Which Tomatoes are Indeterminate? A-Z List of Indeterminate Varieties

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.

CultivarGrowth HabitDays to Maturity
Abe LincolnIndeterminate75
AbigailIndeterminate75
Ace 55 Determinate75
Amelia Determinate75
Amish PasteIndeterminate85
Anna RussianIndeterminate65
Arkansas TravelerIndeterminate75
Atlas Determinate65
Aunt Gertie's GoldIndeterminate75
AzoychkaIndeterminate70
Banana Legs Determinate72
BasingaIndeterminate80
Better BoyIndeterminate75
Better Bush Determinate68
Big BeefIndeterminate73
Big BoyIndeterminate78
Big League Determinate47
Big Rainbow Indeterminate85
Big YellowIndeterminate80
Biltmore Determinate80
Black BeautyIndeterminate80
Black CherryIndeterminate68
Black from TulaIndeterminate75
Black KrimIndeterminate72
Black Sea ManDeterminate75
Blondkopfchen75
Blue Berries Indeterminate74
Bonny BestIndeterminate80
BrandywineIndeterminate72
Bush Beefsteak Determinate62
Cal Ace Determinate75
Candy's YellowIndeterminate75
Caro Rich Determinate80
Celebrity Determinate70
Chef's Choice OrangeIndeterminate75
Cherokee PurpleIndeterminate75-80
Cherry BombIndeterminate64
Cherry Gold45
Chuck's YellowIndeterminate77
Cream Sausage Determinate73
DamselIndeterminate73
Dark GalaxyIndeterminate75
Defiant PhR Determinate65
Dr. Wyche's YellowIndeterminate78
Dwarf Purple HeartDeterminate70
Early GirlIndeterminate51
Egg YolkIndeterminate70
Evan’s Purple PearIndeterminate75
Five Star GrapeIndeterminate62
Galahad Determinate69
German JohnsonIndeterminate76
Giant OxheartIndeterminate90
GlacierIndeterminate55
Gold Nugget Determinate54
Golden Roma75
Golden SweetIndeterminate60
Grandaddy Determinate72
Grandma Oliver's GreenIndeterminate80
Grape TomatoIndeterminate60
Green Zebra Determinate78
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
Helsing Junction BluesIndeterminate60-65
HillbillyIndeterminate85
Homestead 24 Determinate75
Independence Day (Fourth of July)Indeterminate49
Indigo AppleIndeterminate75
Indigo RoseIndeterminate75
Isis CandyIndeterminate65
Japanense Black TrifeleIndeterminate80
JasperIndeterminate60
JetstarIndeterminate72
JulietIndeterminate60
Kellogg's BreakfastIndeterminate80
Large Barred Boar Determinate65
Legend Determinate68
Lemon BoyIndeterminate75
Little Blonde Girl75
Marglobe Determinate75
Marizol PurpleIndeterminate80
Midnight RomaSemi-Determinate80
Midnight SelectIndeterminate72
Mortgage LifterIndeterminate85
MoskvichIndeterminate60
Mr. StripeyIndeterminate80
New Big Dwarf Determinate60
New Yorker Determinate63
Oregon Spring Determinate65
Owen’s PurpleIndeterminate75
Paul RobesonIndeterminate78
PineappleIndeterminate90
Pink OxheartIndeterminate85
Pink San MarzanoIndeterminate85
Powers HeirloomIndeterminate79
Pride of FlandersDeterminate70
Principe Borghese Determinate75
Purple Bumble BeeIndeterminate68
Purple CalabashIndeterminate83
Dwarf Purple ReignIndeterminate75
Purple RussianIndeterminate76
RapunzelIndeterminate70
Rio Grande Determinate80
Roma Determinate75
RoseIndeterminate78
Rosella PurpleIndeterminate78
Rugged Boy Determinate75
Rutgers (Jersey Tomato) Determinate75
San MarzanoIndeterminate85
San Marzano GiganteIndeterminate90
San Marzano LampadinaIndeterminate78
San Marzano Nano Determinate75
San Marzano ScataloneIndeterminate75
SantorangeIndeterminate60
Schwarze SarahIndeterminate79
Southern NightIndeterminate85
StupiceIndeterminate52
Sugar BombsIndeterminate
Summer Pick Determinate75
Sun GoldIndeterminate60
Sunshine BlueIndeterminate72
Super FantasticIndeterminate70
Super Sweet 100Indeterminate65
SupersonicIndeterminate75
Sweet 100Indeterminate70
Talladega Determinate67
Tangerine
Taxi Determinate68
Tims Black RufflesIndeterminate78
Tumbling Tom Red Determinate60
Tycoon Determinate80
Valleycat Determinate70
Washington Cherry Determinate60
White CherryIndeterminate75
Wine JugIndeterminate78
Yellow BellIndeterminate60
Yellow BrandywineIndeterminate90
Yellow PearIndeterminate71
Aunt SophiesIndeterminate90
Aladdin's LampIndeterminate80
Amana OrangeIndeterminate
Barnes MountainIndeterminate
Burning SpearIndeterminate
Dad's SunsetIndeterminate
Woodle Orange
Yellow Teardrop
Big Girl
orange jubilee tomato
Yellow JubileeIndeterminate65-80
Golden Sweet Cherry Tomato
Golden SunrayIndeterminate75
jaune flamme tomato
persimmon tomato plants
valencia heirloom tomato
carolina gold tomatoes
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.

CultivarShapeGrowth HabitDays to MaturityWhere to Buy
Abe LincolnGlobeIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
AbigailBeefsteakIndeterminate75
Ace 55 Determinate75Buy Seeds
Amelia Determinate75
Amish PastePasteIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
Anna RussianOxheartIndeterminate65
Arkansas TravelerIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
AtlasBeefsteak Determinate65
Aunt Gertie's GoldBeefsteakIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
AzoychkaBeefsteakIndeterminate70Buy Seeds
Banana LegsPlum Determinate72Buy Seeds
BasingaGlobeIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
Better BoyIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Better Bush Determinate68
Big BeefBeefsteakIndeterminate73Buy Seeds
Big BoyBeefsteakIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Big LeagueBeefsteak Determinate47
Big Rainbow BeefsteakIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
Big YellowGlobeIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
BiltmoreGlobe Determinate80
Black BeautyBeefsteakIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
Black CherryCherryIndeterminate68Buy Seeds
Black from TulaHeirloomIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Black KrimBeefsteakIndeterminate72Buy Seeds
Black Sea ManDeterminate75Buy Seeds
Blondkopfchen75
Blue Berries CherryIndeterminate74Buy Seeds
Bonny BestGlobeIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
BrandywineBeefsteakIndeterminate72Buy Seeds
Bush BeefsteakBeefsteak Determinate62
Cal AceBeefsteak Determinate75Buy Seeds
Candy's YellowBeefsteakIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Caro RichBeefsteak Determinate80Buy Seeds
CelebrityGlobe Determinate70Buy Seeds
Chef's Choice OrangeIndeterminate75
Cherokee PurpleBeefsteakIndeterminate75-80Buy Seeds
Cherry BombCherryIndeterminate64
Cherry GoldCherry45
Chuck's YellowBeefsteakIndeterminate77Buy Seeds
Cream SausagePlum Determinate73Buy Seeds
DamselGlobeIndeterminate73
Dark GalaxyIndeterminate75
Defiant PhRGlobe Determinate65
Dr. Wyche's YellowBeefsteakIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Dwarf Purple HeartDwarfDeterminate70
Early GirlGlobeIndeterminate51
Egg YolkCherryIndeterminate70Buy Seeds
Evan’s Purple PearPearIndeterminate75
Five Star GrapeGrapeIndeterminate62
GalahadBeefsteak Determinate69
German JohnsonBeefsteakIndeterminate76
Giant OxheartOxheartIndeterminate90
GlacierIndeterminate55
Gold NuggetCherry Determinate54Buy Seeds
Golden RomaRoma75
Golden SweetGrapeIndeterminate60
GrandaddyBeefsteak Determinate72
Grandma Oliver's GreenHeirloomIndeterminate80
Grape TomatoCherryIndeterminate60Buy Seeds
Green ZebraSmall Determinate78
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
Helsing Junction BluesCherryIndeterminate60-65Buy Seeds
HillbillyBeefsteakIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
Homestead 24 Determinate75
Independence Day (Fourth of July)SmallIndeterminate49
Indigo AppleIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Indigo RoseCocktailIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Isis CandyCherryIndeterminate65Buy Seeds
Japanense Black TrifeleIndeterminate80
JasperIndeterminate60
JetstarIndeterminate72
JulietCherryIndeterminate60
Kellogg's BreakfastBeefsteakIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
Large Barred BoarBeefsteak Determinate65
Legend Determinate68
Lemon BoyGlobeIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Little Blonde Girl75
Marglobe Determinate75
Marizol PurpleIndeterminate80
Midnight RomaRomaSemi-Determinate80
Midnight SelectIndeterminate72Buy Seeds
Mortgage LifterBeefsteakIndeterminate85
MoskvichIndeterminate60
Mr. StripeyBeefsteakIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
New Big DwarfBeefsteak Determinate60
New YorkerBeefsteak Determinate63
Oregon Spring Determinate65
Owen’s PurpleIndeterminate75
Paul RobesonIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
PineappleIndeterminate90Buy Seeds
Pink OxheartOxheartIndeterminate85
Pink San MarzanoIndeterminate85
Powers HeirloomPlumIndeterminate79Buy Seeds
Pride of FlandersCherryDeterminate70Buy Seeds
Principe BorgheseGrape Determinate75
Purple Bumble BeeCherryIndeterminate68Buy Seeds
Purple CalabashBeefsteakIndeterminate83Buy Seeds
Dwarf Purple ReignBeefsteakIndeterminate75
Purple RussianPlumIndeterminate76Buy Seeds
RapunzelCherryIndeterminate70
Rio Grande Determinate80
Roma Determinate75
RoseIndeterminate78
Rosella PurpleIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Rugged Boy Determinate75
Rutgers (Jersey Tomato)Globe Determinate75
San MarzanoPlumIndeterminate85
San Marzano GigantePlumIndeterminate90
San Marzano LampadinaIndeterminate78
San Marzano Nano Determinate75
San Marzano ScataloneIndeterminate75
SantorangeGrapeIndeterminate60
Schwarze SarahIndeterminate79Buy Seeds
Southern NightBeefsteakIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
StupiceIndeterminate52
Sugar BombsIndeterminate
Summer PickBeefsteak Determinate75
Sun GoldCherryIndeterminate60Buy Seeds
Sunshine BlueCherryIndeterminate72
Super FantasticIndeterminate70
Super Sweet 100Indeterminate65
SupersonicIndeterminate75
Sweet 100CherryIndeterminate70
TalladegaBeefsteak Determinate67
Tangerine
TaxiGlobe Determinate68
Tims Black RufflesIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Tumbling Tom Red Determinate60
TycoonBeefsteak Determinate80
ValleycatBeefsteak Determinate70
Washington CherryCherry Determinate60
White CherryCherryIndeterminate75
Wine JugPlumIndeterminate78
Yellow BellPlumIndeterminate60
Yellow BrandywineBeefsteakIndeterminate90Buy Seeds
Yellow PearPlum, PearIndeterminate71Buy Seeds
Aunt SophiesOxheartIndeterminate90
Aladdin's LampPearIndeterminate80
Amana OrangeBeefsteak, Flattened GlobeIndeterminate
Barnes MountainBeefsteakIndeterminate
Burning SpearElongated, Plum, PointedIndeterminate
Dad's SunsetRoundIndeterminate
Woodle Orange
Yellow Teardrop
Big Girl
orange jubilee tomato
Yellow JubileeRoundIndeterminate65-80Buy Seeds
Golden Sweet Cherry Tomato
Golden SunrayRoundIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
jaune flamme tomato
persimmon tomato plants
valencia heirloom tomato
carolina gold tomatoes
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.

CultivarShapeGrowth HabitDays to MaturityWhere to Buy
Abe LincolnGlobeIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
AbigailBeefsteakIndeterminate75
Ace 55 Determinate75Buy Seeds
Amelia Determinate75
Amish PastePasteIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
Anna RussianOxheartIndeterminate65
Arkansas TravelerIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
AtlasBeefsteak Determinate65
Aunt Gertie's GoldBeefsteakIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
AzoychkaBeefsteakIndeterminate70Buy Seeds
Banana LegsPlum Determinate72Buy Seeds
BasingaGlobeIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
Better BoyIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Better Bush Determinate68
Big BeefBeefsteakIndeterminate73Buy Seeds
Big BoyBeefsteakIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Big LeagueBeefsteak Determinate47
Big Rainbow BeefsteakIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
Big YellowGlobeIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
BiltmoreGlobe Determinate80
Black BeautyBeefsteakIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
Black CherryCherryIndeterminate68Buy Seeds
Black from TulaHeirloomIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Black KrimBeefsteakIndeterminate72Buy Seeds
Black Sea ManDeterminate75Buy Seeds
Blondkopfchen75
Blue Berries CherryIndeterminate74Buy Seeds
Bonny BestGlobeIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
BrandywineBeefsteakIndeterminate72Buy Seeds
Bush BeefsteakBeefsteak Determinate62
Cal AceBeefsteak Determinate75Buy Seeds
Candy's YellowBeefsteakIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Caro RichBeefsteak Determinate80Buy Seeds
CelebrityGlobe Determinate70Buy Seeds
Chef's Choice OrangeIndeterminate75
Cherokee PurpleBeefsteakIndeterminate75-80Buy Seeds
Cherry BombCherryIndeterminate64
Cherry GoldCherry45
Chuck's YellowBeefsteakIndeterminate77Buy Seeds
Cream SausagePlum Determinate73Buy Seeds
DamselGlobeIndeterminate73
Dark GalaxyIndeterminate75
Defiant PhRGlobe Determinate65
Dr. Wyche's YellowBeefsteakIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Dwarf Purple HeartDwarfDeterminate70
Early GirlGlobeIndeterminate51
Egg YolkCherryIndeterminate70Buy Seeds
Evan’s Purple PearPearIndeterminate75
Five Star GrapeGrapeIndeterminate62
GalahadBeefsteak Determinate69
German JohnsonBeefsteakIndeterminate76
Giant OxheartOxheartIndeterminate90
GlacierIndeterminate55
Gold NuggetCherry Determinate54Buy Seeds
Golden RomaRoma75
Golden SweetGrapeIndeterminate60
GrandaddyBeefsteak Determinate72
Grandma Oliver's GreenHeirloomIndeterminate80
Grape TomatoCherryIndeterminate60Buy Seeds
Green ZebraSmall Determinate78
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
Helsing Junction BluesCherryIndeterminate60-65Buy Seeds
HillbillyBeefsteakIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
Homestead 24 Determinate75
Independence Day (Fourth of July)SmallIndeterminate49
Indigo AppleIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Indigo RoseCocktailIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Isis CandyCherryIndeterminate65Buy Seeds
Japanense Black TrifeleIndeterminate80
JasperIndeterminate60
JetstarIndeterminate72
JulietCherryIndeterminate60
Kellogg's BreakfastBeefsteakIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
Large Barred BoarBeefsteak Determinate65
Legend Determinate68
Lemon BoyGlobeIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Little Blonde Girl75
Marglobe Determinate75
Marizol PurpleIndeterminate80
Midnight RomaRomaSemi-Determinate80
Midnight SelectIndeterminate72Buy Seeds
Mortgage LifterBeefsteakIndeterminate85
MoskvichIndeterminate60
Mr. StripeyBeefsteakIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
New Big DwarfBeefsteak Determinate60
New YorkerBeefsteak Determinate63
Oregon Spring Determinate65
Owen’s PurpleIndeterminate75
Paul RobesonIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
PineappleIndeterminate90Buy Seeds
Pink OxheartOxheartIndeterminate85
Pink San MarzanoIndeterminate85
Powers HeirloomPlumIndeterminate79Buy Seeds
Pride of FlandersCherryDeterminate70Buy Seeds
Principe BorgheseGrape Determinate75
Purple Bumble BeeCherryIndeterminate68Buy Seeds
Purple CalabashBeefsteakIndeterminate83Buy Seeds
Dwarf Purple ReignBeefsteakIndeterminate75
Purple RussianPlumIndeterminate76Buy Seeds
RapunzelCherryIndeterminate70
Rio Grande Determinate80
Roma Determinate75
RoseIndeterminate78
Rosella PurpleIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Rugged Boy Determinate75
Rutgers (Jersey Tomato)Globe Determinate75
San MarzanoPlumIndeterminate85
San Marzano GigantePlumIndeterminate90
San Marzano LampadinaIndeterminate78
San Marzano Nano Determinate75
San Marzano ScataloneIndeterminate75
SantorangeGrapeIndeterminate60
Schwarze SarahIndeterminate79Buy Seeds
Southern NightBeefsteakIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
StupiceIndeterminate52
Sugar BombsIndeterminate
Summer PickBeefsteak Determinate75
Sun GoldCherryIndeterminate60Buy Seeds
Sunshine BlueCherryIndeterminate72
Super FantasticIndeterminate70
Super Sweet 100Indeterminate65
SupersonicIndeterminate75
Sweet 100CherryIndeterminate70
TalladegaBeefsteak Determinate67
Tangerine
TaxiGlobe Determinate68
Tims Black RufflesIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Tumbling Tom Red Determinate60
TycoonBeefsteak Determinate80
ValleycatBeefsteak Determinate70
Washington CherryCherry Determinate60
White CherryCherryIndeterminate75
Wine JugPlumIndeterminate78
Yellow BellPlumIndeterminate60
Yellow BrandywineBeefsteakIndeterminate90Buy Seeds
Yellow PearPlum, PearIndeterminate71Buy Seeds
Aunt SophiesOxheartIndeterminate90
Aladdin's LampPearIndeterminate80
Amana OrangeBeefsteak, Flattened GlobeIndeterminate
Barnes MountainBeefsteakIndeterminate
Burning SpearElongated, Plum, PointedIndeterminate
Dad's SunsetRoundIndeterminate
Woodle Orange
Yellow Teardrop
Big Girl
orange jubilee tomato
Yellow JubileeRoundIndeterminate65-80Buy Seeds
Golden Sweet Cherry Tomato
Golden SunrayRoundIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
jaune flamme tomato
persimmon tomato plants
valencia heirloom tomato
carolina gold tomatoes
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.

CultivarShapeGrowth HabitDays to MaturityWhere to Buy
Abe LincolnGlobeIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
AbigailBeefsteakIndeterminate75
Ace 55 Determinate75Buy Seeds
Amelia Determinate75
Amish PastePasteIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
Anna RussianOxheartIndeterminate65
Arkansas TravelerIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
AtlasBeefsteak Determinate65
Aunt Gertie's GoldBeefsteakIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
AzoychkaBeefsteakIndeterminate70Buy Seeds
Banana LegsPlum Determinate72Buy Seeds
BasingaGlobeIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
Better BoyIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Better Bush Determinate68
Big BeefBeefsteakIndeterminate73Buy Seeds
Big BoyBeefsteakIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Big LeagueBeefsteak Determinate47
Big Rainbow BeefsteakIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
Big YellowGlobeIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
BiltmoreGlobe Determinate80
Black BeautyBeefsteakIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
Black CherryCherryIndeterminate68Buy Seeds
Black from TulaHeirloomIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Black KrimBeefsteakIndeterminate72Buy Seeds
Black Sea ManDeterminate75Buy Seeds
Blondkopfchen75
Blue Berries CherryIndeterminate74Buy Seeds
Bonny BestGlobeIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
BrandywineBeefsteakIndeterminate72Buy Seeds
Bush BeefsteakBeefsteak Determinate62
Cal AceBeefsteak Determinate75Buy Seeds
Candy's YellowBeefsteakIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Caro RichBeefsteak Determinate80Buy Seeds
CelebrityGlobe Determinate70Buy Seeds
Chef's Choice OrangeIndeterminate75
Cherokee PurpleBeefsteakIndeterminate75-80Buy Seeds
Cherry BombCherryIndeterminate64
Cherry GoldCherry45
Chuck's YellowBeefsteakIndeterminate77Buy Seeds
Cream SausagePlum Determinate73Buy Seeds
DamselGlobeIndeterminate73
Dark GalaxyIndeterminate75
Defiant PhRGlobe Determinate65
Dr. Wyche's YellowBeefsteakIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Dwarf Purple HeartDwarfDeterminate70
Early GirlGlobeIndeterminate51
Egg YolkCherryIndeterminate70Buy Seeds
Evan’s Purple PearPearIndeterminate75
Five Star GrapeGrapeIndeterminate62
GalahadBeefsteak Determinate69
German JohnsonBeefsteakIndeterminate76
Giant OxheartOxheartIndeterminate90
GlacierIndeterminate55
Gold NuggetCherry Determinate54Buy Seeds
Golden RomaRoma75
Golden SweetGrapeIndeterminate60
GrandaddyBeefsteak Determinate72
Grandma Oliver's GreenHeirloomIndeterminate80
Grape TomatoCherryIndeterminate60Buy Seeds
Green ZebraSmall Determinate78
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry
Helsing Junction BluesCherryIndeterminate60-65Buy Seeds
HillbillyBeefsteakIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
Homestead 24 Determinate75
Independence Day (Fourth of July)SmallIndeterminate49
Indigo AppleIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Indigo RoseCocktailIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Isis CandyCherryIndeterminate65Buy Seeds
Japanense Black TrifeleIndeterminate80
JasperIndeterminate60
JetstarIndeterminate72
JulietCherryIndeterminate60
Kellogg's BreakfastBeefsteakIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
Large Barred BoarBeefsteak Determinate65
Legend Determinate68
Lemon BoyGlobeIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
Little Blonde Girl75
Marglobe Determinate75
Marizol PurpleIndeterminate80
Midnight RomaRomaSemi-Determinate80
Midnight SelectIndeterminate72Buy Seeds
Mortgage LifterBeefsteakIndeterminate85
MoskvichIndeterminate60
Mr. StripeyBeefsteakIndeterminate80Buy Seeds
New Big DwarfBeefsteak Determinate60
New YorkerBeefsteak Determinate63
Oregon Spring Determinate65
Owen’s PurpleIndeterminate75
Paul RobesonIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
PineappleIndeterminate90Buy Seeds
Pink OxheartOxheartIndeterminate85
Pink San MarzanoIndeterminate85
Powers HeirloomPlumIndeterminate79Buy Seeds
Pride of FlandersCherryDeterminate70Buy Seeds
Principe BorgheseGrape Determinate75
Purple Bumble BeeCherryIndeterminate68Buy Seeds
Purple CalabashBeefsteakIndeterminate83Buy Seeds
Dwarf Purple ReignBeefsteakIndeterminate75
Purple RussianPlumIndeterminate76Buy Seeds
RapunzelCherryIndeterminate70
Rio Grande Determinate80
Roma Determinate75
RoseIndeterminate78
Rosella PurpleIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Rugged Boy Determinate75
Rutgers (Jersey Tomato)Globe Determinate75
San MarzanoPlumIndeterminate85
San Marzano GigantePlumIndeterminate90
San Marzano LampadinaIndeterminate78
San Marzano Nano Determinate75
San Marzano ScataloneIndeterminate75
SantorangeGrapeIndeterminate60
Schwarze SarahIndeterminate79Buy Seeds
Southern NightBeefsteakIndeterminate85Buy Seeds
StupiceIndeterminate52
Sugar BombsIndeterminate
Summer PickBeefsteak Determinate75
Sun GoldCherryIndeterminate60Buy Seeds
Sunshine BlueCherryIndeterminate72
Super FantasticIndeterminate70
Super Sweet 100Indeterminate65
SupersonicIndeterminate75
Sweet 100CherryIndeterminate70
TalladegaBeefsteak Determinate67
Tangerine
TaxiGlobe Determinate68
Tims Black RufflesIndeterminate78Buy Seeds
Tumbling Tom Red Determinate60
TycoonBeefsteak Determinate80
ValleycatBeefsteak Determinate70
Washington CherryCherry Determinate60
White CherryCherryIndeterminate75
Wine JugPlumIndeterminate78
Yellow BellPlumIndeterminate60
Yellow BrandywineBeefsteakIndeterminate90Buy Seeds
Yellow PearPlum, PearIndeterminate71Buy Seeds
Aunt SophiesOxheartIndeterminate90
Aladdin's LampPearIndeterminate80
Amana OrangeBeefsteak, Flattened GlobeIndeterminate
Barnes MountainBeefsteakIndeterminate
Burning SpearElongated, Plum, PointedIndeterminate
Dad's SunsetRoundIndeterminate
Woodle Orange
Yellow Teardrop
Big Girl
orange jubilee tomato
Yellow JubileeRoundIndeterminate65-80Buy Seeds
Golden Sweet Cherry Tomato
Golden SunrayRoundIndeterminate75Buy Seeds
jaune flamme tomato
persimmon tomato plants
valencia heirloom tomato
carolina gold tomatoes
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 of 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 determinate vs indeterminate tomato 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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