White Beefsteak Tomato
Soft and Sweet White Beefsteak Tomatoes grow to a large size and have yellowish-white flesh. Tomatoes ripen in 85 days. Lovely is the serving of White Beefsteak Tomatoes along with red and orange tomatoes.
The White Beefsteak Tomato is an old American relic pioneered by Thomas Jefferson, an experimental farmer, in his garden in Monticello. Immigrants from Italy and France popularized the variety of this tomato, and by the beginning of the 19th century, it had become quite famous in the States.
How to Grow White Beefsteak Tomatoes:
- Sowing: Start growing indoor tomatoes 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Sow seeds 1/4 "deep, 1" apart. Maintain a germination temperature of 70-75 degrees F, provide light, keep the soil moist. When the second set of leaves appears, transplant the seedlings into separate pots and bury the stems down to the lowest set of leaves. It is recommended to expose them to the weather a week before planting to harden the plant in the afternoon. Repot the tomatoes when the frost threat is gone and the soil temperature has reached at least 70 degrees F. When using a trellis, arrange plants 2′ apart, but if allowing vines to grow, place plants 3-4′ apart friend. Carrots and onions are considered companion plants; also, you should avoid cabbage or other tomatoes.
- Plant Spacing: 2″.
- Growing of White Beefsteak Tomatoes: Tomatoes are thermophilic; temperatures below 55 degrees F can damage, so protect the plants if necessary. Water the plants once a week, mulch to retain moisture. Determinate or bush-type tomatoes do not require staking.
- White Beefsteak Tomatoes Soil Requirements for: moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter.
- White Beefsteak Tomatoes Days to Germination: 7-10 days.
- Light Preference of White Beefsteak Tomatoes: Full Sun.
- Life Cycle of White Beefsteak Tomatoes: Annual Crop.
- How and When to Harvest White Beefsteak Tomatoes: The ripeness of tomatoes can be determined by gently pressing on them. If the pulp gives in slightly, then the fruit is ripe. If the stem does not come off the vine, cut it off with scissors. Harvest the entire crop before the first frost. Unripe tomatoes will mature over time if stored in a warm place out of direct sunlight. White Wonder Beefsteak tomatoes have a high sugar content and are wonderful for slicing.
- Days to Maturity: up to 85 days
- White Beefsteak Tomatoes Seed Saving: Cross-pollination between most tomato varieties is unlikely, so isolation is not required. Cut perfectly ripe tomatoes in half horizontally by squeezing the pulp into a container. Also, you can chop small tomatoes in a blender. The mixture should ferment for several days or until a thick layer of mold forms to remove the gelatinous layer on the seeds. Drain all but the good seeds, rinse them under running water, then lay them out to dry out of direct sunlight. Stir twice a day and use a fan to speed up drying if the air is humid—store seeds in a cool, dry place for up to four years.
- Latin Name: Lycopersicon esculentum
- Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Indeterminate, Warm Season
- USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Seeds per Ounce: 10,000
- Planting Method: From Transplant
- Sunlight: Full Sun
- Height: 60 Inches
- Color: White, Cream