What Is The Difference Between Indeterminate & Determinate? - Knowledgebase Question

St. Louis, MO
Question by soldeasy
March 5, 2000
I was looking through your catalog to choose tomato seeds that I would like to plant this season. Could you explain the difference between indeterminate & determinate?


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Answer from NGA
March 5, 2000

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Determinate varieties have little fresh growth once fruit sets. They produce most of the tomatoes in a short period, thus are good for canning projects, for example.

Indeterminate varieties will continue to put out new shoots and blossoms even after fruit has set. It has a longer producing season, which is nice for eating fresh tomatoes.

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