Mr. Stripey Heirloom Tomato
Part of the fun of Mr. Stripey is the surprise at harvest time. Fruit varies in color, and the stripes become more prominent as the fruit ages. See the variation on these fruit from our trial garden.

Mr. Stripey Heirloom Tomato

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 12 to 24 oz
  • Matures: 80 days
  • Plant spacing: 36 inches apart
  • Plant size: 8 to 10 feet tall
  • Plant type: Indeterminate

Heirloom. These huge, beefsteak-type red-and yellow fruits with a high sugar content are delicious and pretty to slice because of the bi-coloring. Although the variety is called Mr. Stripey, don’t expect perfect stripes. This is an heirloom and no two tomatoes are ever the same. The background color of the tomato is yellow to light orange, and the red often appears in little spots that align themselves in stripes radiating from the stem end of the fruit. Indeterminate vines produce through the season; they are vigorous, so use tall cages. Popular in the mid-South and beyond.

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Mr. Stripey Heirloom Tomato is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing taste: Bought this at Home Depot (I live in Southern California) among bunch of other heirlooms this summer. It's absolutely the winner! The taste - oh, liquid honey!!! The sweetest tomato I have ever tasted. Zero acidity. I swear. That was important to me, since I can't eat regular tomatoes, as the acid totally eats my tongue away and makes it raw. The size of the tomatoes was enormous: I had to use extra wood props under the branches. Overall - amazing, good experience. Will plant more of them next year.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far my Mr. Stripey is doing great. It's grown over 8 feet and has really traveled. We've had 2 ripe fruit so far, but there are more than 20 on the plant that are healthy looking and growing quickly. The taste is good, but the shelf life is short, so I would say eat it as soon as it comes off the vine or preserve in your preferred method right away. The flesh is softer than the Cherokee Purple and even softer than Romas but still very tasty in my opinion. We have a very small space so are growing the Mr Stripey and another beefsteak heirloom in a half wine barrel. They are both very healthy and producing a lot of fruit. I haven't decided if I will grow again next year just because they are so late to harvest. ? I may try another large heirloom variety.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautiful plant: I am still awaiting my first ripe tom off this plant. I am in zone 7, sterling va, and have planted three of these in a community garden nearby. We had a cool, wet, spring and my other tomatoes (Beefsteak) got a serious case of early blight...these guys held off for almost another month before they got infected. However, they are blooming and yielding many tomatoes and as I fight the fungus they are holding up...I have already pulled the beefsteaks...looking forward to the first ripe one due to be picked any day now...
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't skip this one Since I grew this in a container in my city postage stamp yard, the tomatoes weren't huge, but I did get a decent yield of medium-sized fruit. Not as prone to cracking as some others I've grown. The taste is just fantastic. One of the best tasting tomatoes I've ever had. I look forward to when I have an actual yard with real soil to grow more of these!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these tomatoes. Have grown them the past 5 years with mixed results. Finally broke the code. Flowers would drop off and fruit would crack. By adding bonemeal to my soil mixture stopped the flowers dropping. Maintain soil moisture stopped the cracking. Averaged 60 tomatoes per plant here in Northern California. Sweet and low acidity. My families favorite.
Date published: 2016-05-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I wasn't impressed. I bought it because they were disease resistant , However I found this site because I didn't know when to harvest. Like others have said they where green and spliting. Some where orange and yellow. I ate that one because I knew it was ripe. But didn't really think they had a good flavor. I will not grow these again.
Date published: 2015-09-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I bought two plants labeled as Mr. Stripey. One turned out to be mislabeled; I'm not sure what it is, but it's producing clusters of pure red, moderate-sized, average-tasting fruit. The other, which I'm presuming is the real deal, is a disappointment. The few fruit are rotting on the vine before maturity, and the one I did eat so far, after cutting off the quarter of it that was already rotten, was bland. It was mostly gold at the time, with little red coloration (I figured if I left it any longer, the whole fruit would rot like its predecessors). The Cherokee Purple tomatoes growing next to it are doing superbly, and I'm an experienced tomato grower, so the fault lies with the plant rather than its soil or the care I've provided. Not a tomato I would try again. I'll stick to Golden Jubilee for a yellow-fleshed tomato that performs and tastes better. The red/gold stripes would have been attractive at the farm market, though...
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed: I planted this with high hopes and was very disappointed. While it set fruit & produced lots, the fruit bruised so easily that it bruised just from me picking them. Splitting is expected from heirlooms but this was horrible. Most rotted on the vine before ripe enough to pick. And they were relatively tasteless.
Date published: 2016-03-12
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