Tomato Plant: Mortgage Lifter
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** PLANT PREORDER - Plants ordered by February 21st will be available for pickup the last two weeks of April just in time for the summer planting season. Please do not order if you need your plants earlier! **
Here's a famous heirloom tomato with a backstory. M.C. Byles, who developed this tomato in the early 1930s, was affectionately known as “Radiator Charlie.” He earned that nickname from the radiator repair business he opened at the foot of a steep hill on which trucks would often overheat. Radiator Charlie had no formal education or plant breeding experience, yet he created this legendary tomato by cross-breeding four of the largest-fruited tomatoes he could find. He sold plants for $1 each (in the 1940s) and paid off the $6,000 mortgage on his house in just six years. Fruits of Mortgage Lifter can average 2½ lbs and may reach 4 lbs when grown well. Plants are very productive and disease-resistant, and continue to bear until frost. These large, slightly flattened, pink-red tomatoes are meaty and flavorful with few seeds.
79 days to maturity | Indeterminate (requires staking or trellis) | 4 inch peat pot
SUBSTITUTIONS: Due to the uncertainties of growing transplants, crop failures are a possibility. If an item in your order is unavailable, we will substitute a similar variety. If you do NOT want substitutions, enter “No Substitutions” in the comment box during checkout and we will refund you for any unavailable item(s).