How to Care for Better Boy Tomato Plants

Overview

With their resistance to some common tomato threats like wilt and nematodes, Better Boy tomatoes are a popular choice among gardeners. After planting in good soil, the tomatoes require minimal, but specific, care. The hefty, bright red fruit can weigh up to 1 lb. each. With the proper attention, a good crop of Better Boy tomatoes just may be among your summer fruit selection.

Step 1

Water Better Boy tomatoes properly. Supply a tomato plant with two quarts of water each day until fruit forms. Give more water to tomato plants that are bearing fruit, about two to four quarts for each plant daily.

Step 2

Fertilize the Better Boy plant. Apply the first feeding of fertilizer when the first crop of tomatoes is about one-third grown. Use a fertilizer that is rich in nitrogen. Use a trowel or hand shovel to carefully mix the fertilizer into the top 3 to 5 inches of the soil. Water the tomato plant thoroughly after a feeding.

Step 3

Mulch around the Better Boy tomato plants. Use a small shovel to apply a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch around the base of the tomato plant. Use grass clippings, hay, compost or plastic. Mulch will help to keep weeds from developing around the tomato plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • When fertilizing a tomato plant, be careful not to get fertilizer onto the foliage.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Trowel or hand shovel
  • Mulch

References

  • Growing Tomatoes for Home Use
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About this Author

Stephanie D. Green is a freelance writer with over 10 years of experience. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and enjoys writing parenting, gardening and human interest articles. Her work has been published in lifestyle and trade publications including Draft Magazine and Savannah Magazine.