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Mortgage Lifter (Radiator Charlie's) Tomato $3.50

For beefsteak lovers! Enormous, mild pink fruits often grow to 2 lbs. Great yields and few seeds. Developed in the 1930’s by a man from West Virginia who paid off his mortgage by selling these fabulous fruits and plants - see the story below, copied from Slow Food USA. 80 days from transplant.

This tomato was developed by M.C. Byles (went by Charlie) of Logan, West Virgina in the 1930s. Charlie owned a radiator repair shop and had no plant breeding experience - this tomato was the only breeding work he ever did. Charlie took 10 tomatoes and put them in a circle with a German Johnson tomato in the center. He collected pollen from the 10 outer tomatoes in a baby's ear syringe and then squirted it on the flowers of the German Johnson. After seven years he had a stable tomato with the qualities he wanted. He was a good marketer and sold his seedlings for $1 each. After 6 years he was able to pay off the $6,000 mortgage on his house. This tomato’s story has helped keep the strain alive.

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 23 February, 2007.
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