Tomato - Beefsteak

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Beefsteak is the largest variety of Tomatoes, and consequently, they are ideal for slicing and stuffing. Caging or staking the plants is highly recommended. This will provide the stems much needed support to hold the large, meaty Tomatoes off the ground. After harvesting, Tomatoes retain their flavor and ripen best when stored at room temperature, not in the refrigerator.

Ball's Beefsteak is a good disease resistant tomato plant that produces delicious fruits early-to-midseason. If the stem is left in place when harvesting tomatoes, then the fruits will store longer. These great-tasting tomatoes are high in vitamin A and C.

Beefmaster Improved beefsteak type produces flavorful, meaty red fruit that weighs up to 2lb (1kg)! Disease resistant. Indeterminate vines keep growing for non-stop production until frost.

Mortgage Lifter HEIRLOOM The unusual name of this tomato goes back to its breeder, Marshall Cletis Byles of Virginia. “MC” as he was called, was an avid gardener. Over the course of 7 years he cross-pollinated various tomato varieties until he came up with one of the biggest, most flavorful tomatoes in existence. He started selling plants for $1 each and would later say that it was tomato sales that paid the $6,000 mortgage on his house. Introduced in the 1930’s, ‘Mortgage Lifter’ is still one of the best tomatoes ever developed with fruits typically weighing at least a pound at maturity. Indeterminate vines provide fruit up to frost.

Patio Bushsteak - Surprisingly compact plant with beefsteak size and flavor.  Now beefsteak tomatoes can be grown in a container! This mid-season beefsteak is a standout for its exceptional taste, size and quantity. the surprisingly compact plant is loaded with big, flavorful and meaty tomatoes that mature early. It's well-suited for small gardens, too.  Determinate.

Gold Medal - Indeterminate. Bicolored tomato with large and very sweet marbled fruits. The pink, firm flesh has very little acidity and has won a number of taste contests.  Yellow fruits blush with red orange colours as they ripen.

Orange Wellington - Orange Wellington is big, bold and bright! You'll love its orange color and nearly seedless flesh.  Each of these smooth, orange heavyweights are plump with firm, dense, meaty, nearly seedless flesh. This indeterminate-type plant is hardy and prolific bearing from mid to late season.

Pineapple Heirloom - Large, bicoloured red and yellow fruit streaked with red both inside and out.  Very Sweet.

Pink Girl - Pink Girl Tomato features pink, juicy fruit with mild flavor and good crack resistance.  Indeterminate.

Super FantasticWell adapted throughout the country. Bears delicious, beefsteak-type tomatoes that are solid, meaty, and smooth skinned, perfect for fresh eating or cooking.

Tidy RoseBeefsteak-type, 5 to 7 ounce fruits are deep pink and slightly ribbed, with a deliciously juicy, heirloom flavor perfect for any culinary use - fresh or cooked. Compact plants grow like determinates but produce like indeterminates. Perfect in small-space gardens and containers, but unlike other patio types they continue to produce all season.

Big Beef - A great garden choice, these vigorous, productive and disease-resistant plants produce tasty, large fruits.  An All-America Selections Winner, Big Beef is often considered the finest all-around tomato for your vegetable garden. It’s extra meaty with a true homegrown flavor and just the right balance of sugars and acids. Big Beef produces extra large, beefy fruit and the large, vigorous and disease-resistant plants are quite manageable when staked or grown in large cages.  Indeterminate

Light requirements Full sun.

Planting Space 18 to 36 inches apart, depending on type. (Read the stick tag that comes with the plant for specific spacing recommendations.) Plant deeply, burying 2/3 of the stem.

Soil requirements Tomatoes need well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Amend soil with compost or other organic matter prior to planting. Soil pH should be 6.2 to 6.8.

Water requirements Keep soil consistently moist throughout the growing season. Moisture is critical to prevent cracked fruits and blossom end rot. Mulch soil to reduce water evaporation.

Frost-fighting planT omato is a warm-weather crop—even a light frost will damage plants. Protect newly planted seedlings by covering plants with a frost blanket.

Common issues Pest-wise, watch out for tomato hornworms (big green caterpillars), slugs, pill bugs, rodents. In addition, humid weather invites fungal diseases like early blight and late blight. Plants may stop setting fruit when temperatures dip below 12˚C or climb above 30˚C. Blossom end rot can be a problem, as can misshapen fruit.

Harvesting In general, perfectly ripe tomatoes show deep color but still feel firm when gently squeezed. Look up your specific variety for more details. Tomatoes do continue to ripen after being picked. Gently grab and twist until the tomato pulls free from the stem, or use a pair of clippers. Cut stems close to fruits.

Storage Store picked tomatoes at room temperature indoors, or in a shady place outside. Never refrigerate tomatoes, because temperatures below 12°C cause flavor compounds to break down. Tomatoes will store longer if you allow stems and caps to remain in place until you’re ready to eat them. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week, although keeping time depends on how ripe fruit is when you pick it.