Which Tomatoes are Indeterminate? Detailed List of 55 Indeterminate Types

Growing tomatoes can bring so much joy to any garden, but knowing how to properly care for them and get the biggest harvest is key. You might initially be thinking about the soil you’re going to use, or making sure they get enough sunlight. But knowing the growth habit of the plants and whether your plants are indeterminate or determinate tomatoes can help you plan your garden properly, and decide when and how to prune your tomato plants.

soil for tomatoes

So what kinds of tomatoes are indeterminate? While there is no hard and fast rule, many varieties of beefsteak, cherry, grape, and heirloom tomatoes are indeterminate. Many Roma or plum varieties are determinate.

Indeterminate Tomato Varieties List

Below is a long list I created of tomato varieties and cultivars that are indeterminate, 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 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

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 an Indeterminate Tomato Plant?

An indeterminate tomato plant is one that will continue to grow taller as long as it’s alive. This is why many indeterminate plants can reach 9 or even 10 feet tall throughout the growing season. Indeterminate tomato plants do need to be pruned regularly but will continue to produce fruit throughout the season.

Are Beefsteak Tomatoes Indeterminate?

beefsteak tomatoes

Beefsteak tomatoes are generally indeterminate. There are some varieties that are determinate, but for the most part, choosing a beefsteak variety will land you with indeterminate plants.

CultivarDays to MaturityGrowth HabitColorShape
Abe Lincoln75IndeterminateGlobe
Abigail75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Ace 5575 Determinate
Amelia75 Determinate
Amish Paste85IndeterminatePaste
Anna Russian65IndeterminateOxheart
Arkansas Traveler75Indeterminate
Atlas65 DeterminateBeefsteak
Aunt Gertie's Gold75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Azoychka70IndeterminateBeefsteak
Banana Legs72 DeterminatePlum
Basinga80IndeterminateGlobe
Better Boy75Indeterminate
Better Bush68 Determinate
Big Beef73IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big Boy78IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big League47 DeterminateBeefsteak
Big Rainbow 85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big Yellow80IndeterminateGlobe
Biltmore80 DeterminateGlobe
Black Beauty80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Black Cherry68IndeterminateCherry
Black from Tula75IndeterminateHeirloom
Black Krim72IndeterminateBeefsteak
Black Sea Man75Determinate
Blondkopfchen75
Blue Berries 74IndeterminateCherry
Bonny Best80IndeterminateGlobe
Brandywine72IndeterminateBeefsteak
Bush Beefsteak62 DeterminateBeefsteak
Cal Ace75 DeterminateBeefsteak
Candy's Yellow75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Caro Rich80 DeterminateBeefsteak
Celebrity70 DeterminateGlobe
Chef's Choice Orange75Indeterminate
Cherokee Purple75-80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Cherry Bomb64IndeterminateCherry
Cherry Gold45
Chuck's Yellow77IndeterminateBeefsteak
Cream Sausage73 DeterminatePlum
Damsel73IndeterminateGlobe
Dark Galaxy75Indeterminate
Defiant PhR65 DeterminateGlobe
Dr. Wyche's Yellow78IndeterminateBeefsteak
Dwarf Purple Heart70DeterminateDwarf
Early Girl51IndeterminateGlobe
Evan’s Purple Pear75IndeterminatePear
Five Star Grape62IndeterminateGrape
Galahad69 DeterminateBeefsteak
German Johnson76IndeterminateBeefsteak
Giant Oxheart90IndeterminateOxheart
Glacier55Indeterminate
Gold Nugget54 DeterminateCherry
Golden Roma75Roma
Golden Sweet60IndeterminateGrape
Grandaddy72 DeterminateBeefsteak
Grandma Oliver's Green80IndeterminateHeirloom
Grape Tomato60IndeterminateCherry
Green Zebra78 DeterminateSmall
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
Helsing Junction Blues60-65IndeterminateCherry
Hillbilly85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Homestead 2475 Determinate
Independence Day (Fourth of July)49IndeterminateSmall
Indigo Apple75Indeterminate
Indigo Rose75IndeterminateCocktail
Isis Candy65IndeterminateCherry
Japanense Black Trifele80Indeterminate
Jasper60Indeterminate
Jetstar72Indeterminate
Juliet60IndeterminateCherry
Kellogg's Breakfast80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Large Barred Boar65 DeterminateBeefsteak
Legend68 Determinate
Lemon Boy75IndeterminateGlobe
Little Blonde Girl75
Marglobe75 Determinate
Marizol Purple80Indeterminate
Midnight Roma80Semi-DeterminateRoma
Midnight Select72Indeterminate
Mortgage Lifter85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Moskvich60Indeterminate
Mr. Stripey80IndeterminateBeefsteak
New Big Dwarf60 DeterminateBeefsteak
New Yorker63 DeterminateBeefsteak
Oregon Spring65 Determinate
Owen’s Purple75Indeterminate
Paul Robeson78Indeterminate
Pineapple90Indeterminate
Pink Oxheart85IndeterminateOxheart
Pink San Marzano85Indeterminate
Powers Heirloom79IndeterminatePlum
Pride of Flanders70DeterminateCherry
Principe Borghese75 DeterminateGrape
Purple Bumble Bee68IndeterminateCherry
Purple Calabash83IndeterminateBeefsteak
Dwarf Purple Reign75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Purple Russian76IndeterminatePlum
Rapunzel70IndeterminateCherry
Rio Grande80 Determinate
Roma75 Determinate
Rose78Indeterminate
Rosella Purple78Indeterminate
Rugged Boy75 Determinate
Rutgers (Jersey Tomato)75 DeterminateGlobe
San Marzano85IndeterminatePlum
San Marzano Gigante90IndeterminatePlum
San Marzano Lampadina78Indeterminate
San Marzano Nano75 Determinate
San Marzano Scatalone75Indeterminate
Santorange60IndeterminateGrape
Schwarze Sarah79Indeterminate
Southern Night85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Stupice52Indeterminate
Sugar BombsIndeterminate
Summer Pick75 DeterminateBeefsteak
Sun Gold60IndeterminateCherry
Sunshine Blue72IndeterminateCherry
Super Fantastic70Indeterminate
Super Sweet 10065Indeterminate
Supersonic75Indeterminate
Sweet 10070IndeterminateCherry
Talladega67 DeterminateBeefsteak
Tangerine
Taxi68 DeterminateGlobe
Tims Black Ruffles78Indeterminate
Tumbling Tom Red60 Determinate
Tycoon80 DeterminateBeefsteak
Valleycat70 DeterminateBeefsteak
Washington Cherry60 DeterminateCherry
White Cherry75IndeterminateCherry
Wine Jug78IndeterminatePlum
Yellow Bell60IndeterminatePlum
Yellow Brandywine90IndeterminateBeefsteak
Yellow Pear71IndeterminatePlum, Pear
Aunt Sophies90IndeterminateOxheart
Aladdin's Lamp80IndeterminatePear
Brandywine Yellow
IndeterminateBeefsteak
Amana OrangeIndeterminateBeefsteak, Flattened Globe
Barnes MountainIndeterminateBeefsteak
Burning SpearIndeterminateElongated, Plum, Pointed
Dad's SunsetIndeterminateRound
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
  • Big Beef tomatoes are one of the more popular beefsteak tomato varieties. It is highly resistant to many tomato problems like Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, and nematodes. This is an award-winning indeterminate tomato variety that matures around 70 days, which is pretty early for a beefsteak!
  • Cherokee Purple is a type of heirloom tomato that taste incredible! Beefsteak tomatoes generally have a juicy, yet sweet taste and the Cherokee Purple is no different. This variety often produces tomatoes that are 1 pound each, making them perfect for those fresh tomato sandwiches 🙂
  • Mortgage Lifter tomatoes have been a popular heirloom, beefsteak tomato for years. The Mortgage Lifter can produce tomatoes that are 1-2 pounds large, that’s a GINORMOUS tomato.

Beefsteak tomatoes are often compared to oxheart tomatoes, which are more heart-shaped but are just as meaty and get to large sizes.

Are Roma Tomatoes Indeterminate?

roma tomato vine

Roma tomatoes, also called plum tomatoes, are treating canning and making sauce, but they come in many varieties. While there are some varieties of Roma tomatoes that are indeterminate, a lot of them are determinate plants.

  • Amish Paste is one example of a Roma tomato that is indeterminate. Their fruit grows to about 8-12 oz each, and since they’re indeterminate the plant will keep giving fruit throughout the season. Amish Paste is a great plum variety that is great for canning tomatoes and making sauce.

Are Cherry Tomatoes Indeterminate?

cherry tomatoes

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

CultivarDays to MaturityGrowth HabitColorShape
Abe Lincoln75IndeterminateGlobe
Abigail75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Ace 5575 Determinate
Amelia75 Determinate
Amish Paste85IndeterminatePaste
Anna Russian65IndeterminateOxheart
Arkansas Traveler75Indeterminate
Atlas65 DeterminateBeefsteak
Aunt Gertie's Gold75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Azoychka70IndeterminateBeefsteak
Banana Legs72 DeterminatePlum
Basinga80IndeterminateGlobe
Better Boy75Indeterminate
Better Bush68 Determinate
Big Beef73IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big Boy78IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big League47 DeterminateBeefsteak
Big Rainbow 85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big Yellow80IndeterminateGlobe
Biltmore80 DeterminateGlobe
Black Beauty80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Black Cherry68IndeterminateCherry
Black from Tula75IndeterminateHeirloom
Black Krim72IndeterminateBeefsteak
Black Sea Man75Determinate
Blondkopfchen75
Blue Berries 74IndeterminateCherry
Bonny Best80IndeterminateGlobe
Brandywine72IndeterminateBeefsteak
Bush Beefsteak62 DeterminateBeefsteak
Cal Ace75 DeterminateBeefsteak
Candy's Yellow75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Caro Rich80 DeterminateBeefsteak
Celebrity70 DeterminateGlobe
Chef's Choice Orange75Indeterminate
Cherokee Purple75-80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Cherry Bomb64IndeterminateCherry
Cherry Gold45
Chuck's Yellow77IndeterminateBeefsteak
Cream Sausage73 DeterminatePlum
Damsel73IndeterminateGlobe
Dark Galaxy75Indeterminate
Defiant PhR65 DeterminateGlobe
Dr. Wyche's Yellow78IndeterminateBeefsteak
Dwarf Purple Heart70DeterminateDwarf
Early Girl51IndeterminateGlobe
Evan’s Purple Pear75IndeterminatePear
Five Star Grape62IndeterminateGrape
Galahad69 DeterminateBeefsteak
German Johnson76IndeterminateBeefsteak
Giant Oxheart90IndeterminateOxheart
Glacier55Indeterminate
Gold Nugget54 DeterminateCherry
Golden Roma75Roma
Golden Sweet60IndeterminateGrape
Grandaddy72 DeterminateBeefsteak
Grandma Oliver's Green80IndeterminateHeirloom
Grape Tomato60IndeterminateCherry
Green Zebra78 DeterminateSmall
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
Helsing Junction Blues60-65IndeterminateCherry
Hillbilly85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Homestead 2475 Determinate
Independence Day (Fourth of July)49IndeterminateSmall
Indigo Apple75Indeterminate
Indigo Rose75IndeterminateCocktail
Isis Candy65IndeterminateCherry
Japanense Black Trifele80Indeterminate
Jasper60Indeterminate
Jetstar72Indeterminate
Juliet60IndeterminateCherry
Kellogg's Breakfast80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Large Barred Boar65 DeterminateBeefsteak
Legend68 Determinate
Lemon Boy75IndeterminateGlobe
Little Blonde Girl75
Marglobe75 Determinate
Marizol Purple80Indeterminate
Midnight Roma80Semi-DeterminateRoma
Midnight Select72Indeterminate
Mortgage Lifter85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Moskvich60Indeterminate
Mr. Stripey80IndeterminateBeefsteak
New Big Dwarf60 DeterminateBeefsteak
New Yorker63 DeterminateBeefsteak
Oregon Spring65 Determinate
Owen’s Purple75Indeterminate
Paul Robeson78Indeterminate
Pineapple90Indeterminate
Pink Oxheart85IndeterminateOxheart
Pink San Marzano85Indeterminate
Powers Heirloom79IndeterminatePlum
Pride of Flanders70DeterminateCherry
Principe Borghese75 DeterminateGrape
Purple Bumble Bee68IndeterminateCherry
Purple Calabash83IndeterminateBeefsteak
Dwarf Purple Reign75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Purple Russian76IndeterminatePlum
Rapunzel70IndeterminateCherry
Rio Grande80 Determinate
Roma75 Determinate
Rose78Indeterminate
Rosella Purple78Indeterminate
Rugged Boy75 Determinate
Rutgers (Jersey Tomato)75 DeterminateGlobe
San Marzano85IndeterminatePlum
San Marzano Gigante90IndeterminatePlum
San Marzano Lampadina78Indeterminate
San Marzano Nano75 Determinate
San Marzano Scatalone75Indeterminate
Santorange60IndeterminateGrape
Schwarze Sarah79Indeterminate
Southern Night85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Stupice52Indeterminate
Sugar BombsIndeterminate
Summer Pick75 DeterminateBeefsteak
Sun Gold60IndeterminateCherry
Sunshine Blue72IndeterminateCherry
Super Fantastic70Indeterminate
Super Sweet 10065Indeterminate
Supersonic75Indeterminate
Sweet 10070IndeterminateCherry
Talladega67 DeterminateBeefsteak
Tangerine
Taxi68 DeterminateGlobe
Tims Black Ruffles78Indeterminate
Tumbling Tom Red60 Determinate
Tycoon80 DeterminateBeefsteak
Valleycat70 DeterminateBeefsteak
Washington Cherry60 DeterminateCherry
White Cherry75IndeterminateCherry
Wine Jug78IndeterminatePlum
Yellow Bell60IndeterminatePlum
Yellow Brandywine90IndeterminateBeefsteak
Yellow Pear71IndeterminatePlum, Pear
Aunt Sophies90IndeterminateOxheart
Aladdin's Lamp80IndeterminatePear
Brandywine Yellow
IndeterminateBeefsteak
Amana OrangeIndeterminateBeefsteak, Flattened Globe
Barnes MountainIndeterminateBeefsteak
Burning SpearIndeterminateElongated, Plum, Pointed
Dad's SunsetIndeterminateRound
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

Here are some great cherry tomatoes that are indeterminate:

  • Super Sweet 100 tomatoes are beautiful red cherry tomatoes that are great for snacking on when you’re in the garden 🙂 They are a sweeter tomato (thus the name) and much more resistant to common tomato diseases than it’s predecessor, the Sweet 100.
  • Sun Gold are one of the more popular cherry tomato varieties, and they add a great pop of color to any garden with their yellow orange skins. They’re ready to harvest in about 65 days and will continue to produce fruit throughout the growing season since they’re indeterminate.
  • Cherry Bomb tomatoes are classic cherry tomatoes, perfect for a snack in the garden or adding to salads and other dishes. They are late blight resistant, and semi-resistant to early blight as well, giving gardeners more piece of mind if those impact your area regularly.

Are San Marzano Tomatoes Indeterminate?

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.

CultivarDays to MaturityGrowth HabitColorShape
Abe Lincoln75IndeterminateGlobe
Abigail75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Ace 5575 Determinate
Amelia75 Determinate
Amish Paste85IndeterminatePaste
Anna Russian65IndeterminateOxheart
Arkansas Traveler75Indeterminate
Atlas65 DeterminateBeefsteak
Aunt Gertie's Gold75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Azoychka70IndeterminateBeefsteak
Banana Legs72 DeterminatePlum
Basinga80IndeterminateGlobe
Better Boy75Indeterminate
Better Bush68 Determinate
Big Beef73IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big Boy78IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big League47 DeterminateBeefsteak
Big Rainbow 85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Big Yellow80IndeterminateGlobe
Biltmore80 DeterminateGlobe
Black Beauty80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Black Cherry68IndeterminateCherry
Black from Tula75IndeterminateHeirloom
Black Krim72IndeterminateBeefsteak
Black Sea Man75Determinate
Blondkopfchen75
Blue Berries 74IndeterminateCherry
Bonny Best80IndeterminateGlobe
Brandywine72IndeterminateBeefsteak
Bush Beefsteak62 DeterminateBeefsteak
Cal Ace75 DeterminateBeefsteak
Candy's Yellow75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Caro Rich80 DeterminateBeefsteak
Celebrity70 DeterminateGlobe
Chef's Choice Orange75Indeterminate
Cherokee Purple75-80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Cherry Bomb64IndeterminateCherry
Cherry Gold45
Chuck's Yellow77IndeterminateBeefsteak
Cream Sausage73 DeterminatePlum
Damsel73IndeterminateGlobe
Dark Galaxy75Indeterminate
Defiant PhR65 DeterminateGlobe
Dr. Wyche's Yellow78IndeterminateBeefsteak
Dwarf Purple Heart70DeterminateDwarf
Early Girl51IndeterminateGlobe
Evan’s Purple Pear75IndeterminatePear
Five Star Grape62IndeterminateGrape
Galahad69 DeterminateBeefsteak
German Johnson76IndeterminateBeefsteak
Giant Oxheart90IndeterminateOxheart
Glacier55Indeterminate
Gold Nugget54 DeterminateCherry
Golden Roma75Roma
Golden Sweet60IndeterminateGrape
Grandaddy72 DeterminateBeefsteak
Grandma Oliver's Green80IndeterminateHeirloom
Grape Tomato60IndeterminateCherry
Green Zebra78 DeterminateSmall
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
Helsing Junction Blues60-65IndeterminateCherry
Hillbilly85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Homestead 2475 Determinate
Independence Day (Fourth of July)49IndeterminateSmall
Indigo Apple75Indeterminate
Indigo Rose75IndeterminateCocktail
Isis Candy65IndeterminateCherry
Japanense Black Trifele80Indeterminate
Jasper60Indeterminate
Jetstar72Indeterminate
Juliet60IndeterminateCherry
Kellogg's Breakfast80IndeterminateBeefsteak
Large Barred Boar65 DeterminateBeefsteak
Legend68 Determinate
Lemon Boy75IndeterminateGlobe
Little Blonde Girl75
Marglobe75 Determinate
Marizol Purple80Indeterminate
Midnight Roma80Semi-DeterminateRoma
Midnight Select72Indeterminate
Mortgage Lifter85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Moskvich60Indeterminate
Mr. Stripey80IndeterminateBeefsteak
New Big Dwarf60 DeterminateBeefsteak
New Yorker63 DeterminateBeefsteak
Oregon Spring65 Determinate
Owen’s Purple75Indeterminate
Paul Robeson78Indeterminate
Pineapple90Indeterminate
Pink Oxheart85IndeterminateOxheart
Pink San Marzano85Indeterminate
Powers Heirloom79IndeterminatePlum
Pride of Flanders70DeterminateCherry
Principe Borghese75 DeterminateGrape
Purple Bumble Bee68IndeterminateCherry
Purple Calabash83IndeterminateBeefsteak
Dwarf Purple Reign75IndeterminateBeefsteak
Purple Russian76IndeterminatePlum
Rapunzel70IndeterminateCherry
Rio Grande80 Determinate
Roma75 Determinate
Rose78Indeterminate
Rosella Purple78Indeterminate
Rugged Boy75 Determinate
Rutgers (Jersey Tomato)75 DeterminateGlobe
San Marzano85IndeterminatePlum
San Marzano Gigante90IndeterminatePlum
San Marzano Lampadina78Indeterminate
San Marzano Nano75 Determinate
San Marzano Scatalone75Indeterminate
Santorange60IndeterminateGrape
Schwarze Sarah79Indeterminate
Southern Night85IndeterminateBeefsteak
Stupice52Indeterminate
Sugar BombsIndeterminate
Summer Pick75 DeterminateBeefsteak
Sun Gold60IndeterminateCherry
Sunshine Blue72IndeterminateCherry
Super Fantastic70Indeterminate
Super Sweet 10065Indeterminate
Supersonic75Indeterminate
Sweet 10070IndeterminateCherry
Talladega67 DeterminateBeefsteak
Tangerine
Taxi68 DeterminateGlobe
Tims Black Ruffles78Indeterminate
Tumbling Tom Red60 Determinate
Tycoon80 DeterminateBeefsteak
Valleycat70 DeterminateBeefsteak
Washington Cherry60 DeterminateCherry
White Cherry75IndeterminateCherry
Wine Jug78IndeterminatePlum
Yellow Bell60IndeterminatePlum
Yellow Brandywine90IndeterminateBeefsteak
Yellow Pear71IndeterminatePlum, Pear
Aunt Sophies90IndeterminateOxheart
Aladdin's Lamp80IndeterminatePear
Brandywine Yellow
IndeterminateBeefsteak
Amana OrangeIndeterminateBeefsteak, Flattened Globe
Barnes MountainIndeterminateBeefsteak
Burning SpearIndeterminateElongated, Plum, Pointed
Dad's SunsetIndeterminateRound
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

What is a Determinate Tomato Plant?

Determinate tomatoes generally grow to a fixed size and get a little bushier than indeterminate tomato plants, produce fruit all at once in one larger harvest, and then they die off. Determinate tomato plants do have suckers, but you don’t need to remove them.

Common Determinate Tomato Varieties

Determinate tomatoes aren’t bad, they’re just different. You might be surprised to find that some of your favorite tomato varieties are determinate. Here are a few popular determinate tomato varieties:

  • Celebrity Tomato
  • Marglobe
  • Rutgers (or Jersey Tomato)

There are also semi-determinate tomatoes, just to complicated things a whole lot more. 🙂

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 Indeterminate Tomato Plants

With indeterminate varieties, you want to prune off the suckers to get the biggest harvest. Otherwise, you might have a more leafy and pretty-looking plant, but those extra branches won’t produce much fruit and steal energy from the branches that have your tomatoes on them.

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.

You will want to prune both off of the plant before they get more established. You can use simple pair of pruning shears, or oftentimes I’ll just break them off with my fingers.

Make sure to check your tomato plants regularly, as suckers can appear and get BIG within just a few days. Make it a habit to get your plants every 2-3 days for sucker, if not more often.

If you’re growing determinate tomatoes, you don’t want to prune off the suckers. Doing this will decrease your harvest yield by quite a bit as you’re essentially pruning off new growth that could lead to tomatoes.

How to Determine if Tomatoes are Determinate or Indeterminate?

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

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 tend to produce fruit earlier than indeterminates. They will also produce more fruit at once, since their harvest tends to happen all at once.

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 varieties of tomatoes do best when staked or trellised in some way. Tomatoes would grow along the ground if you let them, but this can introduce a whole bunch of diseases and tomato pests you don’t want.

Using a trellis (I love the Florida weave style!) will help indeterminate tomatoes get tall and keep producing fruit for you. Use a tomato cage with indeterminate varieties isn’t my favorite method because they just aren’t tall enough to support 7 foot tall plants which is how tall many indeterminates can get! But for determinates, tomato cages work great!

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

Choosing to Plant Indeterminate vs Determinate 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.

Or plant both, which is what I do! 🙂 Then you get the best of both worlds.

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