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How to Grow Mortgage Lifter Heirloom Tomatoes

Mortgage Lifter is a great tasting, Beefsteak tomato variety. This large and meaty heirloom tomato is one of the most popular varieties for home gardeners.

The fruit averages up to 2 1/2 pounds each!


Indeterminate plants grow up to 7 feet tall. Strong, healthy plant vines produce up to frost.

Mortgage Lifter has huge, meaty, sweet flavored tomatoes, growing to more than 2 pounds. The fruit, ripening to a deep pink, has few seeds.

Juicy Mortgage Lifter tomatoes are best eaten fresh. One slice covers a sandwich.

Days to Maturity: 65-70 from setting out plants into the garden.

Growing Tip: Indoor plant starts need at least 12 hours of full sun light. Provide grow lights as needed.

Mortgage Lifter Tomato Origin and History:

There is a little historical controversy over this tomato variety. It was developed by William Estler, from Barboursville, WV. He patented the name in 1932.

M. C. Byles, of Logan, West Virginia, also claims to have developed it. He made this tomato famous. He grew starts and sold the plants of $1.00 each. Thanks to Mortgage Lifter plant sales, he was able to pay off his mortgage in 6 years.

Learn all about growing Tomatoes:

Garden Tomato Recipes: May we suggest:

When making large amounts of juice or sauce, you need a tomato strainer and sauce maker, to easily remove seeds and skin.  See Tomato Strainers.

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