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Author Topic: Does anyone have the Estler's Strain of Mortgage Lifters?  (Read 1109 times)
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« on: January 29, 2013, 08:09:03 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013, 11:45:37 AM »

It's been a while, but Seed Savers Exchange had a guy with the Estler heritage.
Might try and see if anyone over there has kept that seed going.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2013, 02:29:24 PM »

I have ML seeds but not sure about any strain that they might be. I don't have the package anymore. What is the difference?

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013, 03:13:03 PM »

Bigger plants and more production.Ive located some here in Alabama so we will see how they do.
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013, 03:18:21 PM »

I grew MLs last year from seeds and used all the seeds I had.  Between the drought and the heat, I lost every plant and didn't get one mater or seeds.  Roy
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2013, 05:11:17 PM »

Here are some mortgage lifters from last year. They hadn't started setting tomatoes yet.
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2013, 12:20:01 AM »

Wow bigwad,  looks great.   How many of those cages do you have there and how big in diameter are they?

I had about 50 of those cages at one time.  Over about a 28 year period they rusted away to nothing and I never replaced them for experimenting with other ideas for staking tomatoes.  My cages were 18"-22" and Dad and I decided that the next set of cages would be at least 24".
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2013, 03:50:26 AM »

I have grown the "halladay's strain" of mortgage lifter for the past 3-4 years with pretty great results.  I bought my seed from Seed Savers Exchange and have been well pleased with the results.  In fact I bought another 1/4 oz of seed this past winter and have started quite a few plants to grow this year.
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2013, 05:45:37 AM »

Congradulations Bigwad, great looking 'maters.
Which variety was your best producer?
Thanks for the photo.
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2013, 06:28:48 AM »

I usually cut about 8' off the ends of the rolls and they end up probably 3' in diameter. I've cut them off over the years when we were done rolling out enough wire for the job we were doing at the time, so there is many different sizes. Even cut some in half for sweet pepper, jalapeno, and amish paste tomato plants. These were 42" rows but I'm going to go back to 4' between rows because these tomato's get so you can't even get down between the rows by the end of the season.
I always use 25 cages per row, so there is close to 100 cages in this tomato patch.
I really dont know what variety did the best this last season since we usually take 2, 5 gallon buckets out there and pick until they are full then juice them up, then go out and start all over again the next day.
I'll definitely start mortgage lifters and beef steak and amish paste for next year, the other two varieties I just haven't decided yet.
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« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2013, 07:35:53 AM »

That is some awesome looking tomatoes there.
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« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2013, 10:43:09 AM »

Guys you can buy concrete reinforcement wire at building supply . It's 5' high x 150' long and you can cut it 6' long and it will make a cage 24" wide by 5' high and that roll will make 25 cages.It will cost around $115.00 .
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