Better Bush Tomato

We bought a couple of really pretty tomato plants at a Wal Mart store; they had some that were labeled patio, some were roma and we hope the one we chose is a nice little round, regular tomato.


They describe it as Better Bush tomato, the botanical name is lycopersicon sp. Do you have any idea what we bought?

Thanks for your help,
Lacretia

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Apr 30, 2011
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BETTER BUSH
by: LUCY

DEAR FL STORYTELLER, THANKS FOR THE INFO. IT IS REALLY APPRECIATED, IT'S NICE TO KNOW YOU CAN STATE ANYTHING AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL HELP. YOU PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE.

Apr 30, 2011
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Better Bush believer
by: FLStoryteller

I bought two of these for container gardening (I'm in zone 9 - FL) since I have limited space and don't have room for a garden. I bought them at Costco about 7-1/2 weeks ago, when they were about 18-24 in. tall, and they already had 20-30 blossoms - some were already toms. I left them outside near the location I was going to set them out and watered them good for three days. During that time I mixed my soil, a really good organic mix, and added about 30% volume of Vermiculite to provide good soil aeration[Promotes good root growth].

In the bottom of my larger containers (Two 8-gallon round.) I wound up some twine into a circle, leaving enough to stick out one of the drainage holes in each pot. I did this so that the water in the round tray I placed my containers in could be wicked up into the container by the plants roots. Then added enough of my mix so my plant would remain about two inches from the top of the container. After removing my plants from the original containers and loosening the root ball by gently rolling the ball on news paper, I placed them into the new containers and filled to about two inches from the top of the container, pressing gently to compact the soil and remove excess air.

After watering them in and adding additional soil as needed, I set the plants in place in my yard. Although the Better Bush says you don't have to stake them, I went ahead and put a round metal cage around them. Later I decided to add more support by triangulating three stakes around the cage. Watering them daily, they are now right at 48" tall overall, and each plant has 20-30 toms of varying size; I'd say the average is 4" in size. So far this past week we yielded our first four vine ripened fruits. They were smaller than 4", but very tasty!

Here's to good eating!

Blessings!

Apr 20, 2011
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BETTER BUSH TOMATOES
by: Anonymous

DEAR CLARK, THANK YOU FOR YOUR INFORMATION. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED

Apr 20, 2011
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Better Bush Tomato facts
by: Clark

The Better Bush tomato is a common determinate (bush type) hybrid tomato with 4-inch fruits. It can grow 4-feet tall (but usually less) with a thick stem and can be self-supporting without staking, but I generally support all my tomatoes anyway just to protect them.

Determinate varieties are a good choice for growing in pots - the bigger pots are much better, by the way.

I haven't grown it myself, but it's advertised to have good size and flavor.

Disease resistance is VFN (verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt and nematodes).

Hope this variety works out well for you!

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