Tomato, Big Beef
What home gardener doesn’t love growing tomatoes? Probably one of the most popular plants to grow in a home garden and is a must-have annual. Kids love it. You’ll love it. Everyone loves it! Fun, simple, easy, aromatic, and will be abundant if cared for. Some tomatoes will continue to produce the entire span of their growing cycle. Some tomatoes will grow to a certain size, flowers and mass produce their fruits all at once. See growth variety below.
This is your traditional indeterminate beefsteak tomato that produces round 10-12oz red fruit. This variety has a strong flavor, ripens earlier, and is an AAS winner (All American Selections). The best part about this tomato is its high resistance to diseases including Alternaria stem canker, Fusarium wilt races 1, 2, gray leaf spot, nematodes, tobacco mosaic virus, and Verticillium wilt. This is our first season growing this tomato and we are excited to see how it produces!
Determinate (Bush): Varieties do not need pruning and may be grown with or without support; fruit ripens within a concentrated time.
Indeterminate (Climbing): Varieties should be staked, trellised, or caged, and pruned for best results; fruit ripens over an extended period.
Days to Maturity: 70 days
Plant size: Indeterminate (will continue to grow)
Plant spacing: 24-36” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Tomatoes thrive in full sun and grow best in well-drained soil, heavy with organic matter. Water deeply to encourage root growth and a sturdier plant.
Pruning: You can prune or chose not to. Pruning can help air circulation and reduce the chances of disease.
Harvesting: At the earliest, tomato fruits can be harvested when the bottom shows some pink. Fruits picked three-quarters to fully ripe will taste better than those picked earlier. Fruits should be harvested more frequently if cracking or splitting is a problem.
Culinary: The list of what you can do with tomatoes is endless…
Nutrients: Tomatoes are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin K.
Transplanting: At planting, remove all side shoots to leave the tomato plant with only one main stem. Plant tomato plant with part of the stem buried so the soil level is just below the lowest set leaves. Additional roots will develop along the buried stem portion. Water your new plant well, and regularly as it establishes itself. Tomatoes will need more water the bigger they get.
Companion planting: Plant near asparagus, basil, carrots, gooseberries, mustard, parsley, onions, rosemary, sage, stinging nettles, borage, chives, nasturtiums, peppers, garlic, leaf lettuce, beans, celery, dill, melons, radish, spinach, and thyme. Keep away from fennel, kohlrabi, potatoes, walnuts, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, and kale.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.