Top Questions About Beefsteak Tomatoes

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Questions About Beefsteak Tomatoes

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 6, 2011

Q. Beefsteak Tomatoes

I have a beefsteak plant and lots of large green tomatoes, but they aren’t turning red. I’m wondering if I am being impatient or if there is something wrong with my plant. The biggest I have is about 1 lb and looks wonderful, but not turning red. There doesn’t seem to be any diseases on the leaves or the tomato itself. I am at a loss, as this the first time I have grown beefsteak. I am in Phoenix and the plant gets morning sun. I do have green peppers and two types of squash in a garden size of 20 X 10 area. Sure hope you have an answer for me.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 6, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 13, 2011

Q. Watering Upside Down Plants

I’ve planted two tomato plants in upside down plastic baskets. I’ve mixed potting soil, compost, and peat moss. My question is: how do I determine the correct amount to water these tomatoes (Hybrid ‘Early girl’ and Beef Steak)? I understand you should be very careful with the amount of water that is added.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 13, 2011
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It is rather difficult to over water an upside down planter. Most of the time, people do not water enough. Water it until the water comes out the bottom and then water it every time the soil just starts to turn dry at the top. Most likely, you will be watering everyday, or close to it.

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Asked by
dano on
May 14, 2012

Q. tomatoes

My tomato plants, “Early Girl” “Jet Star” and “Beef Steak” are planted in containers and growing an inch or 2 a day. Now they are reaching a height where I will need to prune them to manage any more reach. Is there a trick as to where to cut them back, or does it matter. All have many blossoms set and seem to be starting more all the time.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 14, 2012
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Tomatoes grow tall when they have support and they are well cared for. Consider it a compliment that they grew so well. You can limit how tall they grow by limiting the support system you have. Once the plant folds over, it signals it to stop growing up. Suckers can produce flowers the same as main branches.

If you decide to prune, use a very clean pair of shears and cut at the place where the branch you are trimming meets the stem. Allow it to air dry and do not water the foliage of the plant for a day after you prune. Whether you remove the suckers is a personal choice. This article will explain more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/should-you-prune-tomato-plants.htm

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Asked by
djpalmersheim on
May 23, 2012

Q. how to stake up beef steak tomatoes

How to stake up beef steak tomatoes.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 24, 2012
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Asked by
hygiene on
May 24, 2012

Q. droopy tomato leaves

I have 3 tomato plants outside in about 5 gallon pots. They are thriving and are about 3 feet high with many flowers. The beefsteak tomato leaves are very droopy. The stems are strong but I can’t help but feel something is wrong. I want to fix it before it is too late. Any ideas?

Answered by
Heather on
May 26, 2012
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My gut is that they are not getting enough water. In containers, plants need more water than most people realize. Try increasing water to the plant and see if that helps.

There are many reasons this can happen. This article may be helpful in explaining more about those reasons:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/wilting-tomato-plants.htm

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Asked by
beckymalone on
June 1, 2012

Q. blooms of beefsteak tomato keep falling off before forming fruit

My beefsteak tomatoes keep getting blooms but they fall off before fruit can form.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 1, 2012
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When the tomato buds fall off without fruiting, this is a sign of a pollination problem. These articles will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/pollinate-tomatoes.htm

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Asked by
hygiene on
June 2, 2012

Q. another tomato leaf question……

I was just given the answer to water more due to my tomato leaves were limp. The answer worked almost immediatley. THANK YOU!

I have several plants but I have one large beefsteak tomato plant and the leaves are crunchy at the ends on the lower leaves, but the new growth was perfect. I decided since the soil was dry in the evening, I would water at night as well. I usually water in the mornings. Then I put Miracle Gro fertilizer to my plants that are in pots. Now all the leaves are starting to look dry and slightly curled and unhealthy. Did I fry them with fertilizer or should I just stick to watering in the mornings? I read they may need more nitrogen and to put well rotted manure as mulch. I cannot navigate these web sites and I am so sorry for all of the unending questions. Can you still help?

Answered by
gardfei on
June 2, 2012
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since the plants are in pots, putting fertilizer for them keeps it more consentrated which can burn and kill the plants. try planting them in the ground and use less fertilizer. keep tomatoes watered always.
happy gardening!:)

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