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Tomato, Health Kick Hybrid

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Packed full of flavor and lycopene.

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A breakthrough in breeding, this tomato is actually healthier for you than others you can grow or buy. Packed with the 50% more of the beneficial antioxidant lycopene, this prolific saladette produces a bountiful crop of 4 oz., sweet red fruits. The harvest of this determinant type tomato is ready about 75 days after setting plants out in the garden. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Grow in full sun, where plants receive a minimum of 6-8 hours of direct sun a day.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


Fruit Bearing 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.

75 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

4 ounces

Sun 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.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18 inches

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  • Tomatoes

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors 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 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 Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors 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.
Fruit Bearing
Days To Maturity
75 days
Fruit Weight
4 ounces
Full Sun
18 inches
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
6 inches
Tomato, Health Kick Hybrid is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this tomato is wonderful and delightful to grow This tomato stands up to our 100+ degrees and keeps preforming. This tomato is very large and meaty and is ideal for making BBQ sauce, pasta sauce, marinara sauce and is excellent just cut up into a salad as it does not have a lot of juice, just big tomato flavor.
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful flavor! These tomatoes were not only great in salads but made outstanding sauce for the freezer. I loved coming in from the garden and enjoying pasta with fresh sauce for dinner made from these sweet flavorful tomatoes. Just outstanding!!
Date published: 2011-02-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Maybe Though in past years, prior to 2010 I very much liked these...productive, made great sun dried tomatoes and sauces. In 2010 I ordered plants, 12 in all. 10 were dead upon delivery, the other 2 were sickly and did not produce very well. .I had to buy local as I did not want to risk it.
Date published: 2011-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good producer, will plant again Strong, hardy grower with good yield. Remaining harvest was canned as a roasted tomato sauce we enjoyed throughout the winter.
Date published: 2010-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Productive but Bland Flavor Like others have said in their reviews, this was a very productive variety. The fruit was attractive looking and the plants grew well, but they were very bland tasting when eaten fresh or in salsa. Hopefully we will see a Health Kick II some day with the extra lycopene that tastes better.
Date published: 2009-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loads of Large, Meaty Tomatoes Plants did very well with the WOWs around them, beating 2 or 3, 20 degree frosts in the area. We have loads of tomatoes ripening, all of them quite large. Have harvested a couple for fresh eating, and they have a good flavor. Haven't had any problems with disease in these tomatoes, but one other variety is looking rather icky. We really like the extra lycopene packed in these beauties. Our homemade ketchup and tomato soup will be healthier than ever.
Date published: 2009-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong sprouter I still only have sprouted seeds, but these things seem like they will be strong growers. Started indoors in the Burpee Ultimate Growing System and by day 5 there were already 2 of these sprouted. Granted, I'm new to indoor seed starting, but that seems pretty quick. The next day I had 5 sprouted. I hope they continue to grow as virgorously as they have so far and provide some tasty, extra nutritious tomatoes.
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Choice The Health Kick tomatoes germinate easily and provide a hearty crop through the summer. My wife likes the way the taste, and I like the health benefits for men! :)
Date published: 2009-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sauce Tomato I have purchased Health Kick plants from Burpee for the past couple of years and these are wonderful sauce tomatoes. I have gotten between 45 and 95 tomatoes from each plant. Since they are determinant, there are usually two major "harvests" in mid- to late-August and some lingering into September in my Zone 6 area. They are very meaty, large and fairly sweet. I have had the best success with fast-roasting seeded tomato halves with olive oil and garlic, removing the peel and pureeing. The photo is one of my tomatoes from 2008--it weighed over 13 oz!
Date published: 2009-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Terrific productivity, not such great flavor After growing Burpee Big Boy tomatoes for the past several years, I decided to try Health Kick for a change. While they produced from late summer until frost in enormous numbers, I have to admit I really didn't care for the flavor as much as the Burpee Big Boy tomatoes. I probably won't grow these again for that reason.
Date published: 2008-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent tomatoes I bought these plants last year. We had an abundance of excellent, firm, smooth, juicy tomatoes in spite of our hot, dry summer. There were still blossoms and young fruit when I pulled the plants in October. These are the only sauce-type tomato I will grow in the future. My only complaint was that I had way more tomatoes than I and my neighbors could possibly use!
Date published: 2008-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tomatoes and SO MANY! I bought these plants as seedlings from a local garden center last year. The fruit came on very early (long before my Big Boy Hybrids) and lasted all the way PAST frost. Each day I would pick 5-10 tomatoes! The flavor was a tiny bit acidic, but still excellent, despite their "roma" size, I even cut them up for sandwiches. I'd grow them again in a second.
Date published: 2008-02-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tomato Out of one package of seed I planted last year, I had 4 driffrent type of tomatoes growing. The plants themselves were terrible, the fruit was alwful from these seeds.
Date published: 2008-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good choice ! this was one of the plants in the grouping of tomatoes we purchased. The plant grew strong and healthy. There was an abundance of constant fruit right up to our just recent frost. Nice tomatoes. Plentiful. No disease.
Date published: 2007-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Producer One plant alone has provided us an abundance of tomatoes. This is my first year growing Health Kick in particular and find they are now my preference for making sauces and salsas and are excellent simply sliced in a salad on their own.
Date published: 2007-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Health Kick Tomato I grew Health Kick tomatoes last year (along with 5 other varieties) and have to rate them as one of the best of the 6. They grew well with minimum care, produced abundant fruit, and the taste was good. This year they are supplanting my old standby Roma tomatoes, because as a saladette, Health Kick is juicier and of course has the added benefit of having the highest level of lycopene. I grew my six varieties of tomatoes from seed last year. This year I plan to grow Health Kick plants from seed and also to order some plants from Burpee in order to assess which works better for me in zone 6. I am also only growing Health Kick and an heirloom slicer which Burpee does not carry. I recommend this tomato.
Date published: 2007-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Health Kick Tomato We recently moved and bought this as part of a 9 plant package from Burpee to get the garden started. Turned out to be the best of lot and one of best tomato's I have planted in last several years. Smallish tomato, but very good tasting raw with low acid, sweet taste. Plant was compact size but high yielding. Early producer. Excellent addition to garden.
Date published: 2007-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good it's Hard to Believe it's Good for you! Last year, living on Long Island, I purchased one of these plants and it was exceptionally good. We even made sauce that was amazing from these. They were good picked straight from the vine and better than our cherry tomatoes! This year we live in Virginia and hope it does as well!
Date published: 2006-04-05
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