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Better Boy Tomato


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  • Delicious Tomatoes Can Weigh Up To A Pound!
  • 36-48 Inches Tall
  • 24-36 Inches Wide
  • Plant in Full Sun

This indeterminate tomato variety begins producing in fruit in mid-summer and doesn't stop until frost. The deep red, large, juicy, slightly flattened round tomatoes it yields can weigh up to a pound. The Better Boy Tomato variety holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records with an output of almost 342 pounds of fruit from a single plant. Solanum-Better-Boy-Tomato’s thick foliage protects the fruit from sunscald. This tomato is a great all-around variety for home gardeners because it can be used for slicing, freezing, canning and sauces. Better Boy Tomato was bred to be resistant to verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt race 1, nematodes, Alternaria and gray leaf spot diseases.

Plant Better Boy Tomatoes after the danger of frost has passed and overnight lows remain above 55 degrees F. Harvest when the fruits have turned from green to red and are still firm when gently squeezed. Prune off suckers that form between the main stem and the branches. They will produce little fruit and steal energy from the plant. Also remove any branches that touch the ground.

Better Boy Tomato Plant Care

Plant Lycopersicon lycopersicum ‘Better Boy’ in full sun conditions in your garden or a large container. Indeterminate tomatoes are vines so staking will be required to keep the fruit off the ground. Space multiple plants 24 to 30 inches apart. Better Boy Tomato can grow to be 5 to 8 feet in height. Tomatoes grow best in well-drained soils that are high in organic matter. Better Boy Tomatoes can be grown as an annual in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 11.

Growing Better Boy Tomato Plants

Big Beef Tomatoes can be grown in a large container with a diameter of at least 24 inches in diameter. planter. The plant will act as a spiller if left unstaked. Plants grown in containers need more frequent watering because the soil dries out quicker.

Watering Better Boy Tomato Plants

Water weekly so that the water penetrates to a depth of 6 to 10 inches if your garden has not received an inch of rainfall in the previous week.

Feeding Better Boy Tomato Plants

Add compost to your garden before transplanting tomatoes. Feed regularly as directed on the package with an organic 4-6-8 fertilizer blend.

Better Boy Tomato Plant Information

Common Name: Better Boy Tomato
Botanical Name: Lycopersicon esculentum
Plant Type: Tomato – Slicer
Edible Type: Vegetable
Fruit Size: 16 oz
Light Exposure: Full Sun (+6 hrs.)
Spacing: 24 - 36" (61 - 91cm)
Height: 36 - 48" (91 - 122cm)
Width: 24 - 36" (61 - 91cm)
Tomato Type: Slicer Tomato

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

2 Reviews - Better Boy Tomato Show Reviews

  • 5
    The three tomato plants arrived in poor condition -

    Posted by Judy Zwaschka on May 8th 2022

    The three tomato plants arrived in poor condition - severely slumped over, wilted & dry. The Fourth of July tomato plant did not survive. The other two tomato plants look fair. If I had realized the distance they would have to travel to arrive at our home, I probably would not have placed my order but I wanted to support a mom & pop business as opposed to a box store.

  • 5

    Posted by Robert L Homan on Jun 2nd 2021

    This is by far the best plant I have received this year. Most of my plants from Gurneys were dead upon arrival. This plant never missed a beat had it planted within 10 minutes of receiving it. And it is doing very good