A better bush tomato, scientific name Lycopersicon esculentum, is a tomato variety that produces more leaves to shield the fruit from the sun, making it a strong plant. Better bush tomatoes work well for container growth or gardens.
The better bush tomato plant produces tomatoes that are 4 inches wide and produces fruit for two months. Maturity of the better bush tomato comes 68 days after planting, and the plant needs staking to keep from falling over with the weight of the tomatoes. These tomatoes grow best with 5-10-10 fertilizer and enough water to keep the soil moist. Ripe better bush tomatoes are red, plump and firm.