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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Burpees Big Boy'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Burpees Big Boy
Additional cultivar information: (aka Big Boy)
Hybridized by Burpee; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1949

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:
American hybrid

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Fusarium Wilt (F)
Verticillium Wilt (V)
Tobacco Mosaic (T)

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf


4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Suze_ On Sep 4, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

There is a also a de-hybridized version of Big Boy; here's the description: "82 days. Indeterminate, 1 pound flattened globe, red flesh, excellent yield, acidic taste. This is an open pollinated version of the hybrid."

Positive Gindee77 On Jun 15, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a great slicer and it has wonderful flavor. The plant gets huge and needs support.

Positive sylph On Jul 24, 2004, sylph from Macedon, NY wrote:

I got a few plants that had already been started. I got them when they were pretty small, about 5 or 6 inches tall. They grew quickly when I planted them. About two weeks later they are between 1.5 and 2 feet tall. I can see the difference in growth each day. It sounds like these things grow huge. This is my first garden, by the way.

Positive Farmerdill On Apr 8, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1949 round red. Globe shaped fruits average about 10 ounces. I first grew this cultivar in 1950 and was impressed with the toughness of the skin. I threatened to tan the skins and sell them for shoe leather. Many later commercial varieties have surpassed the skin toughness however. It is a reliable performer under varied conditions.

Positive tomato_lady On Mar 29, 2003, tomato_lady from Crossville, TN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I like this tomato very much - more than Better Boy, actually. I usually keep my vines trimmed even with the top of the house, but I have also grown them up against the sides of our barn and they do quite well - reaching over 10 feet tall. The fruits are large and firm and there are lots and lots of them on a vine. I would recommend it to anyone.

Neutral jkom51 On Sep 17, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Coastal Northern California is difficult for growing tomatoes -- too cold and foggy. Big Boy is extremely vigorous even here (it broke my normally sturdy wire box cage) but I found the flavor to be relatively insipid compared to heirloom types. Still, it makes a nice bruschetta (chopped tomatoes, fresh basil & olive oil), and is certainly better than grocery-store tomatoes any day.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Escondido, California
Augusta, Georgia
Hampton, Illinois
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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