Better Bush Hybrid Tomato Seeds

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Indeterminate vines have short nodes for even bigger yields

Days to Maturity: 68 from transplant

ISI (indeterminate short-internodes). If you're looking for an old-fashioned-flavored tomato with the juiciness and distinctive "tang" you remember from vine-fresh tomatoes of the past, Better Bush hybrid is the best choice. These big, luscious, 4-inch fruits grow very densely on indeterminate 4-foot plants, thanks to shorter internodes. The central stem rarely needs staking (except during those "bumper crop" times), and this plant begins early in the season and just keeps going. Available only here at Park, this is a superbly garden-worthy variety with great yields of ultra-satisfying fruits. Resistant to verticillium wilt and Fusarium wilt race 1.

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 Bush Improved Hybrid
Tomato Fruit Set Indeterminate
Days to Maturity 68
Fruit Color Red
Habit Upright
Additional Characteristics Edible
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Fusarium Wilt Race 1, Verticillium Wilt
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Containers, Cuisine, Outdoor

Product Review Summary

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

Customer Reviews

February 18, 2022

I Love This Tomato

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Over the years my garden keeps getting, physically, larger. Primarily due to tomato and pepper goals. Giant sweet peppers and the search for the ultimate tomato. I changed my focus to heirloom plants 2 years ago but in that years quest I picked up the Better Bush from Park. As the season progressed, some new varieties (to me) disappointed and others excelled. I usually start with a selection of 75 plants over many varieties but typically I have sometimes had as many as 150. Two years ago there were two plants that were small, but they were pretty, the leaves hid the fruit and the fruit was impressive. These two were the Better Bush. Last year I got a very late start to my garden. In over 50 years I lost the entire garden due to extreme heat that began in the first days of June here in South Idaho. I was late getting my plants in the ground and lost the entire garden, everything, except I grabbed 10 small Better Bush that were still on my germination table and mid July stuck them in the ground. It took until early October but they all grew, produced stunningly shaped tomatoes as well as medium large in size. To end a season first disaster these plants were heros for being so short, compact and productive. Huge stems that supported the yield without staking. This coming year, as I plan for the initial 75 I am making 10 Better Bush as my go to plants. Whatever the others do will be the fun part of gardening but these things are tremendous. I may add a few in containers as well as they would be perfect. The only problem is they are not heirloom but still, one of the nicest looking plants and the fruits are spectacular in color and shape. They grow invisibly as the leaves cover the tomatoes from the sun. You have to dig deep to see what is growing but it will be a great surprise. I am trying other additional bush type this year but I bought additional packs from Park as well. Nothing warps me out more than to have a seed company not offer a seed that I have grown fond of. So for a few years if worse comes to worse I will have Better Bush.

Rev Idaho Spud from ID
September 25, 2018

One of the best tomatoes out there

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

An extremely reliable tomato. I've grown them for 10 out if the last 12 summers, in GA, TN, CO and NM. Very easy and fast to start from seed. The fruits are a nice size with excellent flavor. Versatile enough for sauce, slicing, or salsa. This year, plants breezed through brutal heat and drought, although production suffered. I normally get huge harvests up until frost, at which time I pick the green tomatoes, several dozen per plant, and let them ripen indoors in a cool place. If I had to grow only one tomato variety, this would be it.

Andrew from NM
May 19, 2018

Thick Vined and Hardy!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Oi! These guys are massively stemmed for their small stature and their leaves haven't blackened like my other tomoates did every spring here in TN. Will always buy from Parkseed... all the veggie plants I have gotten from them have performed magnificently.

Shelby from TN
September 08, 2013

Excellent tomato plant - LOVE IT!!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I started from seed and the little seedlings were nothing like I've ever seen before - very strong and bushy after 6 weeks even though they were only 4 inches tall! Set 18 plants in the ground mid-May and had first tomatoes the end of July as promised. Second crop started coming in the 2nd week of August and they are still producing in abundance. Large fruit and very sweet. Will buy these seeds again next year! The only drawback is that THEY HAVE TO BE STAKED. When I plant them next year, they will be staked from the beginning. Even though they are only 4 ft. tall, they started falling over when they were 2 ft. tall. Very hard to stake at that point they are so top heavy.

Linda from MD
January 10, 2012

A good all around tomato plant

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I have been planting better bush for 5-10 plus years. They have been a dependable fairly compact plant. The tomatoes have a good acidic/sweet flavor. We usually plant around 35-40 plants in tomatoes cages in a 35 foot square garden space and get around 200 plus quarts of whole tomatoes and another 60 for salsa each year, and this does not include all the fresh tomatoes we eat. Our neighbors also love the flavor of these tomatoes. We have tomatoes producing from these plants from July to November.

R Alex from UT

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