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Better Boy

Better Boy Stats

Height: 72 - 120" (1.83-3.05 m)
Plant Spacing: 24 - 36" (0.61-0.91 m)
Row Spacing: 36 - 60" (0.91-1.52 m)
Days to Maturity: 70 - 80
Growing Habit: Indeterminate
Sun: Full Sun
Color: Pink, Red
Size: Medium, Large
Shape: Medium, Large
Genetic Type: Hybrid
Variety Type: Paste/Canning, Really Big Ones, Slicers
Disease Resistance: V, F, N, T

Common Uses

Salads, pasta, salsa, sauces, sandwiches/burgers, eaten fresh

Other Names


Information for Better Boy

In existence for over 50 years, the Better Boy tomato variety is a hybrid type popularly grown and produced in the United States. This type of tomato has been listed in the Guinness World Records for producing approximatly 342 pounds (155 kg) of fruit per plant courtesy of Charles H. Wilber, a champion home gardener.

W. Atlee Burpee Seed Company was the first company to market the Better Boy variety as the first hybrid tomato. In fact, it is known to be an improved version of the Big Boy tomato (see article on "Big Boy").

The standard size of Better Boy fruits is 12 ounces (340 g). Unlike the smaller tomato varieties, the smooth-skinned fruits have innumerable seeds. The typical colors of the fruits are pink that turn to deep red when ripe. They come from an indeterminate climber plant that produces high yields. The plant is usually supported by stakes or cages for better growth.

In terms of taste, Better Boy tomatoes have that lusciously sweet and tangy flavor. With its high water content, the plump and fleshy texture produces such juiciness making them the ultimate slicing tomatoes around. Better Boy tomatoes are often used in numerous food preparations including salads, pasta and sandwiches. As for purposes, they are canned, sliced, and pulsed to make sauces.

Better Boy tomatoes are also known for its disease resistance. The plant is extremely adaptable and reliable since they can be cultivated in any climate. However, Better Boy tomatoes are not frequently grown commercially. People who love to grow large types of tomatoes often plant Better Boy seeds in their own garden. California and Texas are two of the biggest growers of Better Boy tomatoes.

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