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Lot No: AA058
Test Date: 12/16
Tomato plants should be grown in a warm areas and receive plenty of sunlight,
so choose a sunny spot in your garden. Relocate your tomato plants in
different parts of your garden each year to avoid diseases. Optimum
temperatures for growing tomatoes are between 65 and 85 degrees F. Plant your
seeds indoors 10 to 12 weeks before setting outside. Use Miracle Gro Seed
Starting Material for best germination results. We have tested other Seed
Starting Mix and experienced poor germination rates. You may have to special
order the Miracle Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix from your nursery, as it is
hard to find it at many of the large home and garden centers. Do not add any
soil, fertilizers, and other chemicals to seed starting material! Do not use
jiffy peat pots, plugs, or potting soil as the soil becomes too dry or too
wet, which can lead to disease and fungus. We have experienced disease and low
germination when using these types of products. When seedlings are 4" tall,
transplant them in larger pots. Plants should be at least 10" tall before
transplanting outdoors. Place plants outdoors in shady area several days
before transplanting outdoors. Shelter the transplants to prevent sunburn,
wilting, and rain damage. Spring planting should occur when soil is warm, at
least 3 weeks after last frost, and when temperatures remain above 70 degrees
F. You can plant early if you use water towers. To prevent branches from
breaking from the weight of tomatoes, use 5 to 6 ft tall cages. To tie plants
to stakes, use soft strips of cloth. Check indeterminate plants regularly, and
pinch off suckers and side branches where leaves join the stems. Plants can grow
1 to 6 ft tall.
Requires fertile slightly acid soil in a well drained location in the garden. Apply mulch and grass clippings, or
straw around base of plant. Work the soil thoroughly before planting. Add
well-rotted manure and compost.
Keep soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water well during dry and hot spells. Water
in the morning only, on the side of the plants and not directly on the leaves.
Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when
transplanting outdoors. Apply Miracle Gro every two weeks.
Harvest tomatoes when they are fully mature using a garden scissor so
you don't damage the plant. Pick them as they mature to encourage new
fruit to form. Remove any decayed tomatoes from the plant.
by Anonymous on April 20, 2007
Loved this tomato, very prolific, great taste, extra
large tomatoes. Really good sandwich tomato. Did well in hot dry weather of Utah
by Anonymous on January 20, 2009
I bought this tomato many times , great tomato
by Anonymous on August 9, 2009
I grown this tomato & German Johnson to sell at our produce stand and people say we have the best tasting tomatoes around.
by Anonymous on August 6, 2009
We'll be getting this tomato every year.
by Anonymous on May 13, 2014
This is the best beefsteak you can find. I bought these seeds from Reimer over 4 years ago and have been growing them every year. I've shared the seedlings with many others and they also grow these every year exclusively. When fertilized with Tomato Tone early in the season and then Neptune Harvest fish fertilizer during blooming these plants can reach 8ft+ no problem (be sure to stake them well the plants get really heavy) and produce large quantities of fruit. Enjoy!
by Anonymous on August 11, 2012
Grew them in Wisconsin for the first time this year. Did well in our very hot weather this year. Great taste; It will be in our garden next year.
by Anonymous on March 12, 2011
I grew these tomato's last year. Absolutely the best tomato I have ever eaten. Was a bit leary at first of the pink color.....but the taste was amazing. A very meaty tomato is perfect for sandwiches and salads. Used them in my stews as well. I am going to grow them again this year and ty my hand at canning so I can have them all winter as well!
by Anonymous on January 27, 2010
A winner for taste and productivity in my hot, humid Southern garden. I will grow this tomato every year for sure.
by Anonymous on September 7, 2009
We grew these tomatoes in Southern Oregon. We also grow a great variety of other heirlooms and have found the Mortgage Lifter to be easy to grow from seed, having huge yields and the best tasting all our tomatoes. It is pretty as well!