Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tomatoes: Determinate vs. indeterminate

Two very healthy indeterminate tomato plants.
Tomatoes come in two basic forms: determinate and indeterminate.

Determinate tomatoes have a pre-determined height and size. They're bushy and compact, usually topping out at 3 to 4 feet in height. Determinate tomatoes may not need support but are good caged, are good in either pots or garden, and tend to bear their fruit over a shorter period of time.

Indeterminate tomatoes are the vining type. With proper pruning and support, they can reach 8 feet or more. Determinate tomatoes are good in the garden, and they tend to bear fruit over a longer period of time.

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