Tomatoville® Gardening Forums


Notices

Member discussion regarding the methods, varieties and merits of growing tomatoes.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old August 6, 2013   #1
Ed of Somis
Tomatovillian™
 
Ed of Somis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Somis, Ca
Posts: 649
Default BIG BEEF HYPE...

I am relatively new to the tomato craziness. Lately, I have been reading the praises of Big Beef. Like most of us tomato-growing weirdos...I am already planning next year's plantings. What is the truth about this tomato??? Should I include it in my 6-7 plantings?
Ed of Somis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #2
Lee
Tomatopalooza™ Moderator
 
Lee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: NC-Zone 7
Posts: 2,156
Default

Probably one of the best hybrids around.
Good flavor, production, size, shape, disease tolerance......
Very reliable and all around great variety.
I would include it in your grow outs for next year. (It will be in mine.)

Lee
__________________
Intelligence is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is knowing not to put one in a fruit salad.

Cuostralee - The best thing on sliced bread.
Lee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #3
Farmette
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 977
Default

It is one of only a few hybrids that I grow...a consistently good producer and the taste is better than many hybrids, in my opinion.
Farmette is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #4
AKmark
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wasilla Alaska
Posts: 1,937
Default Big Beef

I used the hybrid off and on for years, this year I used the OP strain, which very much represented the hybrid taste wise. BB has never been my favorite standard slicer hybrid, it is just ok to me, this year my Celebrity, as a hybrid, beat it hands down, and my Neves Azorean Red (Spelling error for sure) was much better for a red slicer on the OP front, and yield is impressive too. To save myself from a beating I must say, some years Celebrity does not seem so great, this year the batch is really good.
However... I believe this is the last year for BB in my house, others in the red catagory treat me better, but it is much better than many strains, and certainly is better than a box store tomato, perfect round globes too.
AKmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #5
marc_groleau
Tomatovillian™
 
marc_groleau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 439
Default

Great dependable producer of really nice and unform fruit. In a taste test with my heirloom varieties it wouldn't do well but in a taste test against other beefsteak hybrids it would be tops. I've grown it for years and it's always the top producer but this year I made room for more heriloom varieties so it had to go. I may be sorry I did that. Time will tell.
marc_groleau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #6
BigBrownDogHouse
Tomatovillian™
 
BigBrownDogHouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Northern Illinois ZONE 5a...wait now 5b
Posts: 906
Default

My father-in-law's favorite tomato. I have to grow it for him every year.

Thumbs up from us!
__________________
Brian
BigBrownDogHouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #7
b54red
Tomatovillian™
 
b54red's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Alabama
Posts: 6,877
Default

I too am a fan of Big Beef. It is by no means a perfect tomato but it is one of the most dependable with great production and good flavor. Year in and year out it has beaten all the other hybrids I have tried. It also withstands very hot weather better than most without developing that leathery tough hide that Celebrity gets in very hot weather.

If fusarium is not a problem then you might want to try Bella Rosa which is a better tasting hybrid but it is determinate and not nearly as dependable; but when it does well it can be a massive producer. If you want a lot of big beautiful tomatoes without a lot of fuss then the highly disease resistant tomato Amelia is one you might want to try; but it is not as tasty.

In years when Neves Azorean Red does well it will match or surpass Big Beef in production and it is a much tastier and larger tomato; but it is not as dependable.

Bill
b54red is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #8
Ed of Somis
Tomatovillian™
 
Ed of Somis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Somis, Ca
Posts: 649
Default

Wow! Lots of positive feedback from the experts on Big Beef! Nobody actually said it was a dud. I grow in containers, and am trying to decide on Celebrity vs. Big Beef. Other indeterminates like Cherokee Purple and Brandywine are doing well in my large pots. Supporting the maters is what I am learning.
Ed of Somis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #9
Lee
Tomatopalooza™ Moderator
 
Lee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: NC-Zone 7
Posts: 2,156
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by b54red View Post
If you want a lot of big beautiful tomatoes without a lot of fuss then the highly disease resistant tomato Amelia is one you might want to try; but it is not as tasty.


Bill

Bill you had an extra word in your description of Amelia.... "as". Definitely remove the as.

Lee
__________________
Intelligence is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is knowing not to put one in a fruit salad.

Cuostralee - The best thing on sliced bread.
Lee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #10
Redbaron
Tomatovillian™
 
Redbaron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 4,481
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lee View Post
Bill you had an extra word in your description of Amelia.... "as". Definitely remove the as.

Lee
__________________
Scott

AKA The Redbaron

"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; & of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system."
Bill Mollison
co-founder of permaculture
Redbaron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #11
TomatoDon
Tomatovillian™
 
TomatoDon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: MS
Posts: 1,460
Default

Q. "Should I include it (Big Beef) in my 6-7 plantings?"
A. "Yes."
__________________
Zone 7B, N. MS
TomatoDon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #12
gssgarden
Tomatovillian™
 
gssgarden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: N.C.
Posts: 1,757
Default

Do not pass go, do not collect $200, go directly to your seed source and order some!!

ALWAYS in my garden. Only plant 3-4 hybrids of the twenty+ plants I go.

Greg
gssgarden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #13
TightenUp
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jersey
Posts: 1,183
Default

i am growing big beef for the first time this season. it has grown into a huge plant just loaded with tomatoes. for production its hard to beat.

however i'm also growing brandy boy this season and it beats it hands down in taste and production is pretty close. if you're looking for a red slicer brandy boy isn't it. it's a large pink beefsteak averaging over a pound for me. i have a second brandy boy plant in a 20 gallon container and its also doing fantastic with just slightly smaller tomatoes than the in ground plant.

if i could only recommend one hybrid it would be brandy boy, not big beef.
__________________

TightenUp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #14
nnjjohn
Tomatovillian™
 
nnjjohn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: northern new jersey
Posts: 683
Default

Everyone here loves the super beef steaks I grewed Even the big boys taste great.. I must of picked about two dozen and most are still growing green and some look well over a lb. I will likely have to give a lot away when they really start coming all at once.. been eating them in salads /burgers/sandwiches.. nothing better than a home grown beefsteak imho
__________________
john
nnjjohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6, 2013   #15
PHONETOOL
Tomatovillian™
 
PHONETOOL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 58
Default

I ordered some last week
PHONETOOL is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:35 PM.


★ Tomatoville® is a registered trademark of Commerce Holdings, LLC ★ All Content ©2019 Commerce Holdings, LLC ★