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Lot No: QB2
Test Date: 12/16
Tomato plants should be grown in a warm areas and receive plenty of sunlight,
so choose a sunny spot in your garden. Relocate your tomato plants in
different parts of your garden each year to avoid diseases. Optimum
temperatures for growing tomatoes are between 65 and 85 degrees F. Plant your
seeds indoors 10 to 12 weeks before setting outside. Use Miracle Gro Seed
Starting Material for best germination results. We have tested other Seed
Starting Mix and experienced poor germination rates. You may have to special
order the Miracle Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix from your nursery, as it is
hard to find it at many of the large home and garden centers. Do not add any
soil, fertilizers, and other chemicals to seed starting material! Do not use
jiffy peat pots, plugs, or potting soil as the soil becomes too dry or too
wet, which can lead to disease and fungus. We have experienced disease and low
germination when using these types of products. When seedlings are 4" tall,
transplant them in larger pots. Plants should be at least 10" tall before
transplanting outdoors. Place plants outdoors in shady area several days
before transplanting outdoors. Shelter the transplants to prevent sunburn,
wilting, and rain damage. Spring planting should occur when soil is warm, at
least 3 weeks after last frost, and when temperatures remain above 70 degrees
F. You can plant early if you use water towers. To prevent branches from
breaking from the weight of tomatoes, use 5 to 6 ft tall cages. To tie plants
to stakes, use soft strips of cloth. Check indeterminate plants regularly, and
pinch off suckers and side branches where leaves join the stems. Plants can grow
1 to 6 ft tall.
Requires fertile slightly acid soil in a well drained location in the garden. Apply mulch and grass clippings, or
straw around base of plant. Work the soil thoroughly before planting. Add
well-rotted manure and compost.
Keep soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water well during dry and hot spells. Water
in the morning only, on the side of the plants and not directly on the leaves.
Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when
transplanting outdoors. Apply Miracle Gro every two weeks.
Harvest tomatoes when they are fully mature using a garden scissor so
you don't damage the plant. Pick them as they mature to encourage new
fruit to form. Remove any decayed tomatoes from the plant.
by Anonymous on July 26, 2009
Tried my first beefmaster 2 years ago..bought one plant and put it in a flower bed. A little mircale grow and very little care. This plant grew till it looked like three plants. I kept a tally of how many tomatoes came from it. I ended up with 126 beautiful red tomatoes..nice and juicy and just enough tartness. perfect for sandwiches and salads. Needless to say I had plenty to share. This year I bought a couple. they're doing very well..not like that one, but I got my first tomato July 19th. Great tomato. Will get them again next year hopefully.
by Anonymous on April 20, 2009
The taste is good and size varied from 6 oz to the claimed 2 lbs. They were slow to ripen last year but the season was not amazing. I am trying again this year
by Anonymous on October 31, 2010
I bought one beef master plant at a green house . . . about a 1 inch stalk, 18 inches tall and with 1 set of blooms already formed. Planted late April and had the first tomato before July 4. In another 2 weeks we had many more and could begin to share with family and finally with friends as well. By mid-July my husband had to BUILD a cage with wood 8 ft tall and c-clamped to our fence. It outgrew that and we began tying it to fences in other areas of the yard. (One could get strangled going through the string maze!) The plant took about a 2 week respite and then began producing prolifically again. The vine finally grew back to the ground. Last Tuesday (October 26 because frost was threatening) we finally took it down. We filled 3 packed 32 gallon garbage cans with the vine and harvested the last 50 lbs . . . both red and green. I think we must have had a crop of at least 150 lbs and how many actual tomatoes, who knows. I've made green tomato relish and will now try my hand at frying some along with ripening the green ones. I'm sure that I bored my friends bragging over this plant. The best part is that we live on a very small lot with only one choice to put a plant that needs a lot of sun. The real topper is that it never received any fertilizer all summer long.
by Anonymous on April 17, 2010
We grew Beefmaster tomatoes a couple years ago. They are large and tasty. We found them slightly larger than Beafsteak. They make great sauce. Some were a pound! We suggest you to grow it if you want only one tomato breed!
by Anonymous on October 26, 2009
A neighbor gave me small plant which I planted in front flower bed. I didn't have a cage so was constantly tying it to the gas meter and downspout. Got the best tomatoes ever and so many from just one plant. I don't think I got a 2 pounder but they were plenty big and delicious. I pulled 30 green ones off right before the first frost. Hoping they will turn. I'm getting more for the next season. Yum!
by Anonymous on June 6, 2010
If you're usually averse to F1 hybrids, but would like to maybe have just ONE reliable hybrid beefsteak as a backup in case your OP varieties meet disaster, then this is the hybrid beefsteak to get.
by Anonymous on March 15, 2010
I have been growing them from seed for years. Best overall large tomato you can get. The whole tomato turns red and does not have green streaks in it.
by Anonymous on January 11, 2011
I have been growing Beefmaster for many years..it is the BEST.