Although relatively new, the hybrid Lemon Boy may be a big hit amongst both home and commercial growers. It’s one of the more popular yellow tomato varieties today. The medium-sized fruits grow to 7 or 8 ounces and have a definite, beautiful sunny yellow color. Very disease-resistant, this tomato grows at a mean speed, producing fruit in about 72 days.
The prized Lemon Boys are sugary sweet, high yielding, and may be harvested throughout the season if kept well.
Best Soil for Lemon Boy Tomatoes
Lemon Boys, like most tomatoes, require good soil with tons of nutrition. These vigorous plants, if kept healthy, will grow quickly then they ought to be planted in relatively airy soil and a small acidity (6.5 pH).
Proper look after Lemon Boy Tomatoes
Starting seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last average frost date gives good-sized seedlings which will be robust enough for the garden. These starts are often staggered by every week approximately, but this really makes no sense because the harvest itself will naturally stagger thanks to the inherent variability of the plant.
Seedlings should be watered every other day until planted and established within the garden. then, they ought to be watered every three to four days, counting on weather, or whenever the soil feels dry a few inches below the surface.
Liquid fertilizers with a better nitrogen content (20-10-10 is common) are best for seedlings and new transplants. Change to an evenly balanced fertilizer once the plants are two to 3 feet tall and start to bud.
When to reap Lemon Boy Tomatoes
Lemon Boys require 72 to 80 days to mature and can be a really bright yellow and simply drop off the vine when ripe. Pick tomatoes as they’re individually ready instead of all directly. This variety will ripen in small groups, but one plant won’t ripen all directly. remember that leaves and stems are often poisonous if ingested in quantity.
Lemon Boy Tomato Pests and Diseases
The Lemon Boy is immune to nearly every major pest and disease that tomatoes can suffer from, which is one reason they’re so popular. Most pests won’t attack the Lemon Boy’s leaves because they’re poisonous and thus often avoid the fruits also. Specifically, the Lemon Boy is immune to Fusarium and Verticillium wilt and to Root Nematodes. Most grasshoppers and leaf-munching caterpillars also will avoid these. Your primary pest is probably going to be birds, who enjoy the yellow tomatoes.
How to Serve Lemon Boys
Most often, Lemon Boys are eaten raw on salads or alone. due to their unique looks and tastiness, they’re usually eaten fresh. they keep their excellent flavor when dried. they will even be canned or stewed if desired, of course.
Tips for Growing Lemon Boy Tomatoes
The number one thing to understand with the Lemon Boy is that it needs regular watering to avoid dwarfed fruits or splitting. Water regularly (every 3-4 days) and keep the soil fertilized up until fruit appears in abundance.