The Tomato ‘Better Boy’ Plant
This blog entry is dedicated to one of the most beloved tomatoes, the Better Boy. This plant bears round, heavy fruit with deep red color, a dense and meaty texture, and enough flavor to make your taste buds dance.
Tomato plants fall into one of two categories: determinate and indeterminate. A determinate plants quit growing in height when they form a flower cluster at their terminal growing point and they produce their fruit all at once. They are preferred by people who preserve tomatoes through canning or cooking and freezing, so they can do the preparation all at once. Indeterminate plants, which is what Better Boys are, keep growing throughout the season, and they produce fruit that matures all season long. These varieties are better for families who wish to enjoy fresh garden produce for as long a growing season as possible.
Tomato plants do best in full sun locations and they like heat. For the healthiest plants, keep the soil uniformly moist, and use a good organic compost and mulch to amend your garden soil. Better Boy tomato plants aren’t finicky and should produce an abundant harvest with minimal attention. Several tomato cage and stake products are available to help keep your plant upright (and not weighted down by the mature fruit) and to provide good air circulation to keep your foliage healthy. Since Better Boy tomatoes will continue growing taller through the season, make sure you provide some form of support! Harvesting begins 72 days from planting. Better Boy tomatoes are generally free of cracking and other deformities and irregularities. They are resistant to verticillium and fusarium wilt, diseases not uncommon to many varieties.
In the kitchen, Better Boy tomatoes are multi-purpose and very popular. Fresh off the vine, this variety is ideal for slicing and eating raw on salads and sandwiches, or stuffed with bread crumbs and seafood and broiled. They can be sauteed, grilled, stewed or served on toast points with melted fresh mozzarella and basil. Don’t forget the salt and pepper!
Better Boys weigh up to 12-ounces and make delectable slicing tomatoes. Better Boy tomato plants produce fruit with health benefits common to all tomatoes, including their high lycopene content (an antioxidant and cancer preventive), as well as vitamin C, potassium, fiber and beta carotenewhich converts in the body to vitamin A.