Mortgage Lifter
Mortgage Lifter

Mortgage Lifter

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Developed in the 1930s by a gardener who planted the four biggest varieties he knew and crossed one with pollen from the other three. Mortgage Lifter is a huge heirloom beefsteak that puts out heavy yields of low-acid, deep pink fruits when mature. Drought tolerant and typically crack-free.

CLASSIFICATIONS
OPEN POLLINATED

Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.

HEIRLOOM

This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.

INDETERMINATE

Indeterminates produce plants as large as you will allow them to grow. They have many widely spaced branches, numerous suckers, and produce tomatoes all season long. These are the varieties that can be manipulated in all sorts of fashion to make the plants conform to your needs.

VEGETABLE SEED AND PLANTING GUIDE
Direct Seed (100 Ft.)Distance Apart In Row After ThinningSpace Between RowsPlanting Depth
1/2 Oz.24-72"36-84"1/4-1/2"

* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.

ESTIMATED DAYS TO MATURITY

85 days

APPROXIMATE SEED COUNT

  • 11,500 per Oz.
  • 184,000 per Lb.

COMPANIONS

  • Asparagus
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Onion
  • Parsley
  • Pepper

ALLIES

  • Basil repels flies and mosquitos, improves growth and flavor
  • Bee Balm, chives and mint improve health and flavor
  • Borage deters tomato worm, improves growth and flavor
  • Dill (until mature) improves growth and flavor, but once mature, it stunts tomato growth
  • Marigold deters nematodes
  • Pot marigold deters tomato worm and general garden pests

ENEMIES

  • Corn and tomato are attacked by the same worm
  • Mature dill retards tomato growth
  • Kohlrabi stunts tomato growth
  • Potatoes and tomatoes are attacked by the same blight