Indeterminate Tomato Plants or Determinate Tomato Plants?

by David
(NY)

Question:


What is the more popular plant; indeterminate or determinate?


Answer:

David,

Great question!!

I think it all depends on what your motives are. Let me give you a quick run-down of the pros and cons of each.
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Determinate Tomatoes


The Determinate is one that gives it's crop all at once. If you want a lot of tomatoes at one time, this would be a good choice. With some planning though, you can still have tomatoes all season long. For example, you can purchase ones that will produce their crop early in the year, pick one that produces in the middle of the year, and also buy one that produces at the end of the year. A great quantity of tomatoes could be had this way.

People who can tomatoes oftentimes use this method. Determinate plants are usually more compact as well and make great choices for growing tomatoes in containers.

Indeterminate Tomatoes


The Indeterminate variety is one that produces its quantity over the course of the entire season. Most of these varieties however, will give you more than enough tomatoes for things such as salads, food recipes, etc. (The common household would do fine with this type). A lot of heirloom plants are indeterminate.

With this variety though, they usually need more space to grow because the vines are usually longer and the plant is taller. Thus, they will need staking or support from cages.

Hope this helps you choose,
Brad




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