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Tomato 'Beefsteak'    

Solanum lycopersicum

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Beefsteak is a popular variety of Tomato, which belongs to the Solanum genus (Solanum lycopersicum 'Beefsteak'). 'Beefsteak' is considered a hybrid heirloom cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Golden yellow. The mature flowers are of a Single hose-in-hose form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Venetian red. Leaves appear approximately as a   Grade 1 Paint Green colour.

While the Beefsteak tomato was originally one heirloom variety, most tomatoes labelled “Beefsteak” in the greenhouse trade are actually now hybrids not related to the original.


Large 1lb fruit from an indeterminate plant.

A type of Fruit, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Beefsteak is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.82 metres (5.92 feet).

Mexico is believed to be where Beefsteak originates from.

Beefsteak Tomato is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Beefsteak have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Beefsteak

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Beefsteak likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Beefsteak is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. USDA Hardiness Zone 3 to 14 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Ensure your soil is loamy and has a ph of between 5.0 and 6.0 as Tomato is a moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil loving plant.

Growing Beefsteak from seed

Start seeds indoors six weeks before last frost date.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 2.60 feet (80.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.78 inches (2.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Beefsteak about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Beefsteak

Transplant out when around 15cm (6 inches) high.

Plant to the first set of true leaves to promote strong root growth.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Beefsteak is a tender plant.

Harvesting Beefsteak

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Misspellings of Tomato 'Beefsteak'

Pole Beefsteak, Cordon Beefsteak

Other Names for Tomato 'Beefsteak'

Crimson Cushion, Red Ponderosa

Latest Tomato 'Beefsteak' Reviews

  • Got a late start on these and they all ended up rather small. Maybe they crossed with the cherry tomatoes, but the cherries aren’t any bigger than usual. Still, one of the most delicious tomatoes I’ve ever eaten!

    4 stars

    Mizufusion about growing Tomato 'Beefsteak'
  • Lots of flowers only 1 tomato.

    3 stars

    N20863 about growing Red Beefsteak

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