Days To Maturity : More than 80
Germination Days : 6-14
Planting Depth : 1/4
Seed Code : C
Seeds Per Packet : 30
Spacing : 24
When To Plant : Early summer
When To Plant : Late spring
79 PKTs Available
Mortgage Lifter Tomato VTO-5842



Great flavor, with a great story--

"Radiator Charlie" Byles (He owned a repair business at the foot of a steep hill where cars would overheat) bred this classic tomato in the 1930s.

Gardeners would drive up to 200 miles to buy seedlings, which he sold for $1 each- big money then.

It paid off his mortgage in 6 years. Big, red, flavorful and dependable, bears til frost. Late-season, with big juicy fruit on drought-resistant vines.

BOTANICAL NAME: Solanum lycopersicum


Start in flats or pots 2 months or so before setting out. Transplant into well-composted soil after danger of frost is past. Set plants several inches deeper than in the pot-they will root along the stem. Greedy feeder-needs ample amounts of compost or decomposed manure. Needs lots of potassium, phosphorous, but not as much nitrogen. Needs calcium to prevent blossom-end rot; use gypsum or bone meal if necessary. Keep soil most in dry weather with periodic, deep watering and mulch.

GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: H/Matures 8-13/Harvest 17+/Yield 100-418/Spacing 24"


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Mortgage lifters are fantastic
on 08/15/12 by Scott B in OR

 These tomatoes have thrived in my greenhouse here in Oregon, the seeds germinate at almost 100%, and three plants fill a box that is 12 feet long by four feet deep completely. They produce from early august to late september, I save my seeds every year and they breed true. They are almost all meat and very little jelly and seed. They are a family favorite and all my friends ask me for seed.