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As a comment about Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Bush Beefsteak'), Newyorkrita wrote:

This is my first year trying the Bush Variety of Beefsteak tomatoes. I will be comparing the Bush Beefsteak to the regular Beefsteak. So far I have noticed from the mostly green tomatoes that the Bush Beefsteak are more uniform in size than the common Beefsteaks, and mostly not as large.
Name: Mike Dunton
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MikeD
Feb 28, 2017 6:07 PM CST
Hi @Newyorkrita,

I am working on cleaning up the database and was just curious about your results with this variety. Looking at your photos, the one of the 6-pack of plants it appears that there are different varieties mixed in there. Was that the case?

Your fruit photos look like globe-shaped, smallish fruits and not "Beefsteak" slicing-type tomatoes . . . certainly not like the image of beefsteaks on the plant stake. Do you think the stakes got mixed up? The other puzzle is that the grower's stake declares that it is a bush variety (meaning determinate) as opposed to vining (indeterminate) but this database entry notes that it was an indeterminate. Do you recall or have notes as to its actual growth habit?

Thank you in advance for the clarifications.

Mike
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 28, 2017 6:16 PM CST
I think all the plants were the same. The fruit never was as large as I would have expected and no they never looked like the big tomatoes in the label picture.

I feel these were determinate in that they really produced like crazy for about 3 weeks and after that there really weren't any more tomatoes to be had. Plants weren't too tall either.

All in all I would go back to Beefsteak and not bother with these bush variety again.
Name: Mike Dunton
Liberal, Oregon (Zone 8b)
Plant Database Moderator Tomato Heads Farmer Organic Gardener Composter Seed Starter
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MikeD
Mar 1, 2017 5:52 PM CST
Thank you for the feedback . . . I will edit the database to reflect that it was determinate.

Best,

Mike
Founder and the man of many hats at the Victory Seed Company

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