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Tomato- Mortgage Lifter
Certified Organic Tomato Plants Mortgage Lifter


 
Certified Organic
Price: $4.00 4" DotPot
Seed Source: Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
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Great old-time tomato flavor! This heirloom tomato was developed in the early 1930's by M.C. “Radiator Charlie” Byles, a radiator repairman in Logan, West Virginia. Byles cross-bred 4 varieties of tomatoes - German Johnson, Beefsteak, an Italian variety, and an English variety and  began selling his new tomato variety  seedlings in the 1940's for one dollar each. Customers drove up to 200 miles for his famous plants that bore tasty tomatoes averaging two and a half pounds. With these sales, Charlie managed to pay off his $6,000 mortgage in only six years, and so the tomato was named Mortgage Lifter.
Tomatoes love hot days and cool nights. For the best tomato harvest:

Growing conditions
  • Fertile, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH of 6.0-6.8
  • Moderate to high levels of potassium (P) and potash (K)
  • Transplant when daytime temperatures reach 70°F and night time temperatures are above 55°F
  • Average spacing: 12-18" between plants in rows 36-48" apart.
Harvest
  • For storage and shipping, harvest when the blossom end turns pink.
  • For fresh market harvest when color develops but fruits are still firm.
Storage
  • Store ripe tomatoes at 45-50°F and 90-95% relative humidity.
  • Hold mature-green tomatoes for ripening at 65-70°F.
Pest and Disease Prevention
  • Avoid overhead irrigation
  • Practice crop rotations with all Solanceae species
  • Staking and orienting rows to increase air circulation can aid in disease prevention.
Notes:
  • Deep, infrequent watering encourages deep rooting and higher quality fruit production
  • Indeterminate varieties should be staked, caged, or trellised to obtain best yields and to prevent disease
More information: Cornell University Vegetable Growing Guides

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