Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Hybrid
Skin Color: Red
Flesh Color: Red
Fruit Shape: Flattened Globe
Fruit Size: Large
Fruit Weight: 16 oz.
Tomato Plant Height: 5 feet
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Mid-season
Disease Resistance: Fusarium Wilt 1
Verticillium Wilt
Comments by NJ Ag Exp St.: Similar to 'Big Boy' with additional disease resistance

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.

Common names
  • Tomato
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Solanum lycopersicum
  • Synonym: Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Also sold as:
  • Better Boy F1

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  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Sep 27, 2011 10:41 PM concerning plant:
    This is a determinate plant, which will stay a little more compact. Fruits tend to ripen all at once, which is good for canning. Just a good, basic tomato.
  • Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on Mar 7, 2014 12:11 PM concerning plant:
    Better Boy has been a staple for home gardeners. TSWV has curtailed its use in this area as it is susceptible. Larger, nicer round red than Celebrity.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 5, 2013 3:07 PM concerning plant:
    I grow some plants of Better Boy each year and will continue to do so. Just a great all around red tomato with excellent taste. Easy to find, as every nursery and the Big Box Stores all have seedlings in the spring.
  • Posted by Trish (Jacksonville, TX - Zone 8a) on May 12, 2022 6:50 AM concerning plant:
    (75 days) This strong indeterminate tomato is a productive, disease-resistant variety that produces 1-pound red fruits.
Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On April 1, 2015 Seeds germinated
dragonfetti On March 9, 2015 Seeds sown
Half of tray B
dragonfetti On February 1, 2015 Seeds germinated
16 seeds in 8 jiffy pots.
dragonfetti On January 29, 2015 Seeds sown
Ferry-Morse seeds in Miracle Grow seed starter mix.
antsinmypants On May 13, 2022 Transplanted
Into Garden Two
antsinmypants On March 14, 2022 Plant emerged
2 seedlings emerged.
antsinmypants On March 10, 2022 Seeds sown
Indoors under lights on heat mat.

1c 4 seeds.
aspenhill On April 30, 2016 Obtained plant
Lurgan Greenhouse - qty 2
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