Beefsteak tomatoes are a large tomato often used for sandwiches and stuffing. The tomato is juicy, about a pound in weight and slightly flattened in shape. There are new beefsteak tomato varieties introduced each year, so when growing your beefsteak tomato plants have a look around for the variety that caters to your taste.
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Things you need
- Plastic container
- Tomato-starting fertiliser
- Chicken wire
- Pruning shears
- Plant ties
Take a soil sample from an area of the garden that has not been used for tomatoes in recent years and place it in a plastic container. Bring it to an area nursery to determine pH level. You want a pH of between 6.5 and 7.0 for growing beefsteak tomato plants.
Purchase the soil amendments recommended by the nursery and apply them to the soil along with a tomato-formulated starting fertiliser, according to package instructions. Till the materials into the soil to a depth of 4 inches.
Set chicken wire along the proposed row to act as a trellis for the beefsteak tomato plants as they grow. Set a post on each end of the row and run the chicken wire along the length, attaching it to the post using wire tightened with pliers.
Place the transplants in the soil at the same depth that they were in the pots provided by the nursery. Space each of the beefsteak tomato plants 18 to 36 inches apart.
Water the plants so that the soil is moist, but not soaking, to the depth of the roots.
Cut away any suckers from the bottom of the plants as they grow using a set of pruning shears. Also remove any foliage that touches the ground.
Pinch off the shoots that appear on the plants three weeks after transplanting. This triggers the beefsteak tomato plants to produce fruit.
Attach the plants as they grow to the chicken wire using plant ties to keep them from falling over.
Fertilise the beefsteak tomato plants according to the fertilisation instructions that came with the plants.
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