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?

Answer from NGA
December 31, 1999


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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