Beefmaster is a high yield, indeterminate plant. Beefmaster tomatoes are large, smooth and red. If you want to grow prize winning tomatoes try these 1 to 2 pounders! Beefmasters are not only large, they are also tasty and have a good solids-to-gel ratio. They may be eaten cooked or raw and are a good source of vitamins. The Tomato loves sunshine and is grown as a warm-weather annual, although it is actually a tender perennial. The Tomato was introduced into European gardens in the early part of the sixteenth century where it was grown as an interesting ornamental plant. Tomatoes were grown in 1781 by Thomas Jefferson in Virginia, but weren’t really known in America as an edible food until after 1834, and it was some years after that before they became popular.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Spacing: Plant 18″ apart.
Height: Grows 4′ to 5′ tall.
Outstanding Features: Resistant to Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium Wilt Race 1, Gray Leaf Spot, Alternaria and Root Knot Nematodes.
Tips: Tomatoes will grow in any good garden soil that is properly drained. Good drainage is necessary to prevent “blossom-end rot”. The ground should be tilled deeply before the tomatoes are planted. The soil should also be enriched with compost, leaf mold, peat moss or commercial humus. Manure can be used, if at all, with caution. Set plants out after danger from frost has passed and plant them a bit deeper than what they were growing in their containers. If your plants are a bit spindly, plant them on their sides and cover with dirt up to their first leaves. Roots will grow along the buried stem and produce sturdier plants. To avoid wilts and other serious problems, rotate tomatoes and other related vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, eggplants) with non-related vegetables such as legumes and cucurbits (squash, cucumbers). Check out plant tags to see what a tomato variety is resistant to.
*Indeterminate tomatoes continue to grow, set fruit, and ripen continuously until a frost arrives. Also known as vining types, they require staking or other support.