Tomato (Beefsteak) Mortgage Lifter HEIRLOOM


Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

These tomato seeds grow a large, very meaty flavour-some fruit. The Tomato (Beefsteak) Mortgage Lifter Heirloom variety was named by a 1930's farmer whose bumper crop of this variety enabled him to save his farm from repossession. Who would have thought tomato seeds or any vegetable seeds could bring about such a great outcome. Fabulous all-round tomato, developed from Italian, German and English 'beefsteak' varieties. Staking is required for this variety.

Heirloom Garden: From the golden days of gardening, heirloom seeds have been saved and treasured through the generations.

We hope you enjoy these tomato seeds, just another great example of vegetables seeds from Mr Fothergill's!


How To Grow

Sow seeds 5mm (1/4”) deep in pots or trays of seed raising mix. Tomato seeds need the warmer temperatures, so try to maintain a temperature of at least 18C (68F). Transplant to individual pots when the plants reach 2in (5cm) high, planting into greenhouse growbags, large pots or beds. Water daily and feed with liquid fertiliser when the first truss of flowers appears. Pinch out the side shoots as they appear. Provide support for the plants as they develop. It is best to stake early while the plant is young to ensure a nice straight stem. Seeds can be sown directly once soil warms in spring. Solid trellising should be provided prior to the plants becoming established.

When To Plant

South Island: Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

North Island: Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec


12-14 weeks