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How to Grow Beefsteak Tomatoes from Seed

Date Posted: February 4, 2017

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener How to Grow Beefsteak Tomatoes from Seed
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The Beefsteak tomato is a vigorous variety that is absolutely delicious. The Beefsteak tomato plant requires little space and effort, yet produces a tremendously abundant crop. The Beefsteak variety is a perfect slicer tomato for sandwiches, but also for salads, juice, canning and various relishes. Canning tomatoes is a very easy process, and once you learn it, you can enjoy your homegrown Beefsteak tomatoes all year round.

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Seed Growing Instructions for Beefsteak Tomatoes

Planting Location Planting Depth Seed Spacing Spacing Between Rows Days to Germination Spacing After Thinning Days to Maturity
Indoors ¼” ½” 2” to 3” 8 to 14 3” 65 to 80
Outdoors 1/2" 6” 3’ to 4’ 14 to 18 2’ to 4’ 95 to 120

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When and Where to Plant Your Beefsteak Tomato Seeds

For an early crop of Beefsteak tomatoes, start your seeds indoors using a good indoor lighting set up, about seven weeks before you can plant them outdoors. Regardless of whether you start your Beefsteak tomato seeds indoors or direct sow them outdoors, you will want to select a sunny location and keep the soil moist. Feed your Beefsteak tomato plants monthly using a good organic tomato fertilizer, and when watering, make sure it is a deep watering so the Beefsteak tomato roots "reach" for that water.

How to Care for Your Beefsteak Tomato Plants

There are a number of methods you can use for keeping your Beefsteak tomatoes upright and off the ground. I like to use tomato cages to keep my Beefsteak tomatoes propped up. Beefsteak tomato plants cannot hold themselves up, so you will need to use something to keep them upright. Stakes with ties is another popular option as is a Florida weave.

How to Harvest Your Beefsteak Tomatoes

When the Beefsteak tomato turns an even red color it is time to pick them. Gently pull the tomato off of the plant. For best results, harvest your Beefsteak tomatoes first thing in the morning. I've found that the taste is so much sweeter.

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Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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