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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Beefsteak VFN'

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: Beefsteak VFN

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

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:
American hybrid

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Root Nematodes (N)
Verticillium Wilt (V)
Fusarium Wilt (F)

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf


1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Wulfsden On Apr 15, 2009, Wulfsden from Riverdale, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

Since I grow tomatoes only in pots, I usually avoid the largest breeds. However, two years ago I was given a healthy beefstake seedling and so I gave it a try. The plant grew fine in a 14" pot, and produced several tomatoes. Although the yield was very low, the fruit was humongous. Unfortunately, in my environ it took weeks for each fruit to ripen, possibly because I did not have enough foliage to supply the energy it needed. A fully grown fruit hanging on the vine is an invitation for trouble in my garden. When my chipmunk pals bite a cherry (and spit it out), its no problem, I have fifty more. But when you only have 4 or 5 softball sized fruit, and two get bitten, it is heartbreaking. I like the taste a lot, and would not hesitate to grow it if I had a good garden spot, but I cannot recommend this plant for pots.

Positive twomules On Aug 19, 2005, twomules from Portage, WI wrote:

Excellent Big tomato, a bit sloppy eating. Very productive and resistant to fungus. Some cracking near the stem.

Neutral Farmerdill On Apr 13, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1983 improved beefsteak said to average 17 ounces.


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

Palo Alto, California
Denver, Colorado
Lilburn, Georgia
Barbourville, Kentucky
Prospect, Kentucky
Moorhead, Minnesota
Riverdale, New Jersey
Randleman, North Carolina
Vinton, Ohio
University Place, Washington
Portage, Wisconsin

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