Tomato 'Beefsteak'

Solanum lycopersicum 'Beefsteak'

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Two Solanum lycopersicum 'Beefsteak' red tomato fruits
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Solanum lycopersicum 'Beefsteak' tomatoes are one of the largest cultivated tomato varieties. They are very popular among home growers and a signature ingredient in many salads and dishes. Skin colour can range from pink to red and fruits are typically irregular and rounded in shape. Foliage is divided into lobed leaflets and covered in hairs. Though a perennial species, it is often grown as an annual for the most efficient vegetable production.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Tomatoes will be ready to harvest within 65 - 80 days of sowing. Allow tomatoes to ripen on the vine and pick regularly.

Propagation

Seed

Sow during spring and summer, spacing them 50-60 cm apart and 6-8mm deep. Germination takes 4-7 days. Transplant seedlings to a final spacing of 60-90 cm and add support structures (stake or trellis).

Special features

Crop rotation

Tomatoes are heavy feeders and require well-fertilized soil. Rotate annually to prevent nutrient depletion of the soil.

Pot plant

Only suitable for a large pot (20 liters) and very tall sturdy support. This indeterminate variety will continue to grow and produce fruit throughout the growing season.​ Prune for best results.

Indoor plant

Give high light conditions and warmth to thrive.

Attractive fruits

Special features

Origin

Mexico, North America.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Compost, Clay

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant. It contains vitamins A, B, C and K as well as minerals like potassium and calcium.

Edible

The 'Beefsteak' tomato fruit is an excellent choice for slicing, soups, ​and sauces.

Personality

Family

Solanaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Common pests: Stink bugs, cutworms, tomato hornworms and tobacco hornworms, aphids, cabbage loopers, whiteflies, tomato fruitworms, flea beetles, red spider mite, slugs, and Colorado potato beetles. Common diseases: Mildew and blight, Tobacco mosaic virus, curly top

Companion plants

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