Free Bee & Butterfly Flower Garden packet with purchase of 3 seed packets!
Free Bee & Butterfly Flower Garden packet with purchase of 3 seed packets! Must purchase three packets of seeds to quality. Cannot be applied to previously purchased orders. Limited time only. While supplies last.
Our classic Big Boy has been made better, especially for small-space gardeners.
A better Big Boy? You get the same number of tasty, big red tomatoes (10 to 11 oz. each) with the same sweet, aromatic, melt-in-your-mouth juiciness as the original. But the compact plants are only half the size! Disease-resistant, easy to grow and ideal for short stakes, cages and tubs.
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This refers to the relative season when the plant produces fruit, or if it bears continuously or just once
Days To Maturity
The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.
The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.
The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
Start Indoors Fall
Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
Start Outdoors Fall
Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
First Date: Mar-07 - Last Date: Mar-21
First Date: May-02 - Last Date: May-30
How to Sow and Plant
Sow tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula
Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.
Planting in the Garden:
Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
Tomatoes should be set 30-48 inches apart in a row with the rows spaced 3-4 feet apart. It can be tempting to space tomatoes more closely at planting time, but if you plant too closely you will increase the chance of disease, and decrease yields.
Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
Tomatoes can be planted deeply, with the stem buried to the first set of leaves. The more deeply they are planted the more roots will form, providing the plant with additional support and better ability to take up nutrients. Some gardeners plant tomatoes by digging a horizontal trench and laying the plant in the trench with the top 2-4 inches of the plant pointing upward.
Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.
Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
Place your plant support at this time. You can try tomato cages or staking. Unsupported plants will sprawl on the ground, require no pruning, and will probably produce a larger yield of smaller fruit than will staked plants. For larger, cleaner, more perfect fruits, support plants as they grow. Growing on stakes: Place strong stakes in the ground and set plants about 6 inches from the stakes. Growing in cages: Place a cage around a single plant; let the vines grow and enlarge within the cage, no pruning will be necessary
How to Grow
Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for tomatoes as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
If growing on stakes: As the plants grow, allow only one or two main stems to grow and pinch out any other side shoots as they form. Gently tie the one or two remaining shoots to the stake; don't pull them tightly against the stake. If growing in cages, no pruning is necessary.
Whether to remove the side shoots, or suckers, that grow out of the leaf axils or not depends on the support system used. Gardeners using stakes usually snap off these side shoots. They typically get earlier and larger tomatoes but overall production tends to be less. If tomatoes are grown in cages, the suckers are generally left on, although it's a good idea to pinch the tip out of them when they are 6-8 inches long. Regardless you may want to remove all the growth from the bottom 6-10 inches of the plant. This helps to improve air circulation and reduce the spread of diseases such as early blight. Wait until the plants are knee-high. In the morning when the plants have the most water in them, snap off the lower growth while it is small. Any plants that look sick with distorted foliage or have a mosaic pattern on the leaves should be removed as they may have a virus that can spread to the other plants. It is best to do this early in the season.
Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvesting and Preserving Tips
Determinate tomato plants ripen a heavy crop over a few weeks. Indeterminate varieties bear fruit continuously until frost. Remember that the days to harvest refers to the time from setting out transplants in the garden.
Pick tomatoes when they are as ripe as possible. They should be fully colored and firm and picked regularly to avoid overloading plants.
At the end of the season, when you know there will be a frost, pick all the almost-ripe tomatoes you can, and ripen them in brown bags or spread on newspapers at room temperature. Many cultivars will store for months. Store only sound fruit, at 50-60°F. Do NOT refrigerate and try to avoid having the fruit touch each other.
The foliage of tomatoes is toxic and should not be eaten.
Tomato fruits are enjoyed in many cooked dishes as a flavoring. Use them to make soups, sauces, stews, ketchup, paste, juice, quiche, and pies. Add them to curries, casseroles, and chutney.
Days To Maturity
6-8 weeks BLF
Tomato, Bush Big Boy Hybrid is rated
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Rated 5 out of
Big Tomatoes, That Taste GreatI have grown this variety for the few years. I buy the plants instead of the seeds. Easy to transplant, and they produce a large crop of big tomatoes. I plant them in self watering planters, and they do great.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of
Sweet as sugarI came back to Burpee after a few years of searching for the right tomato. Bought this one and have had the best harvest in years. I'm sold on Burpee and they will provide all my seeds from now on.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of
WowI grew six different varieties of tomato this year, four new varieties and two I have grown in the past. Of all of the tomatoes I planted this year, Bush Big Boy is the best. Loads of huge delicious tomatoes.
I planted two of this variety from seed and transplanted them into 18 gallon self watering containers in mid April and harvested my first tomato in late July. One is growing in all day sun and the other gets about 5 1/2 hours of sun a day. We had a hot spell and it was tough on the plants (three different varieties, including this one) grown in all day sun--many tomatoes got blossom end rot. The tomato plant that receives 5 1/2 hours of sun a day had no blossom end rot problems during the heat wave or after.
I will definitely be planting Bush Big Boy again next year, it's a keeper.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5 out of
Big tomatoes!I have 8 or 9 tomatoes at one time growing on this plant! This variety is a definite keeper. Got accustomed to small tomatoes off "Bush" variety of plants but this one is as large as off a full sized plant. I've read some of the reviews and people need to put lime in their soil so they won't have blossom end rot. They also need to plant these smaller variety of tomatoes in a large pot...a five gallon at least. My rule of thumb is the bigger the pot....the bigger the crop of tomatoes you get. I gave some widows at my church a plant and they all are so excited. You would think I had given them a million dollars. Seniors like being successful at growing tomatoes.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 5 out of
Early and top producerBest determinate I can find. Big plant with lots of cover. Worried that Burpee might discontinue so I bought a 20 year supply and put them in the refrigerator. Great for burgers but I love to cut into 8ths and put a scoop of cottage cheese.
When I grew them for a fall garden, they produced BEFORE early girl.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 2 out of
Disappointing Tomato Plantlost almost 3/4 of fruit to blossom end rot. It and its container companion (lost 2/3 of fruit) were the only 2 affected of 11 different varieties grown under identical conditions. I will give it another chance next year as the few surviving tomatoes are big and tempting: I'm STILL waiting for them to ripen!!! Good thing I have 9 other plants to supply tomatoes for my 'mater sandwiches while I wait!!!
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 1 out of
Small boy tomatoStarted seeds 7 weeks ago and they almost all grew but only grew about 2 inches tall and that's where they are today. Early Girls and Gurney girls that I started are all 8 inches tall by now. All were planted in miracle grow potting soil. All got the same watering, same sunlight, same everything. Now it's time to plant. What do I do with these? Guess I'll have to go buy plants somewhere to replace these. Very, very, very disgusted with these plants. Never again will I try these.
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 5 out of
Delicious TomatoI grew 2 plants this year, and both produced a large quantity of tomatoes. Most were bigger than the palm of my hand. Loved them so much, that I have already preordered double the quantity for this year. Looking forward to another wonderful, delicious crop of tomatoes.