Common Name: Heirloom Beefsteak
Fertilize: Once a month
Spacing: 24 - 36" (61 - 91cm)
Height: 36 - 40" (91 - 102cm)
Width: 18 - 24" (46 - 61cm)
General Information: Easy-to-care-for prolific plants provide more fruit longer.
This huge heirloom beefsteak (up to 4 pounds; average 2 ½ pounds) consistently wins taste-tests.
Developed in the 1930's by a gardener who planted the four biggest varieties he knew, and crossed one with pollen from the other three.
He did this for six seasons and created a variety that produced immense, tasty fruit.
He sold the plants for $1 a piece at 1,000 a year – and paid off his mortgage in six years.
Idea & Tips: Water thoroughly twice per week, and try to water early in the day so that plants will dry off before evening.
Tomatoes prefer regular feeding once the fruit sets, but too much early in the season will grow a large plant with fewer tomatoes.
Mulching helps ensure an even supply of moisture.
Days to Harvest: 80
Fruit Size: 16 to 24 oz. (454 to 680 g)
Available as organic.
Grower Information: These huge heirloom tomatoes are consistent winners in taste tests. Rich and meaty, with few seeds, Mortgage Lifter is excellent for slicing, sandwiches and salsas. Developed in the 1930s by a gardener who was able to pay off his mortgage in six years, thanks to his tomato discovery!