Growing Burpee Big Boy Hybrid Tomato Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Lycopersicon
- Other Names: Big Boy tomatoes
- Days to Maturity: 78 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 vines; 1-lb. 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: Scarlet fruit; green foliage
- Flavor: Sweet
Burpee Big Boy Hybrid Tomato Seed Growth Habits:
Using a tomato cage, stake, or trellis system is recommended for Burpee Big Boy hybrid tomato seeds because the vines of the plant are indeterminate and the plant produces heavy fruit. The support you provide will help keep the fruit off the ground and provide proper airflow for the plant, which can help prevent certain diseases.
The deep-oblate fruit of the Burpee Big Boy tomato plant is scarlet and can reach weights around 1 lb. apiece.
It is best to start Burpee Big Boy tomato seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date for your USDA hardiness zone. After hardening off the seedlings, you'll want to transplant the tomato seedlings into an area of the garden that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight during the day.
Various Uses for Burpee Big Boy Hybrid Tomatoes:
Burpee Big Boy tomatoes are excellent slicers for sandwiches and burgers, and their meaty texture and delicious flavor make them a good candidate for making salsa, homemade tomato sauce, and stew.
Burpee Big Boy Hybrid Tomato Benefits:
Rich in vitamins, such as vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin K, Big Boy tomatoes are a good source of nutrients when eaten as part of a healthy diet. They also contain a significant amount of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that is good for the heart.
It is best to avoid planting tomato plants in areas where members of the nightshade family (potatoes, peppers, eggplant, and tobacco) grew the previous year. Tomato plants are susceptible to the same types of diseases as these other related plants.
Tomatoes are a warm-weather, annual crop and should be protected from frost.
For the best tasting tomatoes, store them at room temperature away from sunlight. Refrigerating tomatoes may leave you with tasteless fruit.
Seeds Per Package:
- 1 oz - Approximately 10,690 Seeds