Tomato, 100% Organic "HEIRLOOM" Seeds: 30+, Grown in USA - Eagle Art

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Tomato, 100% Organic "HEIRLOOM" Seeds: 30+, Grown in USA - Eagle Art

The seeds are harvest from a Premium strain that has been preserved for many years.

Beefsteak tomatoes, well known for large, thickly fleshed fruits, are one of the favorite tomato varieties for the home gardeners. These are open pollinated variety producing a huge fruit size of average 2 lb (BIG!). This beefy tomatoes mature in approximately 75 to 90 days. The plant is indeterminate and can grow to an average height of 8 feet. The fruits are continuously produced throughout the growing season. Growing beefsteak tomatoes requires a heavy cage or stakes to support the heavy fruits.

Beefsteaks are always grown for their flavor and size for slicing and summer sandwiches. This variety produces large, meaty red fruit over a long season on indeterminate plants. Because it matures late compared to many other tomatoes, it will provide a fresh harvest in the latter part of the season. This is an old favorite beloved by gardeners in the Northeast and grown throughout the country. Vigorous vines grow best in tall cages. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F) and nematodes (N).

Mortgage Lifter tomatoes are an open pollinated variety producing a huge fruit size of average 2 lb. The fruit is typically pinkish-red beefsteak-shaped best known for its taste.

This Mortgage Lifter tomatoes mature in approximately 75 to 90 days. The plant is indeterminate and can grow to an average height of 8 feet. The fruits are continuously produced throughout the growing season.

This variety was developed in the 1930’s by a radiator mechanic working from his home-based repair shop in Logan, West Virginia. Like many depression era home owners, M.C. Byles (aka Radiator Charlie) was concerned about paying off his home loan. Mr. Byles developed his renowned tomato by crossbreeding four large-fruited varieties of tomatoes: German Johnson, Beefsteak, an Italian variety, and an English variety. Mr. Byles planted the latter three varieties in a circle around the German Johnson, which he hand-pollinated using a baby’s ear syringe. From the resulting tomatoes, he saved the seeds and for the next six years he continued the painstaking process of cross pollinating the best seedlings. In the 1940’s, Radiator Charlie sold his Mortgage Lifter tomato plants for $1 each. The variety gained in popularity and gardeners came from as far away as 200 miles to buy his seedlings. Charlie was able to pay off his $6,000 home loan in 6 years, hence the name Mortgage Lifter.

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