- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
The flavour of this wonderful old French heirloom beefsteak variety is so rich, sumptuous and utterly tomatoey it sets the standard for all others to measure up to. The massive fist-sized fruits are heavily ribbed and produce very few seeds, slicing into thick, generous and juicy wedges: layered with mozzarella and avocado and drizzled with vinaigrette they're an unforgettable treat.
- Growing Instructions:Beefsteak tomatoes need a greenhouse to produce fruit reliably. Sow under cover somewhere frost-free, potting on seedlings individually as they grow. Once all danger of frost has passed, plant into greenhouse borders or into growbags. Tie in to supports and pinch out side shoots: water regularly, keeping the soil moist at all times, and feed weekly once flowers form. Avoid letting plants dry out and then drenching them with water, as the sudden increase in water content may split the skins of your tomatoes. Instead keep water levels constant at all times.
- Sow: January-March
- Harvest: July-September
- Approximate quantity: 75 seeds.
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Hi, Can you get blossom end rot on both ends of the tomato? Mine seem to be going soft at the joined end and then dropping off Thanks love JulieAsked on 7/28/2009 by Julie Losh
A:Hello Julie, Blossom end rot will only affect the bottom of the tomato, so I suspect yours are suffering from something else. They are prone to a number of things that will make the fruits rot, so I am not really sure what might be causing this with yours. I would remove all the damaged tomatoes as quickly as possible and keep an eye on the watering and air circulation. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/29/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Tomatoes not ripening?
Hi there, I wonder if you can help. This year I am growing the tomato variety "Shirley" in the greenhouse. They are very healthy and laden with fruit, but they are not ripening. Regards. KateAsked on 7/17/2009 by kate roberts
A:Hello Kate, There is something called Dry Set, which means the growth of the tomatoes stops when they are still very small. This is brought about by the air being too hot and dry when pollination is taking place, and the best way to cure this is to mist the plants with water twice a day - in the morning and evening.Answered on 7/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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