Do you love eating beefsteak tomatoes that cover your entire burger with just one slice? The good news is that now you can plant a bountiful beefsteak tomato garden at the convenience of your home with the help of hydroponics. Have them raw, grilled, made into sauces, or in any other form of tomato recipe; these big, ripe tomatoes are not only tasty but highly nutritive too. They come in array of colors from bright red, pinkish to yellow or even purple black, and in unusual shapes like kidney or bean shape. You can also find beefsteak tomatoes in different varieties like Big Beef, Brandywine, Bucking Bronco, Beefmaster VFN (hybrid), Bush Beefsteak, and many more; Big Beef being the most popular one because of its flavor, thickness, and uniformity. An added advantage of this juicy soft vegetable is that the plant can produce fruit in the entire summer until the first frost. In addition, you can store them at room temperature, i.e. 13ºC to 21ºC, without any hassle.
With little attention and care, beefsteak tomatoes are easier to grow with hydroponics. Hydroponic beefsteak tomatoes not only taste better but also give year round production of fresh tomatoes without the use of soil. If you have a large area, then you can go for greenhouse production of hydroponic beefsteak tomatoes, this will fetch you a handsome amount on your investments. Even if you don’t have a huge space, don’t be disheartened: you can grow them indoors, and the plant will produce sufficient fruits to satiate the gardener inside you.
You can use any of the available hydroponic systems like flood and drain, recovery drip systems, auto pots, nutrient film technique (NFT), and aeroponics to grow tomatoes. A nutrient solutions having TDS of about 2800 with a pH of 6.5 or so works just fine for these vegetables. You can recover, replenish, and recycle this nutrient solution. These plants need good amount of light to produce more fruits. If you’re growing indoors, you would have to supply grow lights or place them where there is plenty of sunlight. Hydroponic tomatoes need less protection—there’s no trouble of weed, soil-borne pests and diseases. You must remove the old, dead leaves, so they don’t take energy from the plant. Usually, it takes about 7 weeks after flowering initiates to harvest hydroponic tomatoes. Proper pruning of the suckers will ensure quicker and high number of fruits. Make sure you clip the cluster of tomatoes to prevent the fruits from getting detached or the plant from toppling over. Once ready to harvest, these big, fat, vine-ripened hydroponics beefsteak tomato is bound to steal your taste buds and hearts.