Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Big Beef'

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: Big Beef
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Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:

Indeterminate

Fruit Shape:

Beefsteak

Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Red

Seed Type:

American hybrid

Usage:

Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing

Canning

Disease Resistance:

Fusarium Wilt (F)

Verticillium Wilt (V)

Root Nematodes (N)

Tobacco Mosaic (T)

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Regional

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

Dothan, Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

Nauvoo, Alabama

Newton, Alabama

Holbrook, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Lakewood, California

Morgan Hill, California

Palo Alto, California

West Sacramento, California

Snellville, Georgia

Madison, Illinois

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Winthrop, Maine

Earleville, Maryland

Valley Lee, Maryland

Gobles, Michigan

Paw Paw, Michigan

Southfield, Michigan

Moorhead, Minnesota

House Springs, Missouri

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Watchung, New Jersey

Syracuse, New York

Yorktown Heights, New York

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Jonesville, South Carolina

North Sioux City, South Dakota

Clarksville, Tennessee

Cleveland, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Orange, Virginia

Walkerton, Virginia

Walla Walla, Washington

Grafton, West Virginia

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

16
positives
2
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 17, 2013, CaliforniaGuy from Lakewood, CA wrote:

Very good production. O.k. tasting. I grow these for canning.

Negative

On Nov 17, 2012, davidguss from Walla Walla, WA wrote:

I grew several Big Beefs this year. The plants were vigorous and productive. However, 90% of the fruit cracked. They even cracked when they were green. I also planted Early Girls in the same row and watered them the same and they had virtually no cracking. Quite disappointed in this variety.

Positive

On Aug 14, 2012, jserena from Woodfin, NC wrote:

Reliable, heavy producer with exceptional disease resistance, although like most tomatoes it will succumb quickly to late blight. Crack-resistant, very little cat-facing. Fruits typically 8-12 ounces, but I've grown some to 21 or 22 ounces. Flavor and texture are consistently good under a variety of growing conditions. My favorite hybrid beefsteak tomato.

Neutral

On Apr 18, 2011, Gardening3133 from Westlake Village, CA wrote:

Hi there, I live in Southern California and for the first time I'm growing tomatoes in homemade earthboxes! I have planted a Big Beef and the Aunt Ruby's German plants.
[The next one will be yellow - I'm debating b/w Old German or Lemon Boy...?]

So the Big Beef plant has been in the earthbox for 4-5 day but I can see that the leaves at the bottom near the soil are curling upwards at the edges.

I've researched and seems it could be from a few diff reasons from transplant shock, not enough water, to various diseases.

The soil in this container is pretty damp, almost wet, so I don't think it's from being dry...?

Friend of mine who has grown tomatoes for years says to give it another full week and pay attention to it, but ... read more

Positive

On Mar 10, 2011, riceke from Snellville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

It's everything the description says it is. This is the mainstay of my tomato plantings.

Neutral

On Mar 2, 2011, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

All America Selections Winner in 1994.

Positive

On Jul 10, 2010, b54red from Dothan, AL wrote:

The most consistently productive tomato that I have found in over 30 years of growing tomatoes. It will always have a spot in my garden. It is a good tasting juicy hybrid that compares favorably with many heirlooms with the bonus of great disease and nematode resistance.

Positive

On Jun 9, 2010, azruss from Marana, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

Agree with Suze--good flavor, not great. I'm going to give it another try next year (or maybe for this fall) with improved soil because it was the most prolific variety of the season with perfect, crack-free and BER-free fruit. Better with a tiny pinch of sea salt.

Positive

On Jan 21, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This variety produces good-sized, great-tasting tomatoes. I would say that this one is a winner in my trials.

Positive

On Dec 10, 2008, toughgardengeek from Bethpage, NY wrote:

I have been growing this one since it was introduced and have no reason to stop growing it. Very heavy production for such a big slicer. Dependable with all the disease resistance. Very good flavour, dare I say that it was not too far from Brandywine. Even the occasional "scrawny" plant produced lots of good big fruit. It did seem to need a little bit more pampering (bottom heat) at seedling stage (as did Goliath), but worth the little extra work.

Positive

On Mar 12, 2007, metallic from St. Catharines, ON (Zone 6b) wrote:

Like others have noted, this plant is vigorous, disease resistant and high yielding. Nice uniform tomatoes with no cracking and good colour. Jarred many for the past winter and still have some. Beats store bought tomatoes any day. I'd have to say though that I've tasted better hybrids (Goliath and Ultra Girl). If you want a bumper crop of large and tasty tomatoes with a lot of disease resistance, go for Goliath. (Canadian Zone 6b)

Positive

On Apr 8, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

I find the flavor to be pretty good - but not great. Fairly crack resistant, uniform fruit, usually 8-14 oz or so, productive.
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Note -- There is also a dehybridized version available.

Positive

On Nov 24, 2005, CricketsGarden from Nauvoo, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is by far my favorite tomato. I sowed the seed Jan 30. I grew them in my greenhouse. they had ripe tomatoes in 17 weeks. They were so huge they were braking the truss (blossom stem) . One truss had 18 or 20 tomatoes on it. Great flavor. Not too firm and not too watery. Just right. And on the acid side.
The early tomatoes had some cat facing but that was due to some cold spells while they were blooming. They all did great. I only grew them til they were too tall to handle. That was about 12 feet tall By July 5th. (5 months growing) But I did trim the plants to only one stem per plant. That might be why they grew so tall in such short time span.

Cricket

Positive

On May 9, 2004, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've been growing this tomato for four years now. I find it to be an outstanding variety. It is disease resistant, bears tons of fruit and I find the taste comparable to "Brandywine" and other heirlooms. I now grow it from seed so I know I'll have some each year

Positive

On Mar 20, 2004, halifax_guy wrote:

I tried Big Beef for the first time summer of 2003 and it performed great for me. Tomatoes were large and ripened evenly on vine. Flavour was very good to excellent. I live in Nova Scotia.

Positive

On Nov 22, 2003, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

So far ,as a greenhouse crop it is surviving I bought Johnnys big beef,for a trial this year[I don't know if there is a difference] -in 15 years of tomato growing[mostly organically]-this is the 3rd one to last the season[10 months]still in production and still good quality-the other 2 are Miracle Sweet,and Goliath,[hybrids too]

Positive

On Jan 16, 2003, vinifera wrote:

I live in the San Joaquin Valley, CA. This tomato wintered over with no shelter and I just picked 5 pounds or so of large green tomatoes. We had frost 5 days or so this winter. It is January and it is blooming. The plant was very vigorous and set tasty tomatoes.

Positive

On Sep 8, 2002, Pala from Olympia, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the very few hybrids that I grow anymore in this world of exciting heirlooms. Big Beef proves, time and time again, to be a highly productive variety which seems very resistant to disease and sometimes resists late blight here in the Pacific Northwest. The flavor is very good and texture is firm and juicy. I highly recommend this variety!

Positive

On Jun 6, 2002, madman wrote:

This is one of my favorite tomatoes. I have had good germination of seed, good disease resistance, and all plants have been extremely heavy bearers. The tomato is a very large beefsteak type with good flavor. It is excellent for slicing or in salads. If I could only plant one variety each year, it would have to be this one.