Mortgage Lifter Tomato pk/20

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SKU TM82-20
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85 days. Solanum lycopersicum. Open Pollinated. Plant produces heavy yields of 1 to 2 lb pink beefsteak tomatoes. They are very sweet, meaty, juicy, and flavorful. It has the rich tomato flavor. Perfect for salads, slicing, and sandwiches. This variety was developed in the 1930's by Mr. Byles of Logan, WV to help pay off his home mortgage. He was able to pay off his $6000 mortgage in 6 years by selling the plants for $1 a piece. He crossed a German Johnson, a Beefsteak, and an Italian & English variety to come up with this unique variety. Excellent choice for home gardens. A family heirloom variety from Logan, West Virginia, USA. United States Department of Agriculture, PI 647467. Disease Resistant: VFN. Indeterminate.

Lot No: AA058

Germination: 85%

Test Date: 12/16

Seeds Per Pound: 128,000

Plant Height: 60 to 84” tall

Planting Season: Spring

Sunlight Requirement: Full Sun

Planting Method: Indoor Sow

Lycopersicon esculentum

Seed DepthSoil Temp. for GerminationDays to GerminationSunlight RequirementsPlanting Time
1/4 to 1/2" 80 F to 85 F 7 to 14 daysFull Sun Spring
USDA Hardiness ZoneSeed SpacingRow SpacingSpace After ThinningDays to Harvest
N/A 1"48" 48"60 - 90 days
Tomato Seed Planting Information:

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.

Soil Requirements:

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.

Water Requirements:

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.

Fertilizer Requirements:

Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when transplanting outdoors. Apply Miracle Gro every two weeks.

Harvest Tips:

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.

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by 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

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by on January 20, 2009

I bought this tomato many times , great tomato

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by 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.

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by on August 6, 2009

We'll be getting this tomato every year.

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by 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!

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by 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.

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by 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!

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by 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.

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by 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!

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