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 3.6 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I am so disappointed with these beef steak plants, scrawny stalks, producing tons of tiny non producing branches and small tomatoes. Beefsteak plants should have large main stalks with hearty branches and produce good size fruits, these don't. I bought 2 plants and they were the big plants. Now to be fair to Bonnie, I also bought one Cherokee Purple, awesome plant. Hearty, large fruits, excellent! Next year I will be buying all Cherokees.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What happened to real beefsteaks?: If it doesn't have an unripe green top with deep radial scars that made it look ugly, it is not a real heirloom beefsteak. I've had my fill of so-called "heirloom" varieties which can be as little as 20 years old. They taste mediocre at best, and they rot before they ripen, and they are disease prone -- AND they don't taste that good. Or you can get "beefsteaks" that look perfect and taste like wet cardboard. "Vine ripened" tomatoes from any supermarket which have appeared the last few years and are at least barely edible, and taste better. I don't know what happened to ordinary beefsteaks that were ubiquitous for fifty years until about ten years ago. They suddenly disappeared, I'm guessing all the seed suppliers for that variety were bought up by some big conglomerate and taken off the market. If you never tasted those, you have no idea what a beefsteak tomato should taste like. I have no idea where you can get them.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stayed short Good beefsteak variety didn't get to tall. Tasted mild yet sweet. Chipmunks loved eating this variety. Noticed that many of the fruit were half eaten if I let them ripen on the vine.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Planted three plants for the first time and they all produces lots of fruits but one plant developed a disease and was dying and have to get rid of it before infecting other plants. I should have learned earlier about pruning tomatoes and keeping leaves off the ground, maybe would have prevented the infection. The other two are producing bigger fruits and occassionally had to trim off diseased leaves. I notice these tomatoes are more prone to fungal infection than my other maters.
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Planted beefsteak's first time In North Carolina and was not impressed. They produced a mediocre crop and as stated earlier and seemed to ripen two quickly on the vine. Of the few I did harvest they had a good taste. I planted again this year hoping for better results.
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time I've ever planted anything. My plants are full and have 6-8 tomatoes growing on each with more slowly coming in. I'll buy more of these plants again for the next year, I'm very impressed.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great producer: plant again next year
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love em! Great taste.
Date published: 2016-01-28
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