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Red Mortgage Lifter Tomato

Red Mortgage Lifter Tomato

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Certified Natural Grown
Red Mortgage Lifter

93 days, indeterminate — Also known as 'Mortgage Lifter VFN',[1,3] the regular leaf plants can grow six feet or taller, produce ample amounts of large (ten to fourteen ounce), red, beefsteak-type fruit that are quite tasty and reportedly disease resistant.

After receiving seed and a recorded oral about an interesting heirloom created by the late M. C. Byles of Logan,[2] West Virginia, Dr. Jeff McCormack introduced the world to the 'Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter' tomato in 1985.[3,4] He immediately set out to improve it for better yields, more uniformly shaped fruit, and disease resistance and in 1990, introduced 'Mortgage Lifter VFN' (aka 'Red Mortgage Lifter').[1,3] Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.

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Informational References:
  1. "The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table: Recipes, Portraits, and History of the World's Most Beautiful Fruit," by Amy Goldman, Bloomsbury Publishing, New York, NY, 2008, page 121.
  2. Marshall Cletus (M. C. or "Radiator Charlie") Byles was born on March 4, 1900 and passed away at the age of 89 on August 4, 1989. [Source: Social Security Death Index]
  3. "Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes," Living On Earth® - Public Radio International's Environmental News Magazine, September 23, 2005 air date
  4. "Epic Tomatoes: How To Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time," Craig LeHoullier, Storey Publishing, 2015, pages 62-63.