Q: What is the difference between a Better Boy tomato plant and a Hybrid Better Boy?
A: By definition, they are the same plant. According to Gerald Klingaman, retired Extension Horticulturist in Arkansas, ‘Better Boy’ was hybridized in 1942 by Dr. Oved Shifriss at the W. Atlee Burpee & Company. This tomato is bush-like in habit, a strong grower and has good disease resistance. Its exact parentage is a trade secret but this fruit serves as a good example of the benefits hybridization can bring to heirloom tomatoes.