Which Tomatoes are Determinate? Detailed A-Z List of Determinate Types

by Chenell | Last Updated: June 29, 2021

Tomatoes are one of the most exciting things to grow in a garden.

Of course, using the right soil, knowing how much sun they need and what your watering schedule looks like is important. But knowing whether your plants are determinate or indeterminate tomatoes can help you when planning your garden and when and how to prune your tomato plants.

determinate tomatoes

So what kinds of tomatoes are determinate? Many varieties of Roma tomatoes are determinate, including San Marzano and Amish Paste tomatoes. Celebrity, Rutgers or Jersey tomatoes, and some grape varieties of tomatoes are also determinate.

A-Z List of Determinate Tomato Varieties

Below is a long list I created of tomato varieties and cultivars that are determinate, and where you can get them. This list gets updated regularly as new cultivars are grown and created. You can search this list in the box on the upper right if you’re looking for a specific variety.

CultivarDays to MaturityGrowth HabitColor
Abe Lincoln75Indeterminate
Abigail75Indeterminate
Ace 5575 Determinate
Amelia75 Determinate
Amish Paste85Indeterminate
Anna Russian65Indeterminate
Arkansas Traveler75Indeterminate
Atlas65 Determinate
Aunt Gertie's Gold75Indeterminate
Azoychka70Indeterminate
Banana Legs72 Determinate
Basinga80Indeterminate
Better Boy75Indeterminate
Better Bush68 Determinate
Big Beef73Indeterminate
Big Boy78Indeterminate
Big League47 Determinate
Big Rainbow 85Indeterminate
Big Yellow80Indeterminate
Biltmore80 Determinate
Black Beauty80Indeterminate
Black Cherry68Indeterminate
Black from Tula75Indeterminate
Black Krim72Indeterminate
Black Sea Man75Determinate
Blondkopfchen75
Blue Berries 74Indeterminate
Bonny Best80Indeterminate
Brandywine72Indeterminate
Bush Beefsteak62 Determinate
Cal Ace75 Determinate
Candy's Yellow75Indeterminate
Caro Rich80 Determinate
Celebrity70 Determinate
Chef's Choice Orange75Indeterminate
Cherokee Purple75-80Indeterminate
Cherry Bomb64Indeterminate
Cherry Gold45
Chuck's Yellow77Indeterminate
Cream Sausage73 Determinate
Damsel73Indeterminate
Dark Galaxy75Indeterminate
Defiant PhR65 Determinate
Dr. Wyche's Yellow78Indeterminate
Dwarf Purple Heart70Determinate
Early Girl51Indeterminate
Evan’s Purple Pear75Indeterminate
Five Star Grape62Indeterminate
Galahad69 Determinate
German Johnson76Indeterminate
Giant Oxheart90Indeterminate
Glacier55Indeterminate
Gold Nugget54 Determinate
Golden Roma75
Golden Sweet60Indeterminate
Grandaddy72 Determinate
Grandma Oliver's Green80Indeterminate
Grape Tomato60Indeterminate
Green Zebra78 Determinate
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
Helsing Junction Blues60-65Indeterminate
Hillbilly85Indeterminate
Homestead 2475 Determinate
Independence Day (Fourth of July)49Indeterminate
Indigo Apple75Indeterminate
Indigo Rose75Indeterminate
Isis Candy65Indeterminate
Japanense Black Trifele80Indeterminate
Jasper60Indeterminate
Jetstar72Indeterminate
Juliet60Indeterminate
Kellogg's Breakfast80Indeterminate
Large Barred Boar65 Determinate
Legend68 Determinate
Lemon Boy75Indeterminate
Little Blonde Girl75
Marglobe75 Determinate
Marizol Purple80Indeterminate
Midnight Roma80Semi-Determinate
Midnight Select72Indeterminate
Mortgage Lifter85Indeterminate
Moskvich60Indeterminate
Mr. Stripey80Indeterminate
New Big Dwarf60 Determinate
New Yorker63 Determinate
Oregon Spring65 Determinate
Owen’s Purple75Indeterminate
Paul Robeson78Indeterminate
Pineapple90Indeterminate
Pink Oxheart85Indeterminate
Pink San Marzano85Indeterminate
Powers Heirloom79Indeterminate
Pride of Flanders70Determinate
Principe Borghese75 Determinate
Purple Bumble Bee68Indeterminate
Purple Calabash83Indeterminate
Dwarf Purple Reign75Indeterminate
Purple Russian76Indeterminate
Rapunzel70Indeterminate
Rio Grande80 Determinate
Roma75 Determinate
Rose78Indeterminate
Rosella Purple78Indeterminate
Rugged Boy75 Determinate
Rutgers (Jersey Tomato)75 Determinate
San Marzano85Indeterminate
San Marzano Gigante90Indeterminate
San Marzano Lampadina78Indeterminate
San Marzano Nano75 Determinate
San Marzano Scatalone75Indeterminate
Santorange60Indeterminate
Schwarze Sarah79Indeterminate
Southern Night85Indeterminate
Stupice52Indeterminate
Sugar BombsIndeterminate
Summer Pick75 Determinate
Sun Gold60Indeterminate
Sunshine Blue72Indeterminate
Super Fantastic70Indeterminate
Super Sweet 10065Indeterminate
Supersonic75Indeterminate
Sweet 10070Indeterminate
Talladega67 Determinate
Tangerine
Taxi68 Determinate
Tims Black Ruffles78Indeterminate
Tumbling Tom Red60 Determinate
Tycoon80 Determinate
Valleycat70 Determinate
Washington Cherry60 Determinate
White Cherry75Indeterminate
Wine Jug78Indeterminate
Yellow Bell60Indeterminate
Yellow Brandywine90Indeterminate
Yellow Pear71Indeterminate
Aunt Sophies90Indeterminate
Aladdin's Lamp80Indeterminate
Brandywine YellowIndeterminate
Amana OrangeIndeterminate
Barnes MountainIndeterminate
Burning SpearIndeterminate
Dad's SunsetIndeterminate
Woodle Orange
Yellow Teardrop
Big Girl
orange jubilee tomato
yellow jubilee tomato
golden sweet cherry tomato
golden sunray tomato
jaune flamme tomato
persimmon tomato plants
valencia heirloom tomato
carolina gold tomatoes
yellow pear
breakfast sweet

Just seeing a list of varieties is helpful, but it’s hard to get any generalizations out of that. I’m going to break down specific categories of tomatoes and help you understand which ones are more likely to be indeterminate.

What is a Determinate Tomato Plant?

A determinate tomato plant will produce one larger harvest as opposed to continuing to grow throughout the season. They have a “determined” harvest and set time frame in which they generally produce fruit.

Determinate tomatoes are often called “bush” tomatoes as they tend to stay smaller and more compact instead of growing very tall like indeterminate plants do.

Many indeterminate plants can reach 9 or even 10 feet tall while determinates tend to stay around 4-5 feet. Since they only produce one main harvest, determinate tomato plants don’t need to be pruned as often.

Of course, there are also semi-determinate tomatoes which just adds to the complication 🙂

Are Beefsteak Tomatoes Determinate?

beefsteak tomatoes

Beefsteak tomatoes are usually indeterminate plants. However, there are some beefsteak varieties that are determinate, including:

CultivarDays to MaturityGrowth HabitColor
Abe Lincoln75Indeterminate
Abigail75Indeterminate
Ace 5575 Determinate
Amelia75 Determinate
Amish Paste85Indeterminate
Anna Russian65Indeterminate
Arkansas Traveler75Indeterminate
Atlas65 Determinate
Aunt Gertie's Gold75Indeterminate
Azoychka70Indeterminate
Banana Legs72 Determinate
Basinga80Indeterminate
Better Boy75Indeterminate
Better Bush68 Determinate
Big Beef73Indeterminate
Big Boy78Indeterminate
Big League47 Determinate
Big Rainbow 85Indeterminate
Big Yellow80Indeterminate
Biltmore80 Determinate
Black Beauty80Indeterminate
Black Cherry68Indeterminate
Black from Tula75Indeterminate
Black Krim72Indeterminate
Black Sea Man75Determinate
Blondkopfchen75
Blue Berries 74Indeterminate
Bonny Best80Indeterminate
Brandywine72Indeterminate
Bush Beefsteak62 Determinate
Cal Ace75 Determinate
Candy's Yellow75Indeterminate
Caro Rich80 Determinate
Celebrity70 Determinate
Chef's Choice Orange75Indeterminate
Cherokee Purple75-80Indeterminate
Cherry Bomb64Indeterminate
Cherry Gold45
Chuck's Yellow77Indeterminate
Cream Sausage73 Determinate
Damsel73Indeterminate
Dark Galaxy75Indeterminate
Defiant PhR65 Determinate
Dr. Wyche's Yellow78Indeterminate
Dwarf Purple Heart70Determinate
Early Girl51Indeterminate
Evan’s Purple Pear75Indeterminate
Five Star Grape62Indeterminate
Galahad69 Determinate
German Johnson76Indeterminate
Giant Oxheart90Indeterminate
Glacier55Indeterminate
Gold Nugget54 Determinate
Golden Roma75
Golden Sweet60Indeterminate
Grandaddy72 Determinate
Grandma Oliver's Green80Indeterminate
Grape Tomato60Indeterminate
Green Zebra78 Determinate
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
Helsing Junction Blues60-65Indeterminate
Hillbilly85Indeterminate
Homestead 2475 Determinate
Independence Day (Fourth of July)49Indeterminate
Indigo Apple75Indeterminate
Indigo Rose75Indeterminate
Isis Candy65Indeterminate
Japanense Black Trifele80Indeterminate
Jasper60Indeterminate
Jetstar72Indeterminate
Juliet60Indeterminate
Kellogg's Breakfast80Indeterminate
Large Barred Boar65 Determinate
Legend68 Determinate
Lemon Boy75Indeterminate
Little Blonde Girl75
Marglobe75 Determinate
Marizol Purple80Indeterminate
Midnight Roma80Semi-Determinate
Midnight Select72Indeterminate
Mortgage Lifter85Indeterminate
Moskvich60Indeterminate
Mr. Stripey80Indeterminate
New Big Dwarf60 Determinate
New Yorker63 Determinate
Oregon Spring65 Determinate
Owen’s Purple75Indeterminate
Paul Robeson78Indeterminate
Pineapple90Indeterminate
Pink Oxheart85Indeterminate
Pink San Marzano85Indeterminate
Powers Heirloom79Indeterminate
Pride of Flanders70Determinate
Principe Borghese75 Determinate
Purple Bumble Bee68Indeterminate
Purple Calabash83Indeterminate
Dwarf Purple Reign75Indeterminate
Purple Russian76Indeterminate
Rapunzel70Indeterminate
Rio Grande80 Determinate
Roma75 Determinate
Rose78Indeterminate
Rosella Purple78Indeterminate
Rugged Boy75 Determinate
Rutgers (Jersey Tomato)75 Determinate
San Marzano85Indeterminate
San Marzano Gigante90Indeterminate
San Marzano Lampadina78Indeterminate
San Marzano Nano75 Determinate
San Marzano Scatalone75Indeterminate
Santorange60Indeterminate
Schwarze Sarah79Indeterminate
Southern Night85Indeterminate
Stupice52Indeterminate
Sugar BombsIndeterminate
Summer Pick75 Determinate
Sun Gold60Indeterminate
Sunshine Blue72Indeterminate
Super Fantastic70Indeterminate
Super Sweet 10065Indeterminate
Supersonic75Indeterminate
Sweet 10070Indeterminate
Talladega67 Determinate
Tangerine
Taxi68 Determinate
Tims Black Ruffles78Indeterminate
Tumbling Tom Red60 Determinate
Tycoon80 Determinate
Valleycat70 Determinate
Washington Cherry60 Determinate
White Cherry75Indeterminate
Wine Jug78Indeterminate
Yellow Bell60Indeterminate
Yellow Brandywine90Indeterminate
Yellow Pear71Indeterminate
Aunt Sophies90Indeterminate
Aladdin's Lamp80Indeterminate
Brandywine YellowIndeterminate
Amana OrangeIndeterminate
Barnes MountainIndeterminate
Burning SpearIndeterminate
Dad's SunsetIndeterminate
Woodle Orange
Yellow Teardrop
Big Girl
orange jubilee tomato
yellow jubilee tomato
golden sweet cherry tomato
golden sunray tomato
jaune flamme tomato
persimmon tomato plants
valencia heirloom tomato
carolina gold tomatoes
yellow pear
breakfast sweet

Are Roma Tomatoes Determinate?

roma tomato vine

Roma tomatoes, also called plum or paste tomatoes, are often times determinate plants. These make great tomatoes for sauces and canning to preserve your harvest for a later date.

Are Cherry Tomatoes Determinate?

cherry tomatoes

Most cherry tomatoes are actually indeterminate, but not all of them are.

Here are some great cherry tomatoes that are determinate:

CultivarSeasonDays to MaturityGrowth HabitColorShape
Abe Lincoln75IndeterminateGlobe
Abigail75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Ace 5575 Determinate
Amelia75 Determinate
Amish Paste85IndeterminatePaste
Anna RussianEarly-Season65IndeterminateOxheart
Arkansas Traveler75Indeterminate
Atlas65 DeterminateBeefsteak
Aunt Gertie's GoldMid-Season75IndeterminateBeefsteak
AzoychkaMid-Season70IndeterminateBeefsteak
Banana LegsMid-Season72 DeterminatePlum
BasingaMid-Season80IndeterminateGlobe
Better Boy75Indeterminate
Better Bush68 Determinate
Big Beef73IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big Boy78IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big LeagueEarly Season47 DeterminateBeefsteak
Big Rainbow 85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big YellowLate-Season80IndeterminateGlobe
Biltmore80 DeterminateGlobe
Black Beauty80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Black Cherry68IndeterminateCherry
Black from TulaMid-Season75IndeterminateHeirloom
Black KrimMid-Season72IndeterminateBeefsteak
Black Sea ManMid-Season75Determinate
Blondkopfchen75
Blue Berries Mid-Season74IndeterminateCherry
Bonny Best80IndeterminateGlobe
Brandywine72IndeterminateBeefsteak
Bush BeefsteakEarly Season62 DeterminateBeefsteak
Cal Ace75 DeterminateBeefsteak
Candy's YellowMid-Season75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Caro Rich80 DeterminateBeefsteak
Celebrity70 DeterminateGlobe
Chef's Choice Orange75Indeterminate
Cherokee PurpleLate-Season75-80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Cherry Bomb64IndeterminateCherry
Cherry Gold45
Chuck's YellowMid-Season77IndeterminateBeefsteak
Cream SausageMid-Season73 DeterminatePlum
Damsel73IndeterminateGlobe
Dark Galaxy75Indeterminate
Defiant PhR65 DeterminateGlobe
Dr. Wyche's YellowMid-Season78IndeterminateBeefsteak
Dwarf Purple HeartMid-Season70DeterminateDwarf
Early Girl51IndeterminateGlobe
Evan’s Purple PearMid-Season75IndeterminatePear
Five Star Grape62IndeterminateGrape
Galahad69 DeterminateBeefsteak
German Johnson76IndeterminateBeefsteak
Giant OxheartLate-Season90IndeterminateOxheart
Glacier55Indeterminate
Gold NuggetEarly54 DeterminateCherry
Golden Roma75Roma
Golden Sweet60IndeterminateGrape
GrandaddyEarly72 DeterminateBeefsteak
Grandma Oliver's Green80IndeterminateHeirloom
Grape Tomato60IndeterminateCherry
Green Zebra78 DeterminateSmall
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
Helsing Junction BluesMid-Season60-65IndeterminateCherry
Hillbilly85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Homestead 2475 Determinate
Independence Day (Fourth of July)49IndeterminateSmall
Indigo AppleMid-Season75Indeterminate
Indigo RoseLate Season75IndeterminateCocktail
Isis CandyEarly-Season65IndeterminateCherry
Japanense Black Trifele80Indeterminate
JasperCherry60Indeterminate
Jetstar72Indeterminate
Juliet60IndeterminateCherry
Kellogg's BreakfastMid-Season80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Large Barred BoarEarly-Season65 DeterminateBeefsteak
Legend68 Determinate
Lemon Boy75IndeterminateGlobe
Little Blonde Girl75
Marglobe75 Determinate
Marizol Purple80Indeterminate
Midnight Roma80Semi-DeterminateRoma
Midnight SelectMid-Season72Indeterminate
Mortgage Lifter85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Moskvich60Indeterminate
Mr. Stripey80IndeterminateBeefsteak
New Big Dwarf60 DeterminateBeefsteak
New YorkerEarly-Season63 DeterminateBeefsteak
Oregon Spring65 Determinate
Owen’s PurpleMid-Season75Indeterminate
Paul RobesonMid-Season78Indeterminate
Pineapple90Indeterminate
Pink Oxheart85IndeterminateOxheart
Pink San Marzano85Indeterminate
Powers HeirloomMid-Season79IndeterminatePlum
Pride of FlandersMid-Season70DeterminateCherry
Principe Borghese75 DeterminateGrape
Purple Bumble BeeMid-Season68IndeterminateCherry
Purple CalabashMid-Season83IndeterminateBeefsteak
Dwarf Purple ReignMid-Season75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Purple RussianMid-Season76IndeterminatePlum
Rapunzel70IndeterminateCherry
Rio Grande80 Determinate
Roma75 Determinate
Rose78Indeterminate
Rosella PurpleMid-Season78Indeterminate
Rugged Boy75 Determinate
Rutgers (Jersey Tomato)75 DeterminateGlobe
San Marzano85IndeterminatePlum
San Marzano Gigante90IndeterminatePlum
San Marzano LampadinaLate Season78Indeterminate
San Marzano Nano75 Determinate
San Marzano Scatalone75Indeterminate
Santorange60IndeterminateGrape
Schwarze SarahMid-Season79Indeterminate
Southern NightMid-Season85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Stupice52Indeterminate
Sugar BombsIndeterminate
Summer Pick75 DeterminateBeefsteak
Sun Gold60IndeterminateCherry
Sunshine BlueMid-Season72IndeterminateCherry
Super Fantastic70Indeterminate
Super Sweet 10065Indeterminate
Supersonic75Indeterminate
Sweet 10070IndeterminateCherry
Talladega67 DeterminateBeefsteak
Tangerine
TaxiEarly68 DeterminateGlobe
Tims Black RufflesMid-Season78Indeterminate
Tumbling Tom Red60 Determinate
Tycoon80 DeterminateBeefsteak
Valleycat70 DeterminateBeefsteak
Washington CherryEarly60 DeterminateCherry
White Cherry75IndeterminateCherry
Wine JugMid-Season78IndeterminatePlum
Yellow BellEarly60IndeterminatePlum
Yellow BrandywineLate-Season90IndeterminateBeefsteak
Yellow Pear71IndeterminatePlum, Pear
Aunt SophiesLate Season90IndeterminateOxheart
Aladdin's LampMid-Season80IndeterminatePear
Brandywine YellowMid-SeasonIndeterminateBeefsteak
Amana OrangeMid-SeasonIndeterminateBeefsteak, Flattened Globe
Barnes MountainLate SeasonIndeterminateBeefsteak
Burning SpearMid-SeasonIndeterminateElongated, Plum, Pointed
Dad's SunsetLate SeasonIndeterminateRound
Woodle Orange
Yellow Teardrop
Big Girl
orange jubilee tomato
yellow jubilee tomato
golden sweet cherry tomato
golden sunray tomato
jaune flamme tomato
persimmon tomato plants
valencia heirloom tomato
carolina gold tomatoes
yellow pear
breakfast sweet

Are San Marzano Tomatoes Determinate?

san marzano

There are quite a few varieties of San Marzano tomatoes. While many have an indeterminate growth habit, there are a few varieties of San Marzano tomatoes that are determinate, so you’ll still want to check to see.

What is an Indeterminate Tomato Plant?

Indeterminate tomatoes get much taller and continue producing fruit throughout the growing season. While they bear more fruit, you will need to stay on top of pruning them as they get suckers that will cause smaller size tomatoes if you aren’t taking care of them regularly.

Common Indeterminate Tomato Varieties

Indeterminate tomatoes aren’t better, they’re just different. Here are a few popular indeterminate tomato varieties:

CultivarDays to MaturityGrowth HabitColor
Abe Lincoln75Indeterminate
Abigail75Indeterminate
Ace 5575 Determinate
Amelia75 Determinate
Amish Paste85Indeterminate
Anna Russian65Indeterminate
Arkansas Traveler75Indeterminate
Atlas65 Determinate
Aunt Gertie's Gold75Indeterminate
Azoychka70Indeterminate
Banana Legs72 Determinate
Basinga80Indeterminate
Better Boy75Indeterminate
Better Bush68 Determinate
Big Beef73Indeterminate
Big Boy78Indeterminate
Big League47 Determinate
Big Rainbow 85Indeterminate
Big Yellow80Indeterminate
Biltmore80 Determinate
Black Beauty80Indeterminate
Black Cherry68Indeterminate
Black from Tula75Indeterminate
Black Krim72Indeterminate
Black Sea Man75Determinate
Blondkopfchen75
Blue Berries 74Indeterminate
Bonny Best80Indeterminate
Brandywine72Indeterminate
Bush Beefsteak62 Determinate
Cal Ace75 Determinate
Candy's Yellow75Indeterminate
Caro Rich80 Determinate
Celebrity70 Determinate
Chef's Choice Orange75Indeterminate
Cherokee Purple75-80Indeterminate
Cherry Bomb64Indeterminate
Cherry Gold45
Chuck's Yellow77Indeterminate
Cream Sausage73 Determinate
Damsel73Indeterminate
Dark Galaxy75Indeterminate
Defiant PhR65 Determinate
Dr. Wyche's Yellow78Indeterminate
Dwarf Purple Heart70Determinate
Early Girl51Indeterminate
Evan’s Purple Pear75Indeterminate
Five Star Grape62Indeterminate
Galahad69 Determinate
German Johnson76Indeterminate
Giant Oxheart90Indeterminate
Glacier55Indeterminate
Gold Nugget54 Determinate
Golden Roma75
Golden Sweet60Indeterminate
Grandaddy72 Determinate
Grandma Oliver's Green80Indeterminate
Grape Tomato60Indeterminate
Green Zebra78 Determinate
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
Helsing Junction Blues60-65Indeterminate
Hillbilly85Indeterminate
Homestead 2475 Determinate
Independence Day (Fourth of July)49Indeterminate
Indigo Apple75Indeterminate
Indigo Rose75Indeterminate
Isis Candy65Indeterminate
Japanense Black Trifele80Indeterminate
Jasper60Indeterminate
Jetstar72Indeterminate
Juliet60Indeterminate
Kellogg's Breakfast80Indeterminate
Large Barred Boar65 Determinate
Legend68 Determinate
Lemon Boy75Indeterminate
Little Blonde Girl75
Marglobe75 Determinate
Marizol Purple80Indeterminate
Midnight Roma80Semi-Determinate
Midnight Select72Indeterminate
Mortgage Lifter85Indeterminate
Moskvich60Indeterminate
Mr. Stripey80Indeterminate
New Big Dwarf60 Determinate
New Yorker63 Determinate
Oregon Spring65 Determinate
Owen’s Purple75Indeterminate
Paul Robeson78Indeterminate
Pineapple90Indeterminate
Pink Oxheart85Indeterminate
Pink San Marzano85Indeterminate
Powers Heirloom79Indeterminate
Pride of Flanders70Determinate
Principe Borghese75 Determinate
Purple Bumble Bee68Indeterminate
Purple Calabash83Indeterminate
Dwarf Purple Reign75Indeterminate
Purple Russian76Indeterminate
Rapunzel70Indeterminate
Rio Grande80 Determinate
Roma75 Determinate
Rose78Indeterminate
Rosella Purple78Indeterminate
Rugged Boy75 Determinate
Rutgers (Jersey Tomato)75 Determinate
San Marzano85Indeterminate
San Marzano Gigante90Indeterminate
San Marzano Lampadina78Indeterminate
San Marzano Nano75 Determinate
San Marzano Scatalone75Indeterminate
Santorange60Indeterminate
Schwarze Sarah79Indeterminate
Southern Night85Indeterminate
Stupice52Indeterminate
Sugar BombsIndeterminate
Summer Pick75 Determinate
Sun Gold60Indeterminate
Sunshine Blue72Indeterminate
Super Fantastic70Indeterminate
Super Sweet 10065Indeterminate
Supersonic75Indeterminate
Sweet 10070Indeterminate
Talladega67 Determinate
Tangerine
Taxi68 Determinate
Tims Black Ruffles78Indeterminate
Tumbling Tom Red60 Determinate
Tycoon80 Determinate
Valleycat70 Determinate
Washington Cherry60 Determinate
White Cherry75Indeterminate
Wine Jug78Indeterminate
Yellow Bell60Indeterminate
Yellow Brandywine90Indeterminate
Yellow Pear71Indeterminate
Aunt Sophies90Indeterminate
Aladdin's Lamp80Indeterminate
Brandywine Yellow
Indeterminate
Amana OrangeIndeterminate
Barnes MountainIndeterminate
Burning SpearIndeterminate
Dad's SunsetIndeterminate
Woodle Orange
Yellow Teardrop
Big Girl
orange jubilee tomato
yellow jubilee tomato
golden sweet cherry tomato
golden sunray tomato
jaune flamme tomato
persimmon tomato plants
valencia heirloom tomato
carolina gold tomatoes
yellow pear
breakfast sweet

Tomato Suckers – Leave Them or Remove?

When trying to get the largest harvest out of your indeterminate tomatoes, it all comes down to the suckers. No seriously, a tomato sucker is essentially a new branch forming on your plant that will “suck” energy away from others and lead to smaller tomatoes.

Tomato suckers are small leaves and branches that grow where the main branch and side stem of a tomato plant come together.

Make sure you’re not confusing the growth stem for a sucker – you do not want to remove that or your plant will have very little growth from there on out.

Pruning Determinate Tomato Plants

With indeterminate varieties, you want to prune off the suckers to get the biggest harvest. With determinate tomatoes, you don’t have to prune them as much.

tomato suckers

In the picture above, you can see two tomato suckers – one that just started growing in, and one that has been on the plant for about 5-7 days.

If you’re growing determinate tomatoes, you can prune off the first few suckers until the main stem is around 6-12 inches tall. While some people don’t prune determinates at all, doing this helps avoid fungal diseases from having leaves sitting so close to the ground.

How to Determine if Tomatoes are Determinate or Indeterminate?

It is important to know whether your tomato plant is determinate or indeterminate and when it will stop producing tomatoes if you’re looking for the biggest harvest.

When you are purchasing plants at the garden store check if they are determinate (bush) varieties or indeterminate (vine) varieties.

It can be hard to look at a tomato plant and determine if it’s determinate or indeterminate – so how can you find this out?

Seed Packets and Online Information

When you buy tomato seeds, you should get some information about the variety fo seeds you’re buying. If you’ve already purchased seeds, the tomato packet should tell you whether the

You can usually check the seed packet, or look at the seed manufacturer’s website.

You can also check the list above that has many varieties of tomatoes and whether they are indeterminate or determinate plants.

Once a Plant is in the Ground

If you have a plant that is already growing and mature, you can tell if it’s a determinate or indeterminate variety by looking at how tall the plant is. Determinate tomato plants will be shorter with more leaves on the bottom of the tomato branches, whereas indeterminates are taller with fewer leaves near the bottom. Determinates are bushy, and indeterminates are more vine-like, growing tall and less leafy on each branch.

Tall vs Bushy

If a plant is already growing and maturing, you can usually tell whether they are determinate or indeterminate tomatoes by seeing if the plant gets bushier, or is growing tall. While both types of tomatoes will grow upward and get taller, indeterminates end up getting really tall, some being 9-10 feet tall! While determinate tomatoes will be around 4-5 feet tall max.

Determinate tomato plants tend to have leaves that are closer together on the stems, making them appear bushier and more full. Indeterminate tomato plants look more like vines and end up growing taller much faster than their counterparts.

Fruit Production

Determinate tomatoes produce fruit earlier than indeterminates. They will also produce more fruit at once as they only provide one harvest.

Indeterminate tomato plants tend to take longer to produce fruit, and might only produce a few tomatoes at a time.

Do You Need a Trellis or Tomato Cage?

trellised tomatoes
Florida weave trellis in my garden

Both types of tomatoes do great when staked or trellised in some way as they can get heavy, especially with larger fruits. Tomatoes will grow along the ground if they aren’t held up well, but this can subject them to diseases and tomato pests that make gardening much less fun.

Using some sort of trellis or tomato cage will help your tomatoes stay off the ground and avoid common fungal diseases.

My personal rule of thumb is to use tomato cages for determinate varieties, and a taller trellis for indeterminates.

Can You Grow Determinate Tomatoes in Containers?

Determinate tomatoes plants don’t need as much support as their indeterminate counterparts since they don’t grow as tall and are smaller in size.

They also produce all their fruit at once, so you can reuse the space once the plant has finished producing tomatoes.

Tips for Growing Determinate Tomatoes in Containers

1. Choosing a container

You’ll want to grow your tomatoes in a pot or container with proper drainage holes. Determinate tomato plants don’t need to be in the ground, so when choosing a container, just make sure you’re choosing something that is around 1-2 feet in diameter to give your plant enough space to bush out a bit.

2. Choosing a location

Determinate varieties will only get to be about 4-5 feet tall, so you don’t need a ton of space. But make sure you have enough space for the larger pot and a little extra room for them to get bushy with it 🙂

Choose a location that gets a least 6-8 hours of full, direct sun each day.

3. Good potting mix and mulch, mulch, mulch

Once you have your plant started and ready to transplant into your container, make sure you’re choosing a good quality potting mix. Here is my favorite one.

Once you’ve planted your tomato, add a layer of 1 inch of cedar mulch or similar to the top. This helps prevent water from splashing back up onto the plant and causing fungal diseases.

4. Watch for tomato pests and tomato hornworms.

Tomatoes growing in containers can still get hit with fungal disease and common pests that tomatoes deal with.

Common issues for tomatoes are verticillium wilt, leaf spot disease, blight, spotted wilt virus, and more.

Choosing to Plant Determinate vs Indeterminate Tomatoes

Determinate and indeterminate tomatoes both have their advantages and disadvantages, neither one is necessarily “better”. If you’re looking to get all of your tomatoes at once so you can do some canning, or make a lot of sauce, then go with determinates. If you’re looking for a plant that produces tomato fruits all season long, then go with an indeterminate plant.

You can also plant both types if you want the best of both worlds! 🙂

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