Better Boy Hybrid Tomato Seeds

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Big yields of big fruits—the classic favorite

Days to Maturity: 70 from transplant


Better Boy holds a Guinness Book of World Records championship for yields (nearly 350 pounds of tomatoes from a single plant over a single season), but that's not even the best reason to grow this classic favorite. Superior disease resistance, unbeatable flavor, and wide adaptation to climates and conditions all make this beefsteak the undisputed champ.

A trusted favorite for many years, Better Boy is a great performer with big hybrid-quality yields of succulent, juicy yet meaty tomatoes averaging about a pound a piece. A good all-around choice, the plants are resistant to verticillium wilt, Fusarium wilt race 1, nematodes, alternaria, and gray leaf spot. You just can't top that.

Expect these bright red, rounded fruits to start quickly and continue strong all season long. The minimum size is about 10 ounces, and some will get much larger. Better Boy never disappoints.

Better Boy continues to be the tomato of choice for many home gardeners, who love the flavor, appreciate the big yields, and rely on the superior disease resistance to grow a successful crop every time. You can always trust Better Boy.

Start seeds indoors 5 to 6 weeks before the last frost date. Plant outdoors when danger of frost is past and night temperatures consistently remain above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If an unexpected late frost is forecasted, protect young plants with plastic sheeting or other cover. Set plants 2 to 2½ feet apart.


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Genus Lycopersicon
Species esculentum
Variety Better Boy Hybrid
Tomato Fruit Set Indeterminate
Days To Maturity 70
Fruit Color Red
Habit Vining
Additional Characteristics Edible, Trellises
Harvest Season Early Fall, Early Summer, Late Summer, Mid Summer
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Alternaria Alternata (Crown Wilt), Bacterial Leaf Spot, Disease Resistant, Fusarium Wilt Race 1, Heat Tolerant, Root-Knot Nematodes, Stemphylium (Gray Leaf Spot), Verticillium Wilt
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Cuisine, Outdoor

Product Review Summary

Based on 5 reviews
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

December 22, 2016

Believe the Record 342 lbs per plant

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Better Boy seedlings have a healthy bluish green colored foliage, and an extremely fast growing root system which seems to fill a larger pot within days. As the plants grow, the stems grow fast and need to be limited (pruned) and separated so each has its own air and light supply. I helped a plant yield over 100 lbs with no commercial fertilizer, just good, well rotted and balanced compost at planting time and some coffee grounds as the summer progressed. Watch a you tube video with the header Charles Wilbur for some tips from the champion world record grower who says Better Boy seeds are the best. Let 18 stems grow per plant, supported by concrete reinforcement mesh. Have fun growing some amazing 10' tall plants which yield oodles of medium sized, sweet and tangy fruits. It is not difficult to achieve with Better Boy.

R. Herbert from OH
November 24, 2016

Record 342 lbs per plant is believable

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I used Charles Wilbur's technique (look him up on youtube) and my plants yielded over 100 lbs per plant. Plenty of compost, covering the soil with straw, using 6" concrete reinforcement mesh hoops, limiting the plants to 18 shoots (meristems), and keeping them properly watered made for a stellar season. Tomatoes from June till November. Charles says Better Boy seeds were used to set the record.

Robert H. from OH
December 27, 2013


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

First time we grew BB in 2012 wasn't a good season for tomatoes. Spring of 2013 was way better and got a terrific constant supply of fruit. It is now the last week in December 2013 and have 10 BB fruit on the vine with a lot of new blossoms in spite of a frosty week a couple weeks ago. I only plant heirlooms but BB hybrid is a must in our garden EVERY year! Our Mortgage Lifter produces heavily alongside BB but BB is still alive and producing in December!

Sylvester017 from CA
May 07, 2013


This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

Last year was a bad weather season for all my tomatoes. This spring has been better weather. I bought a sturdier larger Better Boy seedling and in LESS than 2 months it has outgrown Mortgage Lifter and already has lots of full-sized fruit waiting to turn pink when I like to pick them and ripen indoors on my counter. BB grows so fast I have to sucker and prune vines EVERY week or it will quickly take over the entire garden bed. It is greedy for space so it has to be trimmed often. I like heirloom tomatoes but BB is the only hybrid I use because its fruit is so pretty though average in taste IMO. Mortgage Lifter is still not showing any fruit whereas BB is loaded. I use OMRI organic tomato food and spray apple juice on the tomato blossoms to set and keep them from falling off.

Sylvester017 from CA
November 09, 2012

Average Yield and Average Taste

This shopper rated the product 3 out of 5 stars

Better Boy was planted from a purchased seedling. We had a lousy season--rainy sunless planting season, humid heatwave in growing season, and an early rainy harvest season. The heatwave halted most of our tomato fruit yield except for Mortgage Lifter and occasionally a fruit from Better Boy but as it got hotter, BB fruit got fewer and smaller fruit. Will try again next season with BB and mineralize and fertilize heavier.

Sylvester017 from CA

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