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LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Beefmaster'

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Syngenta

Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Beefmaster'

Plant Common Name

Beefmaster Tomato, Tomato

General Description

This super slicing tomato is an extremely popular hybrid with dark red, meaty fruit weighing up to two pounds each. It is a short-lived tender perennial vine that is grown as an annual. Its compound leaves are medium green, hairy, have a strong fragrance and are not to be eaten. Edible fruits appear when days and nights are warm and can usually be harvested within 70 to 75 days after germination. This is an indeterminate, or vining, variety and will grow best if staked, trellised or caged.

Easy to grow and heat-loving, tomatoes require full sun and perfectly drained, slightly acidic, rich garden loam. It is important to feed and water them regularly for best fruit production, though heavy watering can cause mature fruits to crack on the vine. Blossom end rot is a common fruit defect caused by a deficiency in the essential micro-nutrient calcium, which is another reason to feed your plants well!

Beefmaster is resistant to cracking, fusarium wilt, and verticillium wilt. If happy, plants will produce delicious, beefsteak-type tomatoes abundantly throughout the growing season.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3'-9' / 0.9m - 2.7m (5)

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m (3)

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Mexico, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes