• Choosing Tomato Varieties

  • Tomatoes are grouped into types according to growth habit and production.

    Determinate types grow in a compact, bush form, requiring little or no staking. Fruit is produced on the ends of the branches; most of the crop ripens at the same time. One or more successive plantings will ensure an extended harvest period. Determinate types are often the choice of those who want a large supply of ripe fruit at once for canning.
    Indeterminate varieties continue to grow and produce fruit all season until first frost. Tomatoes in all stages of development may be on the plants at one time. The plants set fruit clusters along a vining stem, which grows vigorously and long. Under optimum conditions, some can grow over 15′, but in most home gardens they generally reach about 6′. Some indeterminates have a bush form with stockier vines, which set fruit clusters closer together.
    Semi-determinate are in-between these two types. The plants will grow larger than determinate varieties, but not as large as indeterminate. They produce a main crop that ripens at once, but also continue to produce up until frost.
    Tomatoes are also grouped by use, shape, and size. Slicing tomatoes are large and juicy, while paste (sauce/roma/plum) tomatoes are drier (concentrated flavor), with fewer seeds, making them ideal for sauce but also excellent for slicing. Cherry tomatoes are bite-sized and come in several shapes like oblong, pear-shaped or round. Low acid tomatoes are a great tomato alternative  for people with medical diets, cold sores, stomach problems, and acid reflux.
    Tomato Types