Anyone ordered the SteakHouse Hybrid from Burpee?

wertach zone 7-B SCJanuary 5, 2014

I've got cabin fever so I broke down and ordered some, $6.95 for 25 seed. Expensive seed!

It is supposed to be the biggest tomato in the world, 24-48 ounces. I hope so.

I'm thinking I'll start 5 and stretch them out over 5 years, or start them all and sell some plants to get my money back!

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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Yes, very expensive seed.

There's a long thread elsewhere about Steakhouse and also Burpee's Porterhouse, Burpee in general, and I guess Ribeye comes next. LOL

I'm linking to it below.

That size fruit in 75 days, I think not.

Largest fruit size variety bred? Absolutely not.

Most hybrids have some disease tolerances associated with them. I seen none noted.

I think only 1 or 2 folks in the thread I referred to had actually bought the seeds, most were just asking for opinions based on claims and other Burpee large reds as well as other known large reds, most of which some folks grow for competition size fruits..

Burpee has a small breeding program started, after a long interval but most of the time they subcontract with Petoseed in Ca, tell them roughly what they want, and then get naming rights.

Since you've already bought the seeds for sure just germinate a few, grow them out and get back here and give us your opinion, based on other large reds you've grown, either F1 or OP varieties.

I wish I could link to that other thread for you, but to do so would mean I'm banned here, last I knew, and since I've been reading /posting here from time to time since about 2000 I'd just as soon stay as be banned. ( smile)


Here is a link that might be useful: Steakhouse

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 1:58PM
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Carolyn, I enjoyed your book...

Based on some of your postings, I'm going for some big red ones this year. I'm planting Wes, Chapman, Neves Azorean Red, and Red Penna. For earlies I'm planting Moravsky Div, and I'm rounding out the garden with Paul Robeson, Spudatula, Rebel Yell, Omar's Lebanese, KBX, San Marzano Redorta and Super Sioux.

At least a few of those should do okay in our brutally hot humid summers here in SC.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 8:11PM
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I got banned once. It is not so bad. I really believe that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.


    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 10:41AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

I will Carolyn.

The only other big red ones I have ever grown were Parks Whopper and some unknown seed from a big red tomato that I bought at a farmers market in Alabama years ago.

I like the Whoppers pretty good and they do well for me. The unknown one must have been a hybrid, it produced well and had about the same taste as the whopper, but smaller.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 10:59AM
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I ordered two packages of the Burpee Steakhouse tomato seeds to give them a try. Yes they are expensive.but I plan to harvest seed if they produce decent fruit. I received the seeds yesterday and started several as a trial. Only time will tell.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 1:22PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

gwrace, Steakhouse is supposed to be a hybrid, and if so, it wouldn't grow true from saved seed.

Then again, Burpee's Brandy Boy is supposed to be a hybrid, but some folks reportedly grew it out for many generations, and it did grow true from saved seed. So the assumption was that Burpee was just claiming it was a hybrid in order to sell more seed.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 11:50PM
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Thanks for the tip. I'm not short on land, containers or space so I don't mind trying. It's always fun to experiment.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 4:35PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I was at HD today; They had both of those Burpee hybrids (SH and PorterHouse) on the rack.
If you are interested you might want to visit your neighborhood HD.Prices were reasonable , $1.89 ?

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 9:27PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

Thanks Seysonn, I wish I had known that earlier, but it's too late I have already bought them! My local HD didn't have any seeds a few weeks ago.

I'll check my local HD this weekend. If they have them at that price, I'll buy more, just in case I like them!

I have talked with some of my co-workers about them and they want to try them. They said that they want to buy all of my extras. So I should break even or make a few bucks!

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 1:24PM
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yardenman(z7 MD)

Volume is not quality. If you WANT to grow a grocery store-quality tomato, just buy it there.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 3:38AM
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I ordered a packet and started them Jan 8th in small cells and have transplanted them into 1 gallon containers and so far they have rooted out nicely and have not been staked. I plan on transplanting them outside this week. I do suggest bird-netting them and possibly thinning some fruit in order to get those "giant" fruits.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 9:19PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I ordered a packet and started them Jan 8th ..

That is about 90 days. They must be good size plants.
I have started mine on Feb 27. And I am shooting for picking some ripe tomatoes on or about June 15Th ( 110 days from seeding). WOW or WOF (wall of fire), got to do it.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 10:50PM
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Only wanted to interject my experiences with Steakhouse and Porterhouse a few years back. I compared them to Parks Whopper and Beefy Boy and the Parks tomatoes were larger and more productive in my garden. The little girl pictured on the Burpee catelog cover holding a huge tomato would make you believe in much larger fruits coming from those plants.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 9:07AM
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I think a little more of Burpee products than most others on this forum but still know that they are eggagerating the size you are likely to exp with this variety. I did grow Whoppers last yr and Burpees Orange Slice and the Burpee tomato was larger and more prolific. No opinion on the taste diff. And isn't the Steakhouse brand new?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 1:48PM
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BurpeeâÂÂs SteakHouse is NOT listed in Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners (Cornell University)

Porterhouse has 3 reviewers that gave 1 star, while ParkâÂÂs Whopper has 9 reviewers that gave 4.3 stars - out of five.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 3:13PM
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I made a mistake. The tomato we planted last year was STEAK SANDWICH AND NOT STEAKHOUSE. We planted STEAK SANDWICH last year and they were good, very tasty and we gave a lot away and received favorable comments..

I started the seeds a few days ago and of the 12 plants all germinated quickly using a heat mat.

Now, I did go online and order the STEAKHOUSE tomato. I ordered 2 packs at the high price of $6.95 a pack. That was bad enough but the shipping cost was another
$6.00+. If I had realized that 2 packs of seeds would cost nearly $20.00 I would not have ordered. them...but then again, I am curious about this tomato.

This post was edited by Camellia10 on Mon, Mar 17, 14 at 18:30

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 4:26PM
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I might be wrong but from the Burpee 2014 catalogue I get the idea this is the first yr for Steakhouse. Last yr they introduced the so called 5x5 2lb paste tomato and Supersteak has been around a while but this is the first I have heard of Steakhouse and I receive their catalogue every yr.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 2:56PM
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Big Pinks, you are correct. I got myself confused with Steak Sandwich. Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 6:36PM
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Re: post by missingtheobvious: I am really surprised to hear that anyone was able to save seed from BrandyBoy and have it grow true the following year.

I looked at the Steakhouse Hybrid, but didn't see any reviews on the taste. I agree that getting a 3 year old to hold the tomato on the cover makes it look larger.

BrandyBoy has always been a winner for my garden and consistently grows many, many tomatoes of 1 lb and a few of 2 lb. I will be eager to try saving seeds and see what happens because these are the most tender, juicy, and flavorful tomatoes I've ever grown.

I'd love to hear what the Steakhouse Hybrid flavor is like.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 6:28PM
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Those that are buying one or two packs of seeds from Burpee may want to check their site every few weeks. They often have a free shipping offer on the front page. Another way (which I did) is to sign up for their free newsletter. (I think I got free shipping just for signing up.) I said "okay, now I'm in for a lot of junk mail". But, surprisingly, I only get notification on special offers. Many of them being free shipping.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 1:55PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

An update.....

I planted 6 steakhouse seeds, 6 brandy boy's, 6 Moscow, 6 Rutgers, 6 porterhouse, and 6 mortgage lifters in starter pots 7 weeks ago. All of them germinated and grew well! I only transplanted once in to solo cups but they were very healthy and stocky.

I planted 3 of each in the garden, yesterday, 2 days before my local extension recommends...... ;)

I took the rest to work and I just told them they could have them, but "donations" would help cover the costs if anyone wanted to help. I'm a giving kind of person. They were all going crazy over how good they looked.

I had to leave to go on an emergency call at one of our facilities, so the boss over our mechanics (I'm an electrician) said that he would collect the donations.

When I went back by the shop later to get some parts from our stock room he handed me $56, not bad! But the same size plants from the local stores would be $5 or $6 each, and none of these varieties. Knowing him he probably auctioned them off after I left! LOL

He said that some of the folks from the other departments found out about them and asked him to ask me if I had more to sell. I don't, but I'm thinking I probably will next year!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 11:48AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

Pretty impressive, but not record setting!

A few pics of my largest ripe one I have some a little bigger that aren't ripe yet. They have a really good taste.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 12:40PM
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Wertach - what does the fruit weigh? How many fruit per plant would you say? Are they a hardy - vigorous indeterminate plant? Do they set fruit easily? How many blossoms per truss can one expect? Some of the larger fruit plants appear to be frail in the stem structure of the plant - is that true with SteakHouse? Do you have a photo of the plant you can share? Lots of questions

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 7:55PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

I don't have a scale Hudson.

It's an Indeterminate they are about 5' tall and look good.

I will try to take a picture of the plants later today.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 9:21AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

OOPS! I think I posted the wrong picture!

I think that's a Brandy boy above! Or it could be several different ones! Most of my tags blew away and I didn't pay attention to the leaves when I was picking that one! I will know when I slice it!

Here is the Steakhouse! I know this is the steakhouse because it still had the tag I put on it.

Compared to the Brandy Boy

The plants

This post was edited by wertach on Sun, Jul 6, 14 at 11:04

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 10:54AM
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Grew them this year. Great plant. Fruit has excellent flavor. Smallest are apx. 1.5 lbs largest 2.25. This plant was given to me but I definitely will be buying seed for next spring. Very happy with it.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:21PM
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Steakhouse tomato. 7.31.2014. 2.25 lbs. Sturdy plants. Great flavor. Meaty - not a lot of gel and seeds. Smallest tomatoes thus far-1.50 lbs.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:33PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

Are you getting a lot of Siamese twin tomatoes from them? Or is it just me?

I'm getting a lot of weird looking tomatoes on Steakhouse, Porterhouse, and Brandy boy.

Like this one in the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ugly Tomato

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:50PM
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I got a late start on planting my own Steakhouse 7 inch starts from seed on 5-16-14. The pic below shows the first and biggest sample. I am 6 ft tall and the steakhouse tomato plant is 7 ft at the time of this pic and about 8 ft now (8-27-14) and still growing. The tomato is 1.5 lbs, and the succeeding ones are about 1 lb each. I do not pinch suckers, and grow them in wire cages, in Tennessee. My 10 ft corn is in the background.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 8:50PM
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