What is the difference between indeterminate and determinate tomatoes?
After each variety of tomato in our catalog, you will see the abbreviation Det. for determinate, or Indet. for indeterminate. But what does this mean?
Generally speaking, determinate varieties bear their fruit over a short period of time. They tend to have a more compact growth habit, and can be suitable for smaller gardens or containers. Indeterminate varieties bear fruit over a longer period, and when healthy, they often continue producing until frost stops them. They usually need a bit more space, and will need trellising, caging or staking to keep the plants from falling over as they continue to grow.