Determinate tomatoes have a plant habit that is bush-like and relatively short. The fruit set typically is concentrated into one or two waves and is often finished well before frost.
* 2-3 ft tall plants
* Concentrated fruit set for easy harvest and/or precessing
* Shorter plants do not need trellising
* Often earlier ripening fruit and better cool weather tolerance
We do not cage or trellis our determinate tomatoes, instead we just let them sprawl on the ground. Using tomato cages for determinate types may be beneficial in some circumstances but it is usually not necessary. There is no need to prune suckers on determinate tomatoes. In this case it does not provide much benefit and it reduces yields.
Other tomato growth habits include: Dwarf, Semi-Determinate, and Indeterminate.
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