Is beefsteak tomato indeterminate?
Many favorite heirloom tomatoes are indeterminate varieties. When shopping for your tomato plants, you will be looking for "indeterminate" on the label, or the abbreviation "IND" (or, less commonly, "INDET"). You can find both determinate and indeterminate beefsteak or Roma or cherry tomatoes, for example.
Beefsteak tomatoes, aptly named for their large size and meaty texture, have a classic tomato flavor, however, depending upon the variety, they can also be sweet to the taste. They are heavy, reaching weights as high as four pounds, and they range in color from pink, to vibrant red, to orange.
- Rows of tomatoes should be at least 5 feet apart, or wider if space allows. In the row, space the plants 18 to 36 inches apart, using the wider measurement if you use cages. We grow our tomatoes up wire fences so we can fan them out and because almost all the varieties we grow are tall, indeterminate types.
- In a normal 4×4 you could plant two ways, depending on the crop type. With vine tomatoes, you can plant 4 tomato plants along the north side where you have space for a tomato tower, or trellis, to grow them on. With bush tomatoes, you can put one in the middle of a 3×3 area, or one per 9 square feet (boxes).
- Dwarf varieties should be spaced about 12 inches apart in a row. If you plan on staking your plants, space them about 24 inches apart. Set sprawling, indeterminate tomatoes about 36 to 48 inches apart. Plant your seedlings about 1 inch deeper than they are sitting in the nursery container.
For rich, balanced flavor try Bonnie Original, Big Beef, Red Beefsteak heirloom, Better Boy, flavor favorite Cherokee Purple, and any All America Winner. Full-size tomatoes with sweet or low-acid characteristics include Lemon Boy, Mr. Stripey heirloom, Bush Goliath, and Black Prince heirloom tomato.
- Why Heirloom Tomatoes Taste Better. Most plants have the potential to be designated heirloom. This is loosely defined as those plants grown by generations of gardeners, whose saved seeds produce plants with consistent traits. But heirloom tomatoes offer an intense flavor that put them in a class of their own.
- Canned tomatoes are typically more acidic than fresh tomatoes due to the impact of the canning process. The pH of canned tomatoes can dip down into the 3.5 pH range. For this reason, avoiding canned tomatoes would be another recommendation if a person were trying to consume foods with less acidity.
- All our plant tags identify whether a variety is determinate or indeterminate (bear longer, on long vines).
- Ace 55 Heirloom Tomato. Read more.
- Amelia Tomato. Read more.
- Better Bush Tomato. Read more.
- BHN 602 Tomato. Read more.
- Biltmore Tomato. Read more.
- Bush Early Girl Tomato. Read more.
- Bush Goliath Tomato.
- Celebrity Tomato.
A black plastic mulch also warms the soil and radiates heat. Fertilize every three weeks with 1 pound per 100 square feet. The optimum ratio for tomatoes is 8-32-16 or 6-24-24. The beefsteak tomato plant will need 1 to 2 inches of water per week.
- Beefsteak tomatoes, aptly named for their large size and meaty texture, have a classic tomato flavor, however, depending upon the variety, they can also be sweet to the taste. They are heavy, reaching weights as high as four pounds, and they range in color from pink, to vibrant red, to orange.
- Early Girl is a cultivar of tomato with indeterminate growth, which means it produces flowers and fruit until it is killed by frost or another external factor (contrast with a determinate cultivar, which would grow to a limited, predefined shape and be most productive for one large harvest before dying or tapering off
- An improved hybrid, this huge red beefsteak produces large, meaty, classic beefsteak-type tomatoes on indeterminate vines until frost. Fruit is tolerant of cracking. Great for sandwiches and big, fat slices. Flavor is mild and sweet. Grow it in a tall cage or tie to a stake for support.
Updated: 16th October 2019