Tomato, Pole, “Beefsteak” Seeds
What tomato lover wouldn’t love thick, meaty slices of homegrown tomatoes on their sandwiches? ‘Beefsteak’ is a century-old favorite not only for sandwiches, but also any dish calling for rich, tomato flavor. Vines are so vigorous (up to 6′ or more) you will need a sturdy wire cage to support them and the 1–2-pound fruits! Produces summer to fall. 10 oz.–2 lb. round, somewhat flattened, lightly ribbed, bright red fruits. ‘Beefsteak’ was first offered by H.W. Buckbee Seed Co. in 1900.
Type: Indeterminate, Slicer
This packet yields approximately 24 plants when started inside.
Days to Maturity: 96 days from transplanting
When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. Transplant when air temperature is 45°F or warmer, usually 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: ¼"
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"–36"
Row Spacing: 36"
Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"–36"
Harvesting: 'Beefsteak' tomatoes are at the peak of sun-ripened deliciousness when red, and have a slight give when gently squeezed.