Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Mortgage Lifter SOS
Fellow veggie gardeners, have any of you ever grown Mortgage Lifter tomatoes? I think I'm having trouble with mine. Note: Technically they are not the original ML, but a version of the original that I ordered from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange . I emailed SESE my questions, but while I wait to hear back from them, I thought I'd reach out to my online community and see if you can help. These are supposed to have similar properties as the original, so if you've grown them, I'd love to hear from you.
I have two ML plants. They are both as leafy and lush as the one pictured above, and both have several blossoms. However, one of the plants has not produced a single tomato yet. The other plant has produced only one tomato. Just ONE tomato on that big plant! Interestingly, the plant with the tomato is also the only one with basil growing next to it. The one with blossoms but no tomatoes has no basil. Coincidence?
Other things to consider: All other tomato plants in my garden have produced fruit and I've even started harvesting tomatoes. They all receive equal amounts of sun and they're watered at the same time every day.
They also have the same type of soil and amendments. We added tomato food a couple of weeks ago. We haven't noticed bug problems either. So why aren't my ML growing tomatoes??
Do the ML need more tomato food than other varieties, are they heavy feeders?
Are they just slower to produce? Do they need a particular kind of fertilizer?
I'm at a loss because I'm having no issues with my other tomato varieties. I purchased from SESE because they're located in the mid-Atlantic and produce seeds that are suited to my part of the country. I'm also growing SESE Marglobe tomatoes and they're doing beautifully.
I was on Burpee's website and reading through some of the ML comments there. Looks like others have had difficult growing them. Are we doing something wrong or is this just a persnickety variety of tomato?
I appreciate any advice!