How to Grow Better Boy Tomato Plants


Producing vibrant, juicy, red tomatoes that can weigh up to one pound each, the Better Boy tomato plant is commonly found in many gardens across the United States. Holding a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, the Better Boy tomato plant has been known to produce up to 342 pounds of fruit from one plant. By following a few pointers, you can successfully grow and care for a Better Boy tomato plant in your own garden.

Step 1

Fill the bottom of a 2- to 4-gallon planting container with small gravel around 3 inches deep.

Step 2

Fill the rest of the planting container with a potting soil (of your choice) and peat moss mixture. The mixture should include half potting soil and half peat moss. Fill with the mixture within 3 inches of the rim of the planting container.

Step 3

Sow the Better Boy tomato plant seeds in the container prepared with the potting mixture. The seeds should be sown 3 inches apart in a circle pattern around the container. This will allow for proper growth until time to transplant into the garden or separate containers.

Step 4

Water the planted seeds until soil is damp to the touch. Do not over water. Place the container in a warm sunny area that maintains a day time temperature of around 70 degrees.

Step 5

Transplant the seedlings after they have reached a height of around 6 to 8 inches. The seedlings should be transplanted into separate containers; one plant per container. If the plants will be grown in your garden, plant the seedlings in a sunny to partial shaded area approximately 1 to 2 feet apart, for proper growth.

Step 6

Stake each plant with a wooden dowel rod approximately 3 feet in height. The stake should be placed 2 to 3 inches behind each seedling. Loosly tie the seedling to the stake with silk string to allow proper support.

Step 7

Water the better boy tomato plants regularly depending upon the amount of rain you receive in your area. The soil should always remain damp to the touch. A water soluble fertilizer should be added every three watering sessions to each plant, to ensure the plant is receiving proper nutrients.

Things You'll Need

  • 2- to 4- Gallon planting containers
  • Small gravel
  • Better Boy tomato seeds
  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss
  • 3-foot long wooden dowels
  • Silk string
  • Water
  • Water soluble fertilizer


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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.