I think this is one of the most popular questions I get asked. Knowing the difference between determinate tomato varieties and indeterminate tomato varieties will help you decide what tomato plant would be best to plant on your balcony, in your greenhouse, indoors, or in your own garden. So before, you go to your garden center or order any tomato seeds online you should look over the differences of each of these varieties and see which suits your situation the best.
Here, is a simple explanation of what the difference is between determinate and indeterminate tomato varieties.
Indeterminate Tomato Varieties
Indeterminate Tomatoes Varieties are known for producing over the course of a growing season until the first frost where they will die off, but, on the other hand, if they were kept indoors they would produce constantly. They grow longer vines (6-10 feet) and require more support like staking and cages. They must be pruned. They are the most common tomato grown by home gardeners.
Here’s a Video that describes the difference between Indeterminate Tomatoes and Determinate Tomatoes
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Determinate Tomato Varieties
Determinate tomato varieties are known as bush type tomatoes. They grow to a normal height of around 3 feet and need very little support. They produce their full crop of tomatoes all at once within a short period of time two to three weeks. Once these bush tomatoes produce their short two week crop their leaves begin to turn yellow, and the plant starts to produce less fruit.
Determinate tomato varieties are great for container gardening or gardens that have limited space. Many home gardeners choose determinate tomato plants rather than Indeterminate tomato plants if they are planning to freeze or preserve their tomatoes. This is because of the fact that determinate tomatoes produce their full crop of tomatoes all at once within two to three weeks.