Mortgage Lifter Tomato is an heirloom, open-pollinated variety that produces some of the largest heirloom tomatoes you’ll find. This variety dates back to the 1930s in West Virginia. It was developed by a farmer who then sold the tomatoes for $1 each and quickly paid off his mortgage. Mortgage Lifter Tomato produces giant fruit that can weigh between 2 1/2 and 4 pounds. Fruits have a reddish-pink color and have deep lobes characteristic of most heirlooms. These tomatoes have a nice meaty texture and tangy flavor that’s filling and delicious. Use solid structures like our heavy-duty tomato cages to support these large fruits.
Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using heavy-duty tomato cages to support indeterminate varieties like these. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Mortgage Lifter Tomato Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 70
Disease Tolerance: None