Friday, August 6, 2021

Determinate and Indeterminate Tomatoes

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 The difference between determinate & indeterminate tomato varieties.

It’s important to choose the right type of tomato for your gardening needs.  There are two different types of tomatoes to choose from--determinate & indeterminate.  Knowing the difference can help in your gardening journey.  In this post, I’ll also share what varieties I planted this year.













Determinate & Indeterminate Tomatoes | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Determinate & Indeterminate Tomatoes | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Determinate

Determinate tomatoes are also called bush tomatoes due to their appearance.  

Determinate tomatoes will grow leaves & branches up to a determined height & then will stop growing.  Once the plant has flowers at the top, it has reached its full height.

From there, the plant will then develop fruit at about the same time & then will be done producing completely.

Determinate tomatoes are perfect for canning because they produce all their tomatoes at once.

Because determinate tomatoes only grow to a certain size (which is usually between 3-4 feet), they work well in smaller gardening spaces.

Determinate tomatoes are a lot of Roma type varieties.

Determinate & Indeterminate Tomatoes | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

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Indeterminate

Indeterminate tomatoes are vining tomatoes.

Indeterminate tomatoes do not have a set height or spread.  They will continue to grow until they are killed off by frost.

These tomato plants will produce tomatoes at different times all season long.

Indeterminate tomatoes are good for eating or canning small batches.

Because indeterminate tomatoes continuously grow throughout the season, they require a larger gardening space & more care to train the vines.  These types of plants will grow at least 6-8 feet tall.

Indeterminate tomatoes include cherry type varieties & beefsteak type varieties.  Surprisingly, San Marzano tomatoes are also indeterminate tomatoes.

Determinate & Indeterminate Tomatoes | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Determinate & Indeterminate Tomatoes | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

My tomatoes

This year, I grew 3 different tomato varieties:  Roma VF, Big Mama & SuperSauce.

Roma VF was my only determinate variety.

Although Big Mama & SuperSauce were indeterminate varieties, the fruit they produce is big enough for my canning needs.

Choosing the right tomatoes for your garden can make a big difference in your gardening experience.

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