One of the most common questions we hear about growing tomatoes has to do with the types of tomatoes, specifically the designation as determinate or indeterminate tomatoes and what they mean.
Determinate vs. Indeterminate: What is the difference?
The main difference between and determinate tomato and an indeterminate tomato is that the determinate type produces all of its fruit at once, while indeterminate types will continue to produce all season long. Generally speaking, determinate tomato plants are more bush-like while indeterminate tomato plants tend to grow larger, vining and climbing. This is not always the case, but for the most part you will find it to be accurate.
What type of tomato should I grow?
When it comes to deciding the right type of tomato to grow in your urban garden, the answer depends entirely on what you intend to do with the fruits of your labors.
If you plan to can your own tomatoes, you will need an adequate supply that is ripe and ready for canning when you are, so selecting a couple of determinate varieties would be a wise choice. Be sure to pay attention to the information provided with your tomatoes to find out how long they will take to produce so that you will be ready to preserve your harvest.
If you want slicing, snacking and salad tomatoes, or if you just want a steady, regular supply for the kitchen, indeterminate varieties are a safe bet.
Regardless of the type of tomato plants you grow, be sure to check out our Growing Guide to get the most out of your garden!