Better Bush Tomato
Better Bush is one of the best, most compact tomatoes for growing in containers.

Better Bush Tomato

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 8 oz
  • Matures: 68 days after planting
  • Spacing: 24 to 36 inches apart
  • Plant size: 3 to 5 feet
  • Plant type: Determinate

This is a great choice that bears sizeable fruits on a very compact plant that works well in containers and small gardens. Especially strong, bushy plants bear truly tasty, medium-sized tomatoes great for sandwiches and slicing. The heavy foliage of this hybrid helps protect tomatoes from sunburn. In our Alabama test garden where the growing season is long and the soil is ideal, plants produce from 90 to 120 tomatoes each over a two-month harvest period. Keep the big harvest going with successive, monthly plantings through July for a fall harvest. Plants are strong and upright, but will still do best in a small cage or on a stake for support.

Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and nematodes (N).

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Better Bush Tomato is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I live in Northern CA near Sacramento where we have hot dry summers. This terrific compact and tightly-leafed plant is in a clay pot on our patio and continues to provide a very high yield of fruit. The larger tomatoes rival beefsteak for size and flavor with virtually no core. My husband is enjoying tomato sandwiches from this plant every day. The smaller fruit have a bit of core to be removed, but still are very flavorful. I would give it five stars for taste but I am also growing Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes that have a simply incomparable sweet taste.
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy stem and beautiful blloms and fruit I love this variety for it's hardiness and delicious, abundant yeild. I recommend removing the sucker leaves to grow a taller, more productive plant. The sucker leaves are found in the crook between the stalk and limbs. Removing these allows the nutrients in the soil to enrich the stalk for a taller plant, which translates to more lims and a higher yeild. I normally remove the sucker leaves until the plant is about 3 feet high, then allow them to grow, and this method has worked well on all of my tomatoes for 35+ years. Good luck!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best mid size tasting tomato grown in a container: This is a rather compact plant that flat out produces lots of tomatoes with heirloom quality flavor which can be easily grown in a container with a two cu.ft. bag of potting mix....enough said.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grow more Better Bush: Our Better Bushes got planted early and surrounded by bush bean plants that provided good protection from the early spring cold, wet winds. May 21 the first fruits were harvested and continued all summer into September. Size decreased a bit once the summer heat really hit but production continued. Excellent cultivar.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such wonderful taste and perfect for my container deck garden; I get one fruit every other day. They are a medium size and so far (knock on wood!) I've not seen any insect damage. If they last through the summer in south Florida, it may be they will continue throughout the summer here; we do have a lot of humidity thiugh. I will be taking a cutting sometime in May to see how it does.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I container grew these in South Florida, like one other review they took a while to start growing but when they did they grew a nice stocky trunk and strong branches. My yield wasn't anywhere near the test field but still did pretty well. Good tasting medium size fruit that produced through summer and early fall.
Date published: 2015-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from must be bad plants: I bought 9 better bush plants this year and they have been in the ground for over a month and have grown about 2''. I have planted them before with good success but this year they are not growing at all. They have tomatoes on them but the plants are barely 12'' high.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I live in central florida and this year have gotten little rain and high temps. All my tomatoes are doing poorly except this one. I put it in one of those cloth walmart bags and put the bag in a storage tub with 2 inches of water. Large healthy plant now with 24 tomatoes and more forming
Date published: 2015-05-21
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