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.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Annual – Edible
Green, Dark Green
Select a site with full sun and well-drained soil. In very hot climates, light afternoon shade may help prevent blossom drop. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.
If you don’t purchase plants, start seeds indoors in flats or pots 6 to 7 weeks before the average last frost date, and set out transplants when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is past. Set up trellises, cages, or stakes at planting time. Dig planting holes 18 to 24 inches apart if you plan to stake or trellis the crops, 36 to 48 inches apart if the plants aren’t trained. Pinch off two or three of the lower branches on the transplant and set the root ball of the plant well into the hole until the remaining lowest leaves are just above the soil surface. The plant will form additional roots along the buried stem. Water generously and keep the plants well watered for a few days.
Provide an even supply of water all season. If staking or trellising, prune suckers to allow one or two central stems to grow on staked plants, two or three central stems for trellis systems. Apply a thick layer of organic mulch 4 or 5 weeks after transplanting. Contact your local County Extension office for controls of common tomato insect pests such as tomato hornworms and whiteflies.
Pick fruits when they are firm, full size, and fully colored. Tomatoes will ripen when harvested at their green mature stage, but flavor will not be as good. Harvest all except the greenest fruits before a killing frost, and take them indoors at 60° to 65°F to ripen. You can also harvest green tomatoes for pickling and frying.
Asparagus, carrot, celery, cucumber, onion, parsley, pepper. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes, improves growth and flavor. Bee balm, chives and mint improve health and flavor. Borage deters tomato worm, improves growth and flavor. Dill, until mature, improves growth and health. Once mature, it stunts tomato growth. Marigold deters nematodes. Pot marigold deters tomato worm and general garden pests.