Growing Big Beef Hybrid Tomato Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Lycopersicon
- Other Names: Big Beef tomatoes, Beefsteak tomatoes
- Days to Maturity: 73 days
- Hardiness Zone: Annual, not intended for overwintering
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 24-36”
- Row Spacing: 3’
- Growth Habit: Indeterminate vines; large, meaty fruit weighing 10 to 12 oz.
- Soil Preference: Prefers rich soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8; Tolerates slightly acidic soil down to a pH of 5.5
- Temp Preference: Soil at 60-95 degrees F for germination
- Light Preference: Full sun, at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day
- Pests/diseases: Tomato hornworms, aphids, whiteflies, Colorado potato beetle, cutworms, flea beetles, blossom end rot, catface, early blight, late blight
- Color: Red fruit; green foliage
- Flavor: Slightly acidic
Big Beef Hybrid Tomato Seed Growth Habits:
Big Beef hybrid tomato seeds produce 10- to 12-oz. beefsteak-type fruit on indeterminate vines, so be sure to use a trellis system, stake, or tomato cage for this high yielding, disease resistant tomato plant.
The fruit of the Big Beef tomato plant can be deeply oblate to globe-shaped.
Big Beef tomato seeds should be started indoors roughly 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost date. Transplanting the tomato seedlings into a location with full sun and watering consistently will help the plant produce its large, meaty fruit.
The Big Beef hybrid tomato variety is resistant to several diseases, including Alternaria stem canker, Fusarium wilt, gray leaf spot, nematode, tomato mosaic virus, and Verticillium wilt. In addition, Big Beef hybrid tomatoes are resistant to cracking.
Various Uses for Big Beef Hybrid Tomatoes:
Big Beef hybrid tomatoes are excellent for making sauces and stews. Plus, the delicious flavor of Big Beef tomatoes, makes them ideal for slicing up for sandwiches and burgers.
Big Beef Hybrid Tomato Benefits:
Big Beef hybrid tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene, an antioxidant that can help your heart stay healthy. In general, tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin K, and calcium.
Big Beef hybrid tomato plants are related to potato, pepper, eggplant, and tobacco plants, as they all belong to the nightshade (Solanaceae) family. Tomatoes should not be grown in soil where another member of the Solanaceae family was grown the prior year because these plants can easily share certain diseases.
Originally from Central and South America, tomato plants prefer warm conditions and are easily killed by frost.
Did you know that storing tomatoes in the refrigerator can take away some of the flavor? It's better to store unwashed tomatoes at room temperature out of the sun.
Seeds Per Package:
- 1 oz - Approximately 8,100 Seeds