How to Plant Beefsteak Tomatoes

Overview

The name Beefsteak includes several varieties of large, fleshy and juicy tomatoes that are easy to grow in the home garden. In most cases, tomatoes should be started from seed indoors several weeks before they are transplanted to the garden. If you purchase Beefsteak tomato plants from your local garden center, as long as the ground is warm enough, the plants are ready to go.

Step 1

Dig a hole 1 to 2 inches larger and deeper than the pot holding the tomato plant.

Step 2

Add 1 cup of starter fertilizer to the hole around the roots.

Step 3

Remove the plant from the pot and place it in the hole. Fill in and cover the hole with the removed dirt.

Step 4

Water the plant well to remove air that is captured in the soil.

Step 5

Wrap a wax paper or plastic collar around the lower 3 inches of the plant to prevent cutworm damage while the plant grows.

Step 6

Place a tomato cage around the Beefsteak tomato plant to provide support and keep the plant from dropping to the ground as it grows larger and begins to produce fruit.

Step 7

Plant any subsequent Beefsteak plants 24 to 36 inches from the first plant. If you are planting more than one row of Beefsteaks, allow about 4 to 5 feet between the rows.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden trowel or shovel
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Tomato cage

References

  • University of Missouri: Growing Home Garden Tomatoes
  • Purdue University: Tomatoes (PDF)
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