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LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Better Boy'

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Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Better Boy'

Plant Common Name

Better Boy Tomato, Tomato

General Description

Fast growing and vigorous, ‘Better Boy’ is one of the most popular hybrid tomatoes in the market today and for good reason. This vining tomato produces large, meaty, flavorful, red fruits that often weigh over one pound each. Its compound leaves are medium green, hairy, have a strong fragrance and are not to be eaten. Edible fruits appear when days and nights are warm and can usually be harvested within 75 days after germination. Because this is an indeterminate, or vining, variety plants require staking, trellising or caging for best growth.

Easy to grow and heat-loving, tomatoes require full sun and perfectly drained, slightly acidic, garden loam. It is important to feed and water them regularly for best fruit production, though heavy watering can cause mature fruits to crack on the vine. Blossom end rot is a common fruit defect caused by a deficiency in the essential micro-nutrient calcium, which is another reason to feed your plants well!

Bred for its excellent disease resistance, ‘Better Boy’ will reliably produce abundant slicing tomatoes throughout the growing season.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3'-9' / 0.9m - 2.7m (5)

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m (3)

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Mexico, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes