Developed in the 1930s by a gardener who planted the four biggest varieties he knew and crossed one with pollen from the other three. Mortgage Lifter is a huge heirloom beefsteak that puts out heavy yields of low-acid, deep pink fruits when mature. Drought tolerant and typically crack-free.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
Indeterminates produce plants as large as you will allow them to grow. They have many widely spaced branches, numerous suckers, and produce tomatoes all season long. These are the varieties that can be manipulated in all sorts of fashion to make the plants conform to your needs.
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.