Red Beefsteak Heirloom Tomato
This old favorite still has many fans. Heavy foliage helps protect tomatoes from sunburn.

Red Beefsteak Tomato

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 14 to 24 oz
  • Matures: 90 days
  • Plant spacing: 36 inches apart
  • Plant size: 6 to 8 feet
  • Plant type: Indeterminate

Beefsteaks are always grown for their flavor and size for slicing and summer sandwiches. This variety produces large, meaty red fruit over a long season on indeterminate plants. Because it matures late compared to many other tomatoes, it will provide a fresh harvest in the latter part of the season. This is an old favorite beloved by gardeners in the Northeast and grown throughout the country. Vigorous vines grow best in tall cages. Resistant to fusarium wilt (F) and nematodes (N).

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Red Beefsteak Heirloom Tomato is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a dissapointment I planted these with the thoughts of BLTs all summer. Unfortunately, I am suffering the same fate as others: very small cherry size tomato that are about useless.
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beefsteak Cherry Tomatoes I bought three of these plants. The plants look great and are loaded with tomatoes. However, they are the size of large cherry tomatoes, each weighing beteen 1 - 1.5 ounces. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Grew fast, set plenty of fruit, but dwarf tomatoes Thoroughly disgusted with the heirloom beefsteak plant I bought. Must be a quality control problem as they are selling mutated versions that produce dwarf beefsteak tomatoes. They look like beefsteak, except grow to barely larger than golf ball size, stop, and eventually ripen. Not cherry tomatoes, not beefsteak, essentially worthless. Put a lot of work into this plant gave it correct amount of fertilizer, used neem oil when it suddenly got leaf browning, pruned it well, but not excessively. Watered as required. Gave it fish and kelp oil. It grew just fine, set probably 40 tomatoes. And they range from cherry tomato to a bit larger than a golf ball. Ridiculous. Have worked for months, even going out at night to search for hornworms, etc in hopes of having great BLT sandwiches. And this thing gives me tomatoes too small to even slice.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Large, delicious tomatoes! I read some of the older reviews on here for the "Red Beefsteak" before I purchased mine at Home Depot, so I was concerned. I also see that some newer reviews are indicating problems as well. Well, either I'm really good at growing tomatoes, or I'm just lucky. I have four plants, and every one of them is producing a good number of tomatoes. They are all reaching a substantially good, beefsteak size. No tiny tomatoes, and no problems with not having any tomatoes at all. Maybe some of these folks are just doing it wrong? Tomatoes are fairly easy to grow, but you still can't just "set it and forget it." Good job, Bonnie!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NOT Beefsteak I purchased a 6 pack tray of these at Lowe's. I certainly expected a large slicing tomato. My experience is like the others...I am getting small cherry tomatoes. Since my garden space is limited and I only planted these, you can bet that I am very disappointed. NO BLT this year unless friends share their bounty. NO Tomato sandwiches, which are a Southern staple food in the summer. You can't have a BLT with 10 or 15 little tomatoes sliced in half. rats.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not a beefsteak tomato! This tomato plant has grown beautifully, very tall and many many blossoms. Now that the tomatoes are formed, it is apparent that these will be very small and rather than beefsteak, they are cherry tomatoes. Many clumps of small tomatoes. They have not yet ripened, so I can not attest to the taste, but they certainly will NOT be slicing tomatoes! Were they mislabeled?? I see many other reviewers saying the same thing.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Beefsteak I purchased this plant at a retail store. It is producing small, cherry tomatoes. I am disappointed as I was looking forward to LARGE slicing tomatoes. I see other reviews with the same, obvious mislabeling of the plant.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big tomato, good yield, great taste! Bought 2 of these at the Depot for home stuff. Grew well, lots of flowers, good amount of baseball to softball sized fruit. I will be saving seeds as well as probably purchase again for next year! I'm in Southeastern NC so early vigorous growth with mold resistance is required, this plant has it all.
Date published: 2018-06-11
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