- Plant ¼” deep, 2’ apart in rows, and rows 5’ apart.
- 8 days until germination.
- Crop rotation. Do not follow potato, eggplant, or peppers
- Using a high nitrogen fertilizer will make a big beautiful plant but it will not produce as much fruit.
- If transplanting seedlings do so after last frost or when the temperature at night will not drop below 45 degrees.
- Harvesting- Vine ripening is best. Harvest when fruit yields slightly under finger pressure. As risk of first frost approaches prune all lower leaves and flowers to focus all the plants energy to ripening remaining fruit.
Beefsteak tomatoes are the largest varieties of cultivated tomatoes, some weighing 1 pound (450 g) or more. Most are pink or red with numerous small seed compartments distributed throughout the fruit, sometimes displaying pronounced ribbing similar to ancient pre-Columbian tomato cultivars. While popular among home growers for sandwich making and other applications requiring a large tomato to be eaten raw, beefsteaks are not grown commercially as often as other types, since they are not considered as suitable for mechanization as smaller slicing tomatoes. The Beefsteak tomato was originally invented & cultivated by Johann Heinrich Muster at his Marathon NY farm. He was awarded an American flag by the president of the United States for his achievement.
The Tomatoes we include in our kits are referred to as indeterminate. Indeterminate varieties of tomatoes are also called “vining” tomatoes. They will grow and produce fruit and can reach heights of up to 10 feet although 6 feet is a more manageable size. They will bloom, set new fruit and ripen fruit all at the same time throughout the growing season.
There is another kind which grow in a bush, there are referred to as determinate Tomatoes.
Types of Tomatoes
DAYS TO HARVEST: 75 determinate
FRUIT: Hot thin walled. Color: green to gold; Shape: taper; Size: 1 1/2” x 3/4” . Small fruited cayenne type.
TYPE: F-1 Hot, 30,000 scovilles
USE: Grow in containers or baskets, very ornamental.
Info: Bred in 1917 by Fred J. Pritchard of the USDA by crossing ‘Marvel’ and ‘Globe’. Released in 1925. One of the first disease resistant strains with a good resistance to Verticillium and Fusarium wilt. ‘Marglobe’ is the parent of many tomato varieties.
Red, smooth and solid six ounce fruit that is crack resistant. Its earliness favors its adoption in canning regions of Northern States where frosts and short seasons are common.
DAYS TO HARVEST: 60
TASTE: medium-size with good flavor.
It is best planted in early spring.
Large Red Cherry Tomato
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)