Our Red Mortgage Lifter Tomato is an improved version of the famous classic.
This variety has more disease resistance and higher yields of 10-14 oz. luscious, meaty, dusky pink tomatoes with few seeds and are the perfect sandwich tomato all summer long.
In the 1940s, "Radiator Charlie" sold seedlings for $1 each and paid off his $6,000 mortgage!
A great, high producing, drought tolerant tomato.
This unique variety is on Slow Food USA Ark of Taste. The Ark is an international catalog of foods that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution and environmental damage. In an effort to cultivate consumer demand—key to agricultural conservation—only the best tasting endangered foods make it onto the Ark.
Indoors: 6 - 8 weeks before last frost sow 1/4" deep and keep soil evenly moist at 60- 70 degrees F. When the second set of leaves appears, transplant seedlings to individual pots.
Harden off 2 weeks before setting out, when weather is fully warm, in a spot with at least 8 hours of sun daily. Plant seedlings up to 2" under the first leaves, at least 3' apart. Water deeply and well in dry weather.
Outdoors: Sow as above, directly in site when weather is warm.
I started this adventure in March, tucking my cherished seeds into starter mix, under grow lights, and proceeding to mist habitually until the raised bed was safe from frost. I lost a few from not adjusting them to the searing Arizona sun, a few more from new puppies digging, but now a few hiccups and months later I am enjoying a juicy tangy delicious fruit of my labor. As long as I manage to get to them before my kids do! Definitely planning on growing these again next year, and hopefully more successfully!
In my previous review, I forgot to add that Mortgage Lifter is an indeterminate tomato so it just keeps producing.
If I could only grow one tomato here in Kingman, AZ, Mortgage Lifter would be it. The flavor is superb and I'd give it ten stars if such a rating was possible. It is a slow starter compared to my cherry and grape tomatoes but makes up for that with outstanding productivity and unmatched flavor. This tomato took BLT sandwiches to new heights. Even better the skin is tender, not tough. I plant mine where they will get afternoon shade and that makes all the difference since they continue to produce through our long hot summers. Like all my plants they are grown in well-amended soil in raised beds, that now after three years, are worm rich. I add powdered egg shells done in a blender to the soil annually to provide calcium and prevent blossom end rot. Since I've not gone totally organic I also feed them a couple of times per growing season with Miracle Grow tomato food. Every tomato I grow performs well but Mortgage Lifters are my favorite. This year I'm going to save seed from them.