Meanings Of Determinate And Indeterminate - Knowledgebase Question

Big Pine Key, FL
Question by lhiy
December 31, 1999
What is the meaning of the words "determinate" and "indeterminate" as used to describe tomato plants?


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Answer from NGA
December 31, 1999

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Determinate plants set a crop of tomatoes and then stop growing and producing flowers and fruit. This is very useful if you can your tomatoes because all the fruit ripen within a short period. Indeterminate plants will keep growing and producing as long as growing conditions are favorable.

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