Belfast F1 beef tomato is a compact plant, medium and fruiting constant throughout the production cycle, and is an extra early hybrid with indeterminate growth. The fruits are large 250-270 g. The fruit shape is round and slightly flattened, and the color crimson. The hybrid is recommended for spring crops. The hybrid is suitable grown cycle and shows good resistance to diseases and pests. Disease resistant: tomato mosaic virus (ToMV); Fusarium (Ff: A-E, Fol: 0-2); Ventricilium albo-artum (Va); Ventricilium dahilae (Vd); TSWV (intermediate resistance); Tomatoes nematodes (intermediate resistance).
Characteristics of Indeterminate Tomato
There are certain general characteristics associated with indeterminate tomatoes regardless of variety.
- Non-stop growth and fruiting throughout the season.
- Grows vines which can be as long as 2 meters or 6 feet in length.
- Forms flowers along sides of the shoots.
- The fruit is larger than that of determinate tomatoes.
- Produces longer branches and sparse foliage.
- Requires removal of suckers and general pruning.
- Requires trellising, caging or stacking to support the vines
Importance of Growing Beefsteak Tomatoes
There are many advantages to growing your own beefsteak tomato plants:
- Huge yields – A single plant can produce dozens of fruits, providing pounds of tomatoes.
- Flavor – Heirloom varieties offer incredible old-fashioned tomato flavor.
- Nutrition – Freshly harvested tomatoes offer the most vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- No chemicals – You control growing methods to avoid pesticides.
How to Grow Belfast F1 Tomatoes
Follow these tips for success in growing Belfast F1 tomatoes:
- Raise in a nursery for 6 – 8 weeks in a coco peat.
- Transplant outside after hardening off when nighttime temps are above 50 F.
- Plant 18-36 inches apart in rows or raised beds. Add compost to the soil.
- Use 5-6-foot stakes or cages for support once plants are 2 ft tall.
- Water 1-2 inches per week. Fertilize when fruits start forming.
- Harvest when tomatoes are fully colored but still firm. Enjoy fresh!
Caring for indeterminate tomato
Indeterminate varieties of tomatoes require extra care compared to their determinate counterparts. Pruning is an essential exercise that must be performed on indeterminate tomatoes regularly.
Suckers must be removed to redirect energy to fruit production. Pruning is an ongoing exercise throughout the season because the plant continues to grow. Pruned tomatoes have better flavor than those left unpruned.
In addition to pruning, indeterminate tomatoes require support. This can be done through stakes, trellis, or cages. The support ensures the vine grows upright vertically away from the ground. This reduces the risk of disease and other yield and quality-damaging pests.