Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Big Beef') in the Tomatoes Database

Botanical names:
Solanum lycopersicum Accepted
Lycopersicon lycopersicum Synonym

Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Hybrid
Skin Color: Red
Flesh Color: Red
Fruit Shape: Beefsteak
Flattened Globe
Fruit Size: Medium
Large
Fruit Weight: 8-16 oz.
Leaf Type: Regular-Leaf
Best Uses: Slicing
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Early
Mid-season
Days to Maturity: 73
Disease Resistance: Fusarium Wilt 1
Fusarium Wilt 2
Verticillium Wilt
Alternaria Stem Canker
Nematode
Stemphyllium
Tobacco Mosaic Virus
History: Bred and introduced by Colen Wyatt of Seminis Seed.
Comments by NJ Ag Exp St.: smooth fruit

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.
Awards and Recognitions: AAS (All-America Selection®): 1994 - http://all-americaselections.org/winners/details.cfm?WinID=310

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The Top 25 Tomatoes and Peppers, Selected by NGA MembersThe Top 25 Tomatoes and Peppers, Selected by NGA Members
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Location: Community Garden in Moorestown NJDate: Summer 2010Big Beef on plant
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Location: My GardensDate: Monday, Aug. 9, 2010Cluster Of Fruits On Vine
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Location: Hendersonville,  NCDate: 2015-07-23
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Location: Sharon garden Date: 2017-03-12
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Location: Hendersonville,  NCDate: 2017-07-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-04-25
By jmorth
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Posted by BetNC (Henderson County, NC - Zone 7a) on Jan 16, 2016 5:42 PM

I grew this plant in a 5-gal shop bucket, with a common tomato cage. It produced 4 large tomatoes (firm, fleshy, and tasting better than store-bought) all in a cluster on about the first 12-18” of its stalk, sequentially during a 3-week period from mid-June through the first week of July. Then it concentrated on growing. It grew to 5.5' tall with two viney “arms” loaded with enlarging green fruit, lying over the tops of 2 other plants. During the hottest part of August, it “rested” and had just resumed growing its fruit when the plant and ALL of its fruit succumbed to late blight in mid-September. Because of this, I judge it ill-suitable for small spaces, containers, and my county (a hot zone for late blight).

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Posted by riceke (Snellville, GA - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2013 5:17 AM

One of the best tomatoes I've planted that is a high producer of large red fruits that last through the hot, humid, disease ridden conditions in my environment. It is dependable.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 2, 2013 9:36 PM

First year growing the Big Beef tomatoes for me. I bought mine as seedlings at a local nursery. A very nice all around slicing tomato with good taste, although the fruits are not very big. The plants have been growing well without any fungal diseases.

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 4:20 AM

Unlike a previous commenter, I find that these tomatoes are very large, maybe because I'm in zone 8. Excellent all around variety that is resistant to most soil-borne diseases. Even performed great last year when we had an unusually wet summer and most home gardeners said all their tomatoes died. Big Beef produced great. It's a rugged plant. I have heard that there is a dehybridized OP version, which I will try next year.

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