Choose a Suitable Container
Avoid smaller containers if you want your beefsteak to thrive. Beefsteak plants are heavy feeders; thus, they will require more room for optimal growth and best performance.
Choose the Right Soil
When growing beefsteak tomatoes indoors, it’s best to use potting mix. This is very important because beefsteak tomatoes are heavy feeders and the potting mix is a blend of organic matter and various nutrients like potassium, phosphorus, etc.
3. Plant Your Tomatoes
You can grow beefsteak tomatoes using seeds or seedlings. While it may be cheaper to use seeds, seedlings will save you about 8 weeks. If you are using seeds, add the potting mix into a small container or preferably a cup, water the potting mix and plant your seeds – one seed per cup.
Provide LED Grow LIght
Beefsteak tomatoes are sun-loving plants. Tomatoes require about 6-8 hours of sunlight a day, temperatures of between 70 and 80 degrees. Since you can have access to direct sunlight when growing your tomatoes indoors, LED grow lights are your best options.
5. Stake Your Plants to Offer Support
Staking provides support for weak tomato stems, helping them stand upright. It can help eliminate the ugly, coarse, ridged tomato fruits that appear on the first clusters of your plant if done properly.
Pruning entails cutting off some of the buds so that your plant does not look too bushy. However, early and regular pruning is not appropriate for the health and growth of your plant. Pruning should start once the tomato plant is about one foot high
Beefsteak tomatoes are heavy feeders, and they need sufficient amounts of water. Water your tomatoes generously but not too often. Short dry spells leads to stunted growth, badly affects fruit quality, and reduces crop yield.
Feeding Your Tomatoes (Fertilizer Application)
For a start, after transplanting your seedlings, apply fertilizer to your tomatoes every 10 days until they start blooming. At this stage, you can change the fertilizer application pattern to every 14 days.
9. Pest and Disease Control
Some of the pests that attack tomatoes include: – Tomato hornworms – Flea beetles – Aphids – Rodents The use of soap and water sprays has been an earth-friendly way to get rid of most pests.
10. Harvesting Your Tomatoes
It usually takes beefsteak 70 to 85 days to be ready for harvest. Harvest when the fruits fully ripen. Fully ripen fruit are rich in juices, meaty flesh, and nutrients.