For more than 50 years, Better Boy Tomato
has been a household name in the tomato patch.
In fact, more than 2,000 home gardeners named Better Boy one of the “Best Tomatoes to Grow” in a 2009 Mother Earth News poll.
There are several reasons why it’s become a classic.
is one of the most trusted tomato varieties in terms of disease resistance and reliability.
Plus it’s widely adaptable, meaning it produces well in nearly any climate. And it’s one of best tasting slicing tomatoes available.
But probably most of all, it’s known to be an incredibly prolific performer in the home garden. Better Boy plants yield LOTS of tomatoes. Champion home gardener Charles H. Wilber grew Better Boys to win the 1987 Guinness Book of World Records for the largest amount of tomatoes per plant – 342 pounds of fruit from just one Better Boy plant!
Better Boy was bred and marketed as an improved version of Big Boy, the first hybrid tomato marketed by W. Atlee Burpee Seed Company. it's a cross between Teddy Jones (a large, pink beefsteak from the midwest) and a red parent (which one is a corporate secret). Seed industry tradition holds it that when breeder John Peto left Burpee in the 1940s-50s, he took Teddy Jones seeds with him. John formed Petoseed (now a subsidiary of Seminis Seeds) where Better Boy was bred.
Today, Better Boy is touted as Burpee’s best-selling tomato seed.
at Gardener’s Supply; the Ultimate Garden Cage
at Garden.com; and Burpee’s popular XL Pro Tomato Cage
|Better Boy Tomato|
|Days to maturity: 72-75 days|
|Foliage/habit: dense; prevents sunscald|
|Fruit color: bright red|
|Fruit shape/size: globe, smooth, round, 8-16 ounces|
|Disease resistance: V (Verticillium Wilt), F (Fusarium Wilt), N (Nematodes); some seed companies offer Better Boy Tomato seeds also resistant to A (Alternaria) and St (Stemphylium – Gray Leaf Spot).|
|Yield: extremely high|
|Taste: succulent, juicy, meaty|
|Other notes: Better Boy is an outstanding slicing tomato and one of the most prolific producers in the tomato garden.|
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