Tomato 'Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:


Commercial heirloom


Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anderson, California

Highlands-baywood Park, California

Oceanside, California

Stratford, Connecticut

Smyrna, Delaware

Barbourville, Kentucky

Crofton, Maryland

Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Vinton, Ohio

Fort Worth, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Falling Waters, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 28, 2010, 2gardenkate from Crofton, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This variety has been a reliable producer for me here in the mid-Atlantic. I like the flavor and the tomatoes have been some of my biggest. I had success with RC Mortgage Lifter in 2009 when we had a cool, rainy start to the growing season and again in 2010 when we had record heat waves.


On Feb 19, 2010, dlbailey from Central Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant does produce fruit in the Central Valley if planted before 100 degree weather hits. The two years that I have grown ML it has produced 5-10 huge, very delicious fruit. One of the best tasting tomatoes. It is worth the space eventhough it is not a big producer.


On Feb 18, 2010, gardenbugde from Smyrna, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I grew this for the first time in 2009 and had great success! I had a problem with BER for a while, then after I gave them a dose of calcium, they were fine! I stuck a plant in the compost heap and from that plant I got my biggest tomato--- over 1 1/2 pounds! These are yummy! Remember that they don't get brilliant red, but have a pink tinge to them when ripe. If you wait too long, they will get mushy. They are on my must grow list for 2010!!!


On Dec 14, 2007, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Better than average flavor, but not a favorite of mine.


On Aug 9, 2007, jjpm74 from Stratford, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Plants produce huge fruits. Good disease resistence. My largest was almost 4 pounds. Good for slicing, but lacking in the flavor department.


On Feb 7, 2003, buddym from Creal Springs, IL wrote:

Good yield, no disease. Production slowed some when temps hit the mid-90's (Zone 6-Southern Illinois), but picked up again. Taste was outstanding, very meaty with few seeds and little gel. Canned nicely, great slicer.


On Feb 6, 2003, aceayers from Casey, IA wrote:

Good disease resistance. Had a lot of blossom end rot 2002 but these toes were not effected. Great producer but not anything special on taste.