Is there something special that has to be done to get this variety to
produce tomatos? This is the second year I 've tried growing them and
so far not a tomato; last year I only got one. Do I need two Mortgage
Lifters for cross pollenation? Special feeding requirements? Temp
preferences? It's not like I can't grow tomatos, I've cherry, Stupice,
Patio, and Better Boy coming out the wazoo, but all the Mortgage lifter
does is look healthy, put out blooms, and get bigger. All my tomatos
are getting the same regimen in the way of watering, fertilizer, and
sunlight. I'm stumped. Sunset Zone 23 So. Cal. USA.
Sorry, forgot to mention I've tried that. Mine went in the ground the
middle of March. We've been eating Stupice for a month, the others are
just begining to ripen. We've had a really wierd spring/summer so far.
Sitting here watching a hummingbird work over the Buddelia "Black
Knight" outside my window and it's chasing off the butterflies as they
come in to feed. Greedy little pig. :)
Thank you for sharing this. So far, that hasn't happened here that has
been observed. I did add a Black Knight to my yard last summer. It's in
front by the fish pond so we'll see what happens as it gets larger and
produces more blossoms.
Watching the butterflies at the other bushes has been great. I have one
that is visible from the kitchen window as well as the patio. Prior to it,
they were in the front along the street and not in the line of sight from
the back yard.
It's been primarily bumblebees and honey bees competing with the
I've got view of butterfly/hummingbird attracting flowers from most
windows. In the morning while I'm doing the dishes I watch hummers
doing battle over the sage plants out front. Pugnacious little flits.
Mortgage Lifter has been one the more reliable of the open pollinated varieties
for me. Tomatoes are self fertile so a good shake of the vine is all that
required for that. It should set tomatoes about two- three weeks later than the
Better Boy. It is a long season tomato. As someone has already mentioned, OP's
in general are less tolerant of fertile soils than hybrids, translating
nutrients into vine,
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