If you are planning on growing large, round, juicy Better Boy tomatoes in\nyour garden this year, you might be wondering how big the plants and fruit will\nget. That way, you can plan the number of plants and the amount of space\nyou will need for your crop of Better Boy tomatoes.\n\n\n\nSo, how big do Better Boy tomatoes get? Better Boy tomato plants grow to a height of 5 to 8 feet (1.5 to 2.4 meters) tall and 18 inches (46 centimeters) wide, and produce fruit that weighs 12 to 16 ounces (340 to 455 grams). \n\n\n\nOf course, the quality of your fruit (if you get any at all!) depends on the\ncare that you give your tomato plants. Let\u2019s take a closer look at Better\nBoy tomatoes, including size, growing conditions, and time to maturity.\n\n\n\nHow Big Do Better Boy Tomatoes Get?\n\n\n\nThe fruit of a Better Boy tomato plant will grow large and globe-shaped, to\na size of 12 to 16 ounces (340 to 455 grams). The Better Boy variety is\nconsidered a \u201cslicer\u201d tomato, making it perfect for snacks or salads.\n\n\n\nGiven a little time to ripen, this Better Boy tomato will be great for slicing into salads or for a snack. Image from: https:\/\/commons.wikimedia.org\/wiki\/File:Lycopersicon_lycopersicum_Better_Boy_4zz.jpg\n\n\n\nIn fact, Better Boy tomatoes are large enough that a single slice could cover an entire slice of bread for a sandwich! For more information, check out this information on Better Boy tomatoes from the Bonnie plants website.\n\n\n\nA Better Boy tomato plant is indeterminate, meaning that it will continue to\ngrow and produce throughout the season until it dies from frost or a lack of\nnutrients and water. A Better Boy plant\nwill grow to a height of 5 to 8 feet (1.5 to 2.4 meters) tall, with a width of\n18 inches (46 centimeters).\n\n\n\nThe height of Better Boy and other indeterminate tomato varieties makes it essential to support them with stakes or trellises. For more information, check out my article on supporting tomato plants and my article on trellises.\n\n\n\nAre Better Boy Tomatoes Determinate Or Indeterminate?\n\n\n\nBetter Boy tomatoes are indeterminate, meaning that their maximum height is\nnot predetermined by their genetics. They will continue to grow taller\nthroughout the season until something kills them, such as a frost or a lack of\nwater and nutrients.\n\n\n\nBetter Boy tomatoes are indeterminate, and the plants will keep growing until frost kills them.\n\n\n\nCompare this to determinate tomato varieties, which achieve a certain\npredetermined height and then stop growing and producing. If you are looking to grow tomatoes in a\ncontainer indoors, Better Boy and other indeterminate varieties will grow too\ntall for your purposes.\n\n\n\nBetter Boy tomatoes are resistant to common tomato pests and diseases, such\nas root knot nematodes, verticillium wilt, and fusarium wilt.\n\n\n\nYou can also check out this article on Better Boy tomatoes from Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nHow Long Does It Take Better Boy Tomatoes To Grow And Ripen?\n\n\n\nAfter transplanting into your garden, a Better Boy tomato plant will take\nbetween 70 and 75 days to ripen. If you start a Better Boy tomato from\nseed, it will take about 25 days longer to see mature, ripe fruit on the vine\n(for a total of 95 to 100 days from seed to ripe fruit).\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on when tomato plants produce fruit.\n\n\n\nBetter Boy tomatoes are extremely prolific. Being indeterminate, they\nwill keep producing fruit throughout the season. As a result, you can end\nup with dozens of tomatoes per plant in a growing season!\n\n\n\nSince Better Boy tomatoes are a hybrid variety, it is not always feasible to\nsave the seeds and plant them the following year. Unlike heirloom tomato\nvarieties, hybrid tomato varieties will not always \u201cgrow true to type\u201d.\n\n\n\nBetter Boy is a hybrid tomato variety, meaning that its seeds may not always grow true to type if you plant them.\n\n\n\nThis means that the seeds will not always grow into plants that are similar\nto the parent plant. The seeds from hybrid plants may not look anything\nlike the parent plant, and may end up being sterile, unable to produce any\nfruit.\n\n\n\nIf they do produce fruit, it may have poor flavor or quality. For more information, check out my article on heirloom seeds and my article on hybrid seeds.\n\n\n\nAre Better Boy Tomatoes Hard To Grow?\n\n\n\nBetter Boy tomatoes are not too difficult to grow, since they have been bred\nfor disease resistance and reasonably fast growth. They do require full\nsun, so a shady location will not work for Better Boy tomatoes.\n\n\n\nBetter Boy tomatoes need full sun, so don't put them near a house, garage, shed, or treeline!\n\n\n\nAlso, the fruit matures in 70 to 75 days, which is in the middle of the road\nas far as time to maturity for tomato plants.\n\n\n\nRemember that every day on the vine is another chance for diseases, such as\nblight, to infect your tomato plants. So, a faster time to maturity means\nthat your plants are not exposed to these problems as long as other tomato\nvarieties.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on tomato blight.\n\n\n\nOf course, there are other factors to consider when deciding whether to grow\nBetter Boy tomato plants. The quality of care that you give your tomato\nplants will help to determine how much fruit you get each year. Some of\nthe most important factors are temperature, watering, fertilizing, and pruning.\n\n\n\nTemperature For Better Boy Tomatoes\n\n\n\nEarly fall frosts or late spring frosts can spell death for your Better Boy tomato\nplants. The threat is increased if you live in an area with a short\ngrowing season.\n\n\n\nBetter Boy tomato plants may stop producing if temperatures drop below 55\ndegrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). However, if temperatures drop to\n32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) or lower, your Better Boy tomato\nplants may die.\n\n\n\nIf nothing else, cold temperatures can make the fruit mushy and flavorless,\nwhich is why it is recommended that you not store tomatoes in the refrigerator!\n\n\n\nThere are some ways to protect your plants from frost, including the use of row covers. For more information, check out my article on protecting your tomato plants from cold and frost.\n\n\n\nOn the other extreme, your tomato plants may stop producing fruit if daytime\ntemperatures are over 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). In\naddition, the hot, sticky days of summer can prevent proper pollination due to\nexcessive humidity.\n\n\n\nUnfortunately, there is not much you can do about high temperatures or\nhumidity levels. Just be sure to insulate your tomato plants by putting a\nlayer of mulch or compost over the topsoil around them.\n\n\n\nIf you encounter problems with pollination, check out my article on how to pollinate tomato plants by hand.\n\n\n\nWatering For Better Boy Tomatoes\n\n\n\nAvoid letting the soil stay dry for too long, since uneven watering can lead to blossom end rot in tomatoes. If you find that you have a problem with dry soil, check out my article on how to treat dry soil.\n\n\n\nOn the other hand, over watering your Better Boy tomato plants (or any\nplants for that matter) can lead to root rot and eventual death. The best\nway to decide when to water is to feel the soil with your fingers.\n\n\n\nMake sure not to over water or under water your Better Boy tomatoes!\n\n\n\nIf the soil feels dry 2 or 3 inches below the surface, then go ahead and water. For more information, check out my article on over watering your plants.\n\n\n\nTry to water early in the morning, rather than at night, to allow water to\nsoak into the soil. Avoid getting the leaves wet to prevent rot, mold,\nand diseases.\n\n\n\nFertilizing For Better Boy Tomatoes\n\n\n\nBefore you plant tomato seeds or transplants in your garden, add some\ncompost to your soil. It will provide organic material and nutrients for\nyour plants as they grow. The best part is that you can make compost\nyourself from ordinary yard and kitchen waste!\n\n\n\nCompost is a great way to add organic material and nutrients to your soil.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on how to make your own compost.\n\n\n\nIt may be necessary to use fertilizers as a supplement to compost, in order\nto provide extra nutrients if your soil is lacking. The best way to tell if you\nneed fertilizer is with a soil test.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on soil testing.\n\n\n\nThe soil pH should be between 6.2 and 6.8 \u2013 a soil test will also indicate\nthe pH of your soil.\n\n\n\nFinally, remember that it is possible to harm or kill your tomato plants by\nover fertilizing them. For example, too much nitrogen can prevent your\ntomato plant from producing any fruit.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out my article on over fertilizing and my article on low-nitrogen fertilizers.\n\n\n\nYou can also check out this information on Better Boy tomatoes from the Burpee website.\n\n\n\nPruning For Better Boy Tomatoes\n\n\n\nMany gardeners choose to prune off the suckers, or side shoots, of tomato\nplants as they grow. The result is fewer, but larger, fruits on the vine.\n\n\n\nPruning away the lower leaves and branches of the tomato plant can also help\nto prevent the spread of disease in your garden. When you remove the\nlower leaves and branches, there is less chance of dirt splashing up onto\nleaves due to rain or watering.\n\n\n\nBetter Boy tomato plants are already large, and tend to produce more fruit\nthan other tomato varieties. For this reason, you may want to prune\ncarefully. This will avoid branches that are overloaded with fruit, which\ncan lead to breakage.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on pruning tomatoes from the University of New Hampshire Extension.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nBy now, you have a much better idea of how big Better Boy tomatoes get, in\nterms of both the fruit on the vine and the plant itself. You also know a\nbit more about the care that is necessary to ensure a healthy crop of Better\nBoy tomatoes in this year\u2019s garden.\n\n\n\nI hope you found this article helpful \u2013 if so, please share it with someone else who can use the information. If you have any questions or advice about Better Boy tomatoes, please leave a comment below.\n\n\n\n\nIf you want to grow the best tomatoes every year, check out my article on common mistakes to avoid when growing tomatoes.