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Crop Profile

Courtesy JohnnySeeds.com

Big Beef

The fruits of Big Beef tomatoes are very firm and crack-resistant. This hybrid shows increased disease resistance and is a former “All-America Selections” winner. With an old-fashioned acidic flavor, this is a great tomato for saucing and fresh eating.

Size: Indeterminate vines grow very large unless pruned; they produce 6-inch, round, red fruits weighing 10 or more ounces.

Sunlight requirements: Full sun (A minimum of six to eight hours per day is ideal.)

Water requirements: A minimum of 1 inch per week—water the root zone as needed and keep foliage dry to deter foliar diseases. Proper mulching aids in prevention of blossom end rot, drought stress and other issues associated with fluctuations in soil-moisture levels.

Soil requirements: Well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Soils high in nitrogen will result in excessive foliage growth at the expense of good fruit production.

When to plant: Transplant in spring, after the danger of frost has passed and nights remain above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Start seeds indoors under lights four to six weeks before transplanting.

Where to plant: Garden; containers (8-gallon minimum)

When to harvest: 80 to 85 days from seed.

Product storage: Store at room temperature for best flavor.

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