Determinate vs Indeterminate Tomatoes: How To Distinguish A Determinate From An Indeterminate Tomato

by Jane on October 27, 2020

Determine if your tomato plant is a determinate or an indeterminate one. If it’s not, then you need to get rid of it. You may have to do some work with the soil, but you’ll be able to grow something else in its place!

If it’s a determinate tomato plant, there will be two main characteristics that distinguish them from other types of tomatoes: they produce fruit at all and they’re very hardy plants. They’re also known as “dwarf” tomatoes because they don’t have the large size of their relatives, such as cherry tomatoes.

The first thing you want to look for is whether your tomato plant produces fruit at all. This means that it doesn’t just produce seeds, but actually grows fruits (or flowers) out of the ground. Plants that produce fruit are called determinates. There are many varieties of determinate tomatoes, so you might have to experiment a bit before finding one that fits your needs.

Another characteristic that distinguishes determinates from other types of tomatoes is their ability to withstand extreme weather conditions. Some of these depend on the variety, but most depend on the cultivar. These include being cold tolerant and drought tolerant.

Some varieties are especially good at growing in hot climates; others excel in cool ones. It’s important to test your soil condition before planting a tomato so that you get the best results possible when growing yours.

Last but not least, the skin of a determinate tomato plant is thicker than an indeterminate one. This helps it withstand more abuse from different conditions. While it won’t grow as big or produce as many fruits as an indeterminate, it’ll typically survive longer than it would otherwise.

If you’ve determined that your tomato plant is a determinate, then you can move on to other steps. If it’s not, however, it might be an indeterminate variety.

The first thing you’ll notice about an indeterminate tomato plant is that it grows VERY tall. It also produces a lot of fruits and flowers, just like a normal tomato plant. The big difference is that they take up a lot more space. If you want to grow an indeterminate tomato plant, you’ll need something to support it while it grows.

The next thing you’ll notice about this type of tomato plant is that it tends to grow a more diverse variety of fruits and flowers. If you have the space to accommodate such a plant, then there’s nothing stopping you from trying to grow one!

As long as you’re able to provide the plant with the care, water and support it needs, then you’ll have a great time growing your very own indeterminate tomatoes. It may take longer to grow them than other types of plants, but the results are definitely worth it when you taste the fruits of your labor!

As you can see from this article, there’s a wide variety of tomato plants to choose from. These plants aren’t just for decoration; they’re a great food source and a wonderful addition to your garden! If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. You can also leave suggestions on what types of plants you’d like to see covered in future articles!

Thanks again and remember to stay safe, everyone!

Sources & references used in this article:

Differences in branch formation in indeterminate and determinate tomato types by K OHTA, D IKEDA – Environmental Control in Biology, 2015 –

Overexpression of the maize homeo box gene, KNOTTED-1, causes a switch from determinate to indeterminate cell fates. by NR Sinha, RE Williams, S Hake – Genes & Development, 1993 –

Semi-determinate growth habit adjusts the vegetative-to-reproductive balance and increases productivity and water-use efficiency in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) by MH Vicente, A Zsögön, AFL de Sá, RV Ribeiro… – Journal of plant …, 2015 – Elsevier

The SELF-PRUNING gene of tomato regulates vegetative to reproductive switching of sympodial meristems and is the ortholog of CEN and TFL1 by L Pnueli, L Carmel-Goren, D Hareven, T Gutfinger… – …, 1998 –


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