There are basically two kinds of tomatoes. They can either be indeterminate varieties, which grow all season long or they can be determinate varieties. Determinate varieties generally follow a standard pattern of quicker development and have their uses in our gardens.
1. They grow to a set height and stop growing
2. All their flowers bloom at once or in a short period of time
3. All the green tomatoes start forming within a short period of time
4. The tomatoes fully ripen within a short window of time (about 10-14 days)
5. After their fruit ripen, the plants die out
When you grow determinate tomatoes, you will end up with a massive amount of ripe fruit all coming at the same time. The video will give you a good idea of what they look like and how they mature.
Determinate tomatoes typically bring tomatoes to your table in 55-65 days. While indeterminate tomatoes may take 80-100 days to deliver mature tomatoes, determinates provide you with a great way to eat tomatoes while you wait for the larger indeterminate varieties to ripen. Determinates are also great in containers and for areas with shorter growing seasons.
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