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Mortgage Lifter Tomato (25 seeds) (TK120) $2.25
BULK SEED 1/8 oz (TK120H) $8.50

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Mortgage Lifter Tomato

         
 
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85 days. Large, smooth, 1-lb. pink fruit have a delicious, rich, sweet taste. This variety has become very popular in recent years, after being developed by M.C. Byles of Logan, West Virginia. After crossing varieties for 6 years and selecting the best, he introduced this beauty that he named Mortgage Lifter in the 1940's after he sold plants for $1 each and paid off the $6,000 mortgage on his house. See the article in the Spring 2003 issue of "The Heirloom Gardener" magazine!
 
Mortgage Lifter Tomato
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 28
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

89.3% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
vintagecat
Location:
Lawrence, KS, United States
Date:
August 16, 2016
          5.0
 
Love love love
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Great all around tomato.

What are the cons? Some weather related cracking.

Review:

We've had a hard summer for garden plants. Cool waterlogged spring, followed by scorching heat with high winds, then cool and wet again for a week and finally just h.o.t. and super humid but no rain. A lot of my tomatoes just sat in protest except the Mortgage Lifter which started producing when they should have. The few tomatoes I've gotten from my other type of tomato plants are corky on many of the shoulders with deep woody cores which I attribute to weather issues. The Mortgage Lifters aren't 100% immune to this weird weather. I've gotten some concentric cracking but they self heal and the tomato is not affected in taste or quality inside. It's more of a cosmetic issue. Considering the issues with the others it's a minor problem. The Mortgage Lifter tomatoes themselves are dense, deep rose red without being hard, meaty with rich balanced tomato flavor. Easy to skin for cooking. I've used them for slicing, salad, sauces and canning. These are my go-to tomatoes from now on.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Johnny Bowe
Location:
Atlanta, GA, United States
Date:
August 4, 2016
          1.0
 
Dismal Production
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? None to speak of

What are the cons? Poor production

Review:

Every garden is different so take this for what it's worth and apply it as you see fit. This was my first (and last) attempt at growing Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. I staggered the plants in rows of six between rows of Brandywine and Cherokee Purple. Both the Brandywine and Cherokee Purple tomatoes produced wonderfully, a very good year. The Mortgage Lifter plants couldn't seem to ever reach anything I would call robust or productive. As I said, the plants were staggered throughout the length of the tomato plot (65 plants in all) so I can assume that they simply do not take well to my hot and humid climate.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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4 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Earringgirl
Location:
Indianapolis, IN, United States
Date:
April 30, 2016
          3.0
 
Disappointed
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? The idea and the story

What are the cons? Hope deferred

Review:

I was so disappointed. My seeds didn't germinate well and they didn't grow like they should've, eilther. The minute I set them outside, they gave up the ghost. In fairness, I used a planting medium istead of my usual potting soil to start them. It was also a chilly spring here and I don't overheat my home. I will have to try again sometime in the future. I've never had tomato seeds fail before.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

10 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Maryland Homegrown
Location:
Shawsville, MD, United States
Date:
January 20, 2016
          5.0
 
The BEST
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Prolific

What are the cons? Requires STRONG staking

Review:

This tomato was the best tasting, best early producer of all the heirloom tomatoes that I have grown over the years. Beats out Brandywine and Cherokee Purple by a mile! I should have saved seeds last year, but I didn't want to sacrifice even one tomato that I could take to mom's nursing home or enjoy in a ONE SLICE cheese and tomato sandwich for dinner. I am still battling stink bugs here in Maryland. I ziploc bagged all the tiny little tomatoes and harvested a very nice crop without the "suck" blanched devastation that stink bugs bring.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

20 out of 21 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Wryter
Location:
Kingman, AZ, United States
Date:
December 1, 2015
          5.0
 
My Favorite Tomato
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Great flavor, drought hardy

What are the cons? blossom end rot, splitting

Review:

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.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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