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90 Days to maturity (from transplant). Solanum lycoperscium. Beefsteak Tomato Seeds. Non-GMO, annual, open-pollinated, heirloom, indeterminate, slicing tomato. Suitable for growing in garden plots, raised beds, and greenhouses. One of the largest and most popular commercial-slicing tomatoes available, the beloved Beeftseak tomato routinely weighs in at more than a pound per fruit without sacrificing any flavor. Beefsteak tomato seeds have served as the parent crop for countless of large competition-size favorites such as Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, and the Mortgage Lifter. Approximately 10,00 seeds/ounce.
Tomato is a warm weather crop best if started indoors about 6-8 weeks prior to final spring frost. Plant 2-3 seeds 1/4" deep per cell in fertile, humusy, and well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-6.8. Beefsteak seeds germinate in 5-14 days, transplant best starts to 1 per pot or 18-36 inch apart in the garden. Ideal in container gardening.
Before sowing, know whether the seed is determinate or indeterminate, as each will exhibit different habits. Determinate varieties mature to a predetermined size, producing its fruit all at once with only a minor need for staking. Indeterminate varieties grow indefinitely through the season, producing non-stop fruit while requiring heavy support. Beefsteak is an indeterminate tomato crop.
Heirloom Beefsteak Tomatoes in the Vegetable Garden
Tomato is the quintessential staple of summer gardening and arguably offers the most seed diversity among all seasonal fruits. Available in every possible color, shape, and size, tomato is a high-heat and full sun favorite that thrives from container and patio gardening. Along with cucumber and summer squash, the tomato plant is one of the most productive, hardy, and heavy fruiting crops of the season.
Remember, you must support this vigorous tomato bush. I still rip up old sheets into 1" strips to tie my beefsteak tomatoes up. Something my grandmother taught me long ago. A string will cut into the stem and cages rarely hold big beautiful plants like this. Use sturdy stakes and tie your tomato vines up with your strips.
Harvesting Beefsteak Tomatoes
Smaller varieties such as the cherry are ready to harvest at about 80 days from sowing while larger varieties like the beefsteak may require a few extra weeks. Although vine-ripened fruit is always preferred, tomatoes can just as easily be harvested early and ripen indoors by being stored in a paper bag or box along with a banana for its ethylene gas. Ripest tomatoes may be pulled from the vine by hand, while more firm ones should be clipped with shears.
About Beefsteak Tomato Seeds
Solanum lycoperscium. (90 Days).
Beefsteak tomato has vigorous indeterminate vines that will need to be staked to hold the HUGE 10 oz to 2 lb tomatoes. Even though the fruits are so large, Beefsteak is still an abundant producer. Beefsteak tomato is flat, solid, meaty, juicy and bright red.
Beefsteak does not disappoint hardcore tomato lovers. Beefsteak makes an excellent slicer. This tomato I'm told, has a rich sub-acid flavor.
Beefsteak Tomato is recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region. FL
Solanum lycoperscium (Previously Lycopersicon esculentum, however, this name is no longer accepted as correct)
Slicing - Larger, round tomatoes, the size of your fist or larger.
Beefsteak Tomato Color:
Beefsteak Tomato Flavor:
Sweet, savory, juicy, with medium acidity
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Days to Maturity:
90 (from transplant)
Days to Germination:
Indeterminate - Indeterminate tomatoes are vine-type plants that sprawl (requiring a cage or trellis to support them) and continue to grow throughout the season. Indeterminate tomato plants will continue to produce tomatoes for the rest of the season, so you can harvest continually.
Well-draining, loose (sandy loam), slightly acidic (6.2 to 6.8), and moisture retaining. Too much nitrogen in the soil may lead to more foliage production and less fruiting. Tomatoes like more phosphorus and potassium than other vegetables.
Warmer (70-85 F)
Yes Start Indoors 7-9 weeks before your last spring frost date.
Late - Ready to harvest from 81 days or more from transplant. Difficult, if not impossible, to get a tomato by the 4th of July with these varieties. They are good late-summer to early-fall producers for most USDA Zones.
Pests and Diseases:
Common pests known to harm tomato plants, in general, include the tomato hornworm, cutworm, aphids, flea beetles, tomato fruit worms, and whiteflies. Also, watch for common diseases such as blossom end rot, fusarium wilt, powdery mildew, verticillium wilt, late blight, bacterial canker/spot, and tobacco mosaic virus. Most of these can be prevented by maintaining a regular watering schedule and avoiding overwatering. Regularly check your plants for pest damage throughout the season. For treating pest and disease problems, we recommend using an organic neem-based product.
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