This classic old-time heirloom tomato was developed in the early 1930s in Logan, West Virginia by M.C. “Radiator Charlie” Byles, a radiator repairman. Without any formal experience in plant breeding, he made a successful cross of four of the largest tomatoes – German Johnson, Beefsteak, an Italian variety, and an English variety. In the 1940s, Radiator Charlie sold his new tomato seedlings for one dollar and managed to pay off his $6,000 mortgage in only six years, and so the tomato was named Mortgage Lifter. This large, meaty, mild-flavoured tomato has few seeds and is the perfect sandwich tomato. The fruit is pinkish-red and can range from 1 to 4 pounds (454 gr – 1.8 kg).
|Spacing||24 - 36” (61 - 91 cm)|
|Soil||Organic, well draining|
|pH Range||6.2 to 6.8|
|Watering||Moderate to high during growth, low during harvest|
|Fertilizing||Balanced fertilizer at time of planting|
|Nutrients Required||Nitrogen = high, Phosphorus = high, Potassium=high|
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