Growing Better Boy Hybrid Tomato Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Lycopersicon 'Big Boy'
- Other Names: Better Boy tomatoes
- Days to Maturity: 70 days
- Hardiness Zone: Annual, not intended for overwintering
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 14-20” staked; 24-36” unstaked
- Row Spacing: 3’
- Growth Habit: Indeterminate, bush-like vines; 12- to 16-oz. globe-shaped fruit
- Soil Preference: Prefers rich soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8; Tolerates slightly acidic soil down to a pH of 5.5
- Temp Preference: Soil at 60-95 degrees F for germination
- Light Preference: Full sun, at least 6 hours per day
- Pests/diseases: Tomato hornworms, aphids, whiteflies, Colorado potato beetle, cutworms, flea beetles, blossom end rot, catface, early blight, late blight, Verticillium wilt
- Color: Red fruit; Yellow flowers; Green foliage
- Flavor: Sweet
Better Boy Hybrid Tomato Seed Growth Habits:
Better Boy hybrid tomato seeds grow indeterminate vines that are somewhat bush-like. Using a tomato cage or stake is highly recommended because of the amount of fruit produced by the Better Boy hybrid plant. Supporting the plant will ensure proper airflow and help keep fruit off the ground, which can help prevent common diseases.
Better Boy tomato seeds will produce 12- to 16-oz. fruit that is globe-shaped and red.
Start your Better Boy hybrid tomato seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost date, and transplant them into an area of the garden that gets at least 6 hours of sun each day. Don't forget to slowly harden off the seedlings, as they will need time to acclimate to outdoor conditions.
Various Uses for Better Boy Tomatoes:
Better Boy hybrid tomatoes are excellent for eating fresh in salads or sliced up for various uses. This juicy, red tomato variety is also a great choice for making salsa, creating homemade tomato sauce, and cooking in a stew.
Better Boy Hybrid Tomato Benefits:
An excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that helps ensure heart health, Better Boy hybrid tomatoes are also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin K, and calcium.
As part of the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family, Better Boy hybrid tomatoes are related to potatoes, peppers, eggplant, and even tobacco. Tomatoes should not be planted in areas that have grown another member of the Solanaceae family during the previous growing season because they are susceptible to the same types of diseases.
Originally from Central and South America, tomatoes are grown in greenhouses and backyard gardens all over the world.
Fresh tomatoes keep best when they are stored at room temperature and away from sunlight. Refrigerating tomatoes can dampen the flavor.