Mortgage Lifter Grafted Tomato Plant

Grow the Crop of a Lifetime with this Grafted Tomato!
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Grafted for more vigorous, disease-resistant, productive growth.

Have you tried growing grafted tomatoes yet? We have to say: we're impressed with their performance! Not only are these plants more productive, the fruit tends to be larger and the flavor richer. They are well worth a try this season!

Here's how grafting works: the top part of a Mortgage Lifter plant is attached to the root system of another, more vigorous tomato variety. We have chosen a variety that is resistant to a wide range of tomato diseases, including Fusarium Wilt races 1 and 2, Nematodes, Fusarium Crown Root Rot, Corky Root Rot, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, and Verticillium Wilt. Unbeatable protection!

When you receive your plants, you'll see the grafting site, covered with a clear plastic splint. (As the plant grows, the splint will pop off; no action required on your part!) Plant and grow your tomato like any other, with one exception: if any branches appear BELOW the graft site, prune them off, because they won't be Mortgage Lifter.

Grafted tomatoes are so vigorous and productive that many people prune them down to 2 or 3 main branches to train up a trellis or other support, but this isn't necessary as long as you have the space for the full plant. Just make sure you give the plant plenty of support, and keep it well-aerated. (If the branches become too dense in the center of the plant, do a little judicious pruning.) All our grafted tomatoes are indeterminate, meaning they continue to grow and produce all season long. So find a sturdy support and watch this plant take off!

Mortgage Lifter is one of the most famous American heirloom tomatoes. It was developed in West VIrginia in the 1930's, and it created such a stir with its giant fruit that its breeder was able to pay off the mortgage on his house in just a few years -- hence the name. These astonishing fruits weigh between 2½ and 4 pounds apiece, with a mild yet meaty flavor that pleases every palate. Besides, they're such fun to grow! Just make sure you support them well -- they literally "outweigh" all others!

We definitely recommend that you give grafted tomatoes a whirl this season. They're fascinating to grow, and the results are simply delicious! Pack of 3.

Genus Lycopersicon
Species esculentum
Variety Mortgage Lifter
FruitColor Red
Habit Vining
FruitWeight 40
AdditionalCharacteristics Edible, Grafted, Heirloom
HarvestSeason Early Fall, Early Summer, Late Summer, Mid Summer
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Cuisine, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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From patio tomatoes and sun-tolerant Impatiens to spreading Petunias, Jackson & Perkins is proud to offer a complete selection of flowering and vegetable plants of every description. We use the term ‘annuals’ to include tender perennials (half-hardy annuals) and tropicals, so some of the plants offered in this group will even return for several seasons of beauty in warm climates! Grown carefully, shipped quickly and safely, and ready to transplant easily into your garden or containers, our annual plants are the very best you will find. Your garden deserves nothing less!


The Perfect Pot for the Perfect Plant

This season you will find annual plants offered in one of two forms: either individually in larger pots or collectively in 6-packs.

Some plants are especially large and require individual pots, such as Angel’s Trumpets and Corkscrew Vines. But wherever possible, we have opted for 6-pack form, because it is so economical, allowing you to purchase more of the plants you love. And because they are packaged in biodegradable Elle Pots, there is no packaging waste—only healthy, strong root systems!

Elle Pots are actually fabric sleeves that allow air, light, and even plant roots to penetrate, maximizing the growth potential of your young plants. Each Elle Pot is 2 inches long, 2 ½ inches wide, and 3 inches deep. When you order a 6-pack, you receive six Elle Pots in a unit 7 inches long, 5 inches wide, and 3 inches deep.

You will find our Petunia, Calibrachoa, Coleus, Impatiens, Dahlia, Lisianthus, Geranium, Lantana, Mandevilla, Sweet Potato Vine, Dichondra, Persian Shield, Begonia, and every vegetable—Tomatoes, Eggplants, Peppers, and even Strawberries—sold in 6-pack Elle Pots.


The Best Plants Grow in the Best "Soil",

To get our annual plants off to the best possible start, our flowering and vegetable seedlings are grown in a custom blend of media that encourages quicker rooting, better branching, and more vigorous growth. A scientific approach to pH balance, plus the best environmental controls in our greenhouses, produces better root development and water uptake. The soilless media we use to prepare our plants for transplant into your garden or container ensures that they are healthy, robust, and ready to establish.




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Our Garden Fresh Express Shipping ensures that every annual plant spends the minimum amount of time en route to your garden. We ship only by Express (2-day) shipping, yet you pay the more economical standard shipping rates! It’s a win/win: we know that our plants go from greenhouse to garden promptly and safely, and you know that you’re getting quality plants delivered to your door in premium conditions at a bargain price!


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Here at Jackson & Perkins, we live by our good name. We have been delighting American gardeners for decades with the highest-quality roses, annual plants, and garden gifts, and we want you to be thoroughly satisfied with every item you receive from us.

However, sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. In those cases—when a plant does not arrive in peak condition or perform as promised—Jackson & Perkins’s Product Guarantee goes into effect:

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