Growing Heirloom Beefsteak Tomato Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Solanum lycoperscium
- Beefsteak Tomato Type: Indeterminate
- Hardiness Zone: Annual 3-11
- Days to Maturity: 90
- Days to Germination: 5-14
- Seeding Depth: 1/2"
- Plant Spacing: 18-24"
- Row Spacing: 24-36"
- Plant Height: 36-72" (vining)
- Growth Habit: Tall vining upright
- Soil Preference: Moist, fertile, composted, well-drained
- Temperature Preference: 65-85 °F
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Beefsteak Tomato Color: Bright red and orange skin with dark red meat
- Beefsteak Tomato Flavor: Sweet, savory, juicy, with medium acidity
- Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to fusarium wilt and blight. Watch for aphids, flea beetles, and tomato hornworms.
How to Grow Beefsteak Tomatoes from Seed
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
Non-GMO Beefsteak Tomato Seeds Per Package:
- 500 mg - Packet - Approximately 175 Seeds
- 1 oz - Wholesale - Approximately 10,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Wholesale - Approximately 40,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Wholesale - Approximately 160,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Bulk - Approximately 800,000 Seeds
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