What are the pros? Great flavor, drought hardy
What are the cons? blossom end rot, splitting
I've grown these superb, delicious tomatoes for the past two years in Kingman, AZ at an elevation of 3700 feet in a raised bed garden with drip irrigation. Being an AZ gardener I always look for heat and drought tolerant heirloom varieties, but I want them to be productive and taste good. Mortgage Lifters are slow starters but once they get going they grow like crazy. A single plant will fill a 4x4 foot garden and get up to six feet tall with adequate support. I've grown lots of different varieties but for pure FLAVOR Mortgage Lifter wins hands down.
Once the plants are established they are surprisingly cold tolerant as well. We plant them in late March and pull them in late October.
They are prone to blossom end rot so be sure you add potassium and calcium to your soil before planting then keep feeding them crushed egg shells and banana peels. They do split, usually after one of our rare rains.
No matter what others I try I will always grow Mortgage Lifters.
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