The Q&A Archives: Determinate & Indeterminate Tomatoes

Question: What do the terms determinate & indeterminate mean in reguards to tomatoes? Is it that determinate plants should not be caged/staked and that indeterminate plants can be staked/caged.

Answer: You may cage or stake or leave any tomato plant to sprawl on the ground, that's a matter of personal preference. Determinate means that the plant grows, blooms, sets fruit in one crop, and stops producing. Indeterminate plants, on the other hand, will continue to grow and produce fruit until stopped by cold weather in the fall.

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