- Sun: Full sun
- Harvest Size: 18 to 32 ounces
- Days to Harvest: 80
- Plant Size: 8 to 10 feet
- Plant Type: Indeterminate
Beefmaster is simply big, meaty, and delicious. The indeterminate vines keep producing all season for a summer of grand slices on tomato sandwiches.
Plant from spring (after the last frost) through early summer. If you buy early, you can keep plants on a sunny windowsill until the weather warms. To plant early, protect plants with row cover.
Disease resistance: VFN. Plant spacing: 36 inches apart in conventional rows. Plants per person: 2 to 3.
Secrets to Success »
Plant deeply, so that two-thirds of the plant is buried stem and all; it will sprout roots. This makes the plant more resistant to drought and other problems. Fertilize when planting and during the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.
Water regularly. Tomatoes need steady watering to develop to full size and to prevent cracking and blossom end rot. To keep the soil moist, mix compost into planting holes, and mulch around the plants after the soil warms. Watering with a soaker hose is best to keep leaves dry. Wet leaves encourage disease.
Support this vigorous vine with 8-foot stakes, tall trellis, or sturdy wire cage. Keeping vines off of the ground makes it easier to harvest, keeps fruit clean, and helps prevent disease. You may need to tie individual stems to the cage or a stake as they weigh down with the extra-large fruit.
Harvest and Use »
Pick ripe tomatoes and slice for a delicious tomato sandwich. Use in Spanish gazpacho, which brings together the best flavors of summer, or other tomato soup recipes. Red-colored tomatoes are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, including cancer-fighting lycopene.
Try These Garden Companions »
- Bush Early Girl (determinate) or Early Girl (indeterminate) for early harvest.
- Better Bush, Bush Goliath, Bonnie Original, or Rutgers (determinate) for good-sized fruit on shorter vines.
- Chocolate Cherry, Husky Cherry Red, Grape, Juliet, Sun Sugar, Super Sweet 100, Yellow Pear, or any cherry tomato, which bears all season.
- Homestead, Celebrity, Mountain Pride, Rutgers, Solar Fire, and Roma (determinate types) for a big harvest in a short time.
- German Johnson, Cherokee Purple, or Pink Brandywine for big heirloom tomatoes.
- Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Mr. Stripey, or any heirloom tomato for diverse colors and flavors.
- Roma tomato for cooking and thick sauces.
- Sweet basil for tomato-and-basil salad or sandwich.
- Parsley, basil, oregano and rosemary for Continental cuisine.