Mortgage Lifter Tomato
Enormous heirloom tomato with a history of paying the bills.

Mortgage Lifter Heirloom Tomato

4.50 out of 5
(4 customer reviews)

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 1 to 3 pounds
  • Matures: 85 to 90 days
  • Plant spacing: 36 inches apart
  • Plant size: 6 to 10 feet tall
  • Plant type: Indeterminate

Heirloom. Mortgage Lifter is a classic heirloom tomato with a terrific tale. In 1940s Logan, West Virginia, a radiator repairman crossed four of the biggest tomatoes he could find to produce this beauty. He sold seedlings of it, using the proceeds to pay off his $6,000 mortgage in six years. All these years later, it’s still a popular tomato among West Virginia gardeners—and does very well in other parts of the country, too. Plants bear extra-large beefsteak tomatoes with few seeds and mild flavor. Fruits are pink when mature and perfect for slicing onto sandwiches. Mortgage Lifter bears fruit all summer long. Plants definitely need staking or tall caging; gardeners report this tomato to grow as tall as 10 feet. The indeterminate vines are resistant to many diseases: verticillium wilt (V), fusarium (F), and nematodes (N).

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4 reviews for Mortgage Lifter Heirloom Tomato

  1. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Wow, what a tomato!: Incredible yummy real tomato taste, thin skin, small amount of seeds, firm abundant flesh. The vine kept producing up to frost and the green fruits ripened off the vine at 5432 ft Silt, CO. Try it and you will keep coming back!

  2. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Delicious: I was astounded by the size of the fruit and the taste. I kept waiting for a blush of color when I thought they were getting mature and the fruit kept growing. Very tasty, dense. Definitely will have more than one plant this year

  3. Taste:
    3 out of 5

    Yield:
    4 out of 5

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    GIVE THE VINES LOTS OF SPACE: I don't like ML's greedy vines wanting so much space but I plant it every year because the fruit is pretty to gift to family and friends. I can always count on the plants to give a decent yield. Hot humid weather stunts tomato blossom growth so this year I staked the plants securely and far apart so that they'll hopefully produce better in the hotter months. Suckering and training the vines is a MUST once to twice per week or they'll get unmanageable very quickly. I use an underground soaker hose in the garden bed so the roots get sufficient moisture in hot weather. It's an average tomato in taste and not as prolific as some hybrids but I grow it to give away as gifts to people who want a normal-looking and normal-tasting tomato. This will always be in my top 10 favorites.

  4. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    A great solid tomato: I had heard the story of the Mortgage Lifter before I was able to grow it. I first grew it in 2012 and was surprised by how meaty it was. We had several varieties in the garden but my wife kept asking for the pink meaty one. This year (2013) I wasn't able to find it and really missed it. Hope it will be available in Colorado next year.

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