How to Grow Beef Steak Tomatoes

Overview

Gigantic beefsteak tomatoes are the perfect choice for tomato lovers. One beefsteak tomato can grow to be as large as 2 lbs., and a single juicy slice will be plenty to top a sandwich or hamburger. Beefsteak tomatoes are late bloomers, so if you want to harvest tomatoes all season, plant beefsteak tomatoes along with some regular-size, early blooming tomatoes. Plant beefsteak tomatoes three to four weeks after the last frost of the season.

Step 1

Prepare a garden spot for the beefsteak tomatoes one to two weeks before planting time. Cultivate the planting site with a tiller or a garden spade, working it to a depth of at least 10 inches. Work in 2 to 3 lbs. of tomato fertilizer for every 100 square feet of planting area. Plant tomatoes in full sunlight and well-drained soil.

Step 2

Harden off the beefsteak tomato plants for several days before planting them to allow the plants to become gradually acclimated to the outdoor environment. Put the tomato plants outdoors in a sunny spot for two hours for the first two days, then add an hour of outdoor time per day. Plant the tomatoes in the garden when the plants have been outdoors for six hours per day.

Step 3

Water the beefsteak tomato plants two to three hours before planting time. Dig a hole for each beefsteak tomato plant, then set the plant in the hole 2 to 3 inches deeper than the soil level in the original container. Allow 4 to 6 feet between each plant to accommodate the large beefsteak plants.

Step 4

Provide sturdy support for the beefsteak tomatoes to keep the heavy plants off the ground. Support the tomato plants with a cylindrical wire tomato cage or stake the plants. Drive a 8-foot wooden stake about 12 inches away from the plant. Tie the plant to the steak with soft ties or strips of fabric about every 10 inches as the plant grows.

Step 5

Water the beefsteak tomato plants regularly, and keep the soil evenly damp. Water the tomato plants twice a week, 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch each time. Water at soil level. Avoid wetting the leaves.

Step 6

Spread 4 to 6 inches of organic mulch around the beefsteak tomato plants after the soil warms up in late May or June to retain soil moisture and control weeds.

Step 7

Feed the beefsteak tomato plant with granular tomato fertilizer when the the first tomatoes are about the size of a golf ball. Repeat once a month until the end of the growing season. Apply the fertilizer around the base of the plant at the level suggested on the fertilizer container.

Tips and Warnings

  • Fluctuations in moisture levels can cause the tomatoes to crack or rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Beefsteak tomato starter plants
  • Tiller or garden spade
  • Tomato fertilizer
  • Shovel
  • Tomato cage or stakes
  • Soft ties or strips of fabric
  • Organic mulch

References

  • TomatoGardeningGuru.com: Growing Tasty Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • Purdue University: Tomatoes
  • University of California, Davis: Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.