Cherokee_Motley's Tomato "Mortgage Lifter" x 4 Planting Out
The Mortgage Lifter tomato was developed in the early 1930’s in Logan, West Virginia by a radiator repairman, M.C. “Radiator Charlie” Byles. Without any experience in breeding, he made a successful cross of four of the largest tomatoes he could find – German Johnson, Beefsteak, an Italian variety, and an English variety. Radiator Charlie sold the first seedlings of his new tomato in the 1940’s for one dollar each to customers who drove up to 200 miles for his famous plants that bore tasty tomatoes averaging two and a half pounds. With these sales, Charlie managed to pay off his $6,000 mortgage in only six years, and so the tomato was named Mortgage Lifter.
This large, meaty, mild-flavored tomato has few seeds and is the perfect tomato-sandwich tomato. Indeterminate plants bear pinkish-red, two and a half to four pound tomatoes all summer long. The Mortgage Lifter should be started indoors six to eight weeks before the last spring frost. Sow one-quarter inch deep in flats or pots, keeping the soil mix moist, not soggy. When several leaves have developed, harden off seedlings and transplant eighteen to thirty-six inches apart in the garden. Full sun.
Cherokee_Motley's Tomato "Mortgage Lifter" Care Instructions
Try for a seed spacing of at approx. 2.60 feet (80.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) if planning to sow direct.
Tomato 'Mortgage lifter' normally grows to a mature height of 1.20 metres (that's 3.90 feet imperial) so ensure you have enough space in your garden for this plant.
Remember to water moderately.
Your garden's USDA Hardiness Zone (7b) is within the ideal range for Tomato 'Mortgage lifter'. The recommended range is between Zone 3 and 14.
Tomato 'Mortgage lifter' requires a soil ph of 5.0 - 6.0 meaning it does best in acidic soil.
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