Container Growing of Indeterminate Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Pittsburgh, PA
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Question by ojfinn2
May 17, 1998
I have grown both San Marzano and Bush Better Boy tomatoes on a rooftop container garden for the past five years. I'm interested in growing Burpee Long-Keeper Tomatoes in containers as well, but I'm fearful that a indeterminate variety will become unmanageable. Is there any specific way to prune indeterminate varieties to make them more compact for container gardening? Since it's already mid-May, can I plant seeds directly in the container without using a peat pot or some other device for germination?

Answer from NGA
May 17, 1998
You can certainly direct seed into the container, assuming the soil temperature is warm.

Unfortunately, healthy indeterminate tomatoes can grow very large. You might try growing them on a trellis so that you can direct and control their growth into a manageable pattern. Unfortunately there really is no way to keep them both compact and producing well.

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