Fertilize the plants every 2-3 weeks with a balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 fertilizer. You can also use a fertilizer that is specifically designed for tomatoes.

Follow the directions on the fertilizer package for the correct application rate.

11/2 cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer
31/2 cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer
51/2 cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer
71/2 cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer

Sunlight and Temperature

Moneymaker tomatoes thrive in full sun, which means they need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. If you don’t have a spot in your garden that gets that much sun, you can grow them in a container and move them around to follow the sun.

Moneymaker tomatoes are also warm-season plants, so they need to be grown in a temperature range of 55-85 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperatures get too cold, the plants will stop growing and may even die. If the temperatures get too hot, the plants will produce fewer tomatoes.

  • Full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day)
  • Warm temperatures (55-85 degrees Fahrenheit)
Sunlight Temperature
Full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day) Warm temperatures (55-85 degrees Fahrenheit)

Mulching and Weed Control

Proper mulching and weed control are essential for healthy Moneymaker tomato plants. Here are the key steps to follow:


  • Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as straw, hay, or shredded leaves, around the base of the plants.
  • Maintain a thickness of 2-4 inches around the plants.
  • Mulch helps retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Weed Control:

  1. Hand-pull weeds regularly to prevent competition for nutrients and water.
  2. Use a hoe or cultivator to remove weeds between rows.
  3. Avoid using herbicides, as they can damage the tomato plants.

Table summarizing mulching and weed control practices:

MulchingRetain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature
Weed ControlPrevent competition for nutrients and water

Pest and Disease Management

Moneymaker tomato plants are susceptible to various pests and diseases that can damage the plant’s health and ultimately reduce yield. It is essential to implement effective pest and disease management strategies to protect your tomato plants and ensure a successful growing season.

  • Aphids: These tiny insects feed on plant sap, causing stunted growth and yellowing leaves. They can be controlled by using insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Whiteflies: These small, white insects can transmit viruses and cause leaf yellowing and wilting. Use yellow sticky traps to monitor and control populations.
  • Hornworms: Large, green caterpillars that feed on leaves and fruit. Remove them manually or use Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) spray.
  • Spider Mites: These tiny pests spin webs on leaves, causing yellow stippling and leaf drop. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil to control them.

In addition to pests, Moneymaker tomato plants can also be affected by diseases such as:

  • Blossom End Rot: A calcium deficiency that causes the end of the blossom to rot. Address it by adding calcium supplements to the soil or foliar spray.
  • Tomato Blight: A fungal disease that can spread quickly, causing leaf spots, wilting, and fruit rot. Use fungicides containing copper or mancozeb to prevent and control the disease.
  • Fusarium Wilt: A soil-borne fungus that causes wilting and yellowing of the leaves. There is no cure, so preventive measures are crucial, such as using disease-free plants and rotating crops.
Tips for Preventing and Managing Pests and Diseases on Moneymaker Tomato Plants
Pest/DiseaseSymptomsControl Measures
AphidsStunted growth, yellowing leavesInsecticidal soap, neem oil
WhitefliesLeaf yellowing, wiltingYellow sticky traps, insecticidal soap
HornwormsLarge caterpillars on leaves and fruitManual removal, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)
Spider MitesWebbing on leaves, yellow stipplingInsecticidal soap, neem oil
Blossom End RotBlossom end of fruit turns brown and rotsCalcium supplements to soil or foliar spray
Tomato BlightLeaf spots, wilting, fruit rotFungicides containing copper or mancozeb
Fusarium WiltWilting, yellowing leavesDisease-free plants, crop rotation

Alright, folks! That’s about all there is to know about keeping your Moneymaker tomato plants happy and healthy. Remember, a little TLC goes a long way, and these bad boys will reward you with an abundance of juicy, delicious tomatoes. Take it from a backyard gardening enthusiast like me, you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood with a crop like that. Thanks for hanging out, and don’t forget to drop by again for more gardening adventures. Happy harvesting, my friend!