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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Kentucky Beefsteak'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Kentucky Beefsteak

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tomatochick On May 17, 2013, tomatochick from Danbury, CT wrote:

Huge orange fruit with great flavor! You'll get 2+ lb 'ers out of this plant easily. Only thing to note is that I grew one in a (very large) container and one in the garden and I would not recommend container planting this particular cultivar as it was particularly susceptible to BER. The one in the garden suffered no such issue and performed great, however. Good yield, great taste, and really beautiful.

Positive turtleheart On Apr 7, 2011, turtleheart from Wexford, PA wrote:

hardy and more flavor than most other light color tomatoes.

Positive jboyer007 On Apr 19, 2009, jboyer007 from Potosi, MO wrote:

I have grown Kentucky Beefsteak for 10 years. One hot humid summer, it developed fungus spots. It has been my favorite tomato for our area of Missouri (Ozarks). I save the seed every year and it comes on big, orange and tasty.

Positive passiflora_pink On Jun 20, 2006, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

These were big, beautiful *orange* tomatoes.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 12, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A large golden tomato. More globe shaped than most beefsteaks.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pelham, Alabama
Danbury, Connecticut
Indianapolis, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Inez, Kentucky
Potosi, Missouri
Wexford, Pennsylvania
Richmond, Virginia

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