What Tomatoes Are Determinate? (Printable List Of 18 Types)


Are you looking for a list of determinate tomatoes?  If so, you’ve come to the right place.  I’ve also included a link to a printable PDF with the list in this article.

So, what tomatoes are determinate?  Indeterminate tomato varieties include some cherry, grape, Roma, beefsteak, slicer, and heirloom varieties.  Here are some indeterminate tomato varieties:

  • Celebrity
  • Chiquita
  • Defiant PhR
  • Galahad
  • Glacier
  • Gold Nugget
  • Grand Marshall
  • Mountain Fresh Plus
  • Mountain Merit
  • Oregon Spring
  • Paisano
  • Plum Regal
  • Polbig
  • Skyway
  • Sunrise Sauce
  • Tasmanian Chocolate
  • Valley Girl
  • Washington Cherry

Of course, there are many more determinate tomato varieties than what I have listed here.  However, this is a good start if you want to grow look over some options for determinate tomatoes to grow in your garden this year.

What Tomatoes Are Determinate? (List Of Determinate Tomatoes)

Below, I have included a table of determinate tomatoes, arranged in order of increasing size (approximate). You can also download the table of determinate tomato varieties as a free PDF here.

Note: for more information on the size of various tomatoes, check out my article on how much tomatoes weigh.

VarietyTypeFruit
Size
CelebritySlicerMedium
ChiquitaGrapeTiny
Defiant
PhR
SlicerMedium
GalahadBeefsteakMedium
/Large
GlacierHeirloomTiny
Gold
Nugget
CherryTiny
Grand
Marshall
BeefsteakLarge
Mountain
Fresh
Plus
SlicerLarge
Mountain
Merit
SlicerLarge
Oregon
Spring
SlicerMedium
PaisanoPasteSmall
Plum RegalPlumSmall
PolbigSlicerMedium
SkywayBeefsteakLarge
Sunrise
Sauce
PasteSmall
Tasmanian
Chocolate
HeirloomSmall
Valley GirlSlicerMedium
Washington
Cherry
CherryTiny
You can download this table of determinate
tomato varieties as a PDF here.

Are Roma Tomatoes Determinate?

Roma tomatoes, or plum tomatoes, can be either indeterminate or determinate.

ripe Roma tomatoes
Roma tomatoes, or plum tomatoes, can be indeterminate or determinate.

Some Roma tomatoes are indeterminate.  For example, the Organic Granadero Tomato from Johnny’s Selected Seeds is an indeterminate Roma tomato variety.

The fruits on this plant are red, and they weigh 4 to 5 ounces.

Other Roma tomatoes are determinate.  For example, the Plum Regal Tomato from Johnny’s Selected Seeds is a determinate Roma tomato variety.

The fruits on this plant are tall and red, and they weigh 4 ounces.

Are Beefsteak Tomatoes Determinate?

Beefsteak tomatoes, or slicer tomatoes, can be either determinate or indeterminate.

beefsteak tomatoes
Beefsteak tomatoes, or slicer tomatoes, are large and can fit an entire slice of bread for a sandwich when cut horizontally. Beefsteak tomatoes can be indeterminate or determinate.

Some beefsteak tomatoes are indeterminate.  For example, the Big Beef Tomato from Johnny’s Selected seeds is an indeterminate Beefsteak variety.

The fruits on this plant are red, and they weigh 10 to 12 ounces.

Other beefsteak tomatoes are determinate.  For example, the Bush Beefsteak Tomato from TomatoFest is a determinate beefsteak tomato variety.

The fruits on this plant are red, and they weigh 8 to 10 ounces.

Are San Marzano Tomatoes Determinate?

San Marzano tomatoes, or paste tomatoes, can be either indeterminate or determinate.

San Marzano tomatoes
San Marzano tomatoes (paste tomatoes) can be either indeterminate or determinate.
Image courtesy of user: Assianir via: Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pomodori_san_Marzano.jpg

Some San Marzano tomatoes are indeterminate.  For example, the Organic San Marzano II from Johnny’s Selected seeds is an indeterminate San Marzano variety.

The fruits on this plant are red, and they weigh 4 to 6 ounces.

Other San Marzano tomatoes are semi-determinate.  For example, the Organic Heirloom San Marzano  from TomatoFest is a determinate San Marzano tomato variety.

The fruits on this plant are red and slim at 2-3 inches long.

Are Cherry Tomatoes Determinate?

Cherry tomatoes, one of the smallest types, can be either indeterminate or determinate.

cherry tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are tiny but delicious tomatoes. They can be indeterminate or determinate.

Some cherry tomatoes are indeterminate.  For example, the Sun Gold Tomato from Johnny’s Selected seeds is an indeterminate cherry tomato variety.

The fruits on this plant are bright orange and weigh 15 to 20 grams.

Other cherry tomatoes are determinate.  For example, the Gold Nugget Organic Tomato from Johnny’s Selected Seeds is a determinate cherry tomato variety.

The fruits on this plant are deep yellow and weigh 15 to 20 grams.

Are Heirloom Tomatoes Determinate?

Heirloom tomatoes, which are non-hybrids, can be either indeterminate or determinate.

heirloom tomato
Some heirloom tomatoes are huge – that is a standard size index card next to it! Heirloom tomatoes can be indeterminate or determinate.

Some heirloom tomatoes are indeterminate.  For example, the Rose Organic Tomato from Johnny’s Selected seeds is an indeterminate heirloom variety.

The fruits on this plant are deep pink, and they weigh 10 ounces or more to rival Brandywine tomatoes!

Other heirloom tomatoes are determinate.  For example, the Glacier Organic Tomato from Johnny’s Selected Seeds is a determinate heirloom tomato variety.

The fruits on this plant are red and round and weigh 1 to 2 ounces.

Are Grape Tomatoes Determinate?

Grape tomatoes, a smaller type of tomatoes, can be either indeterminate or determinate.

grape tomatoes
Grape tomatoes are small but delicious. They can be indeterminate or determinate.

Some grape tomatoes are indeterminate.  For example, the Juliet Tomato from Johnny’s Selected seeds is an indeterminate grape tomato variety.

The fruits on this plant are a deep, shiny red and weigh 1.5 to 2 ounces.

Other grape tomatoes are determinate.  For example, the Chiquita Tomato from Johnny’s Selected Seeds is a determinate grape tomato variety.

The fruits on this plant are deep rose-pink and weigh 12 to 15 grams.

Are Celebrity Tomatoes Determinate?

Celebrity tomatoes are semi-determinate.  This means they grow to a fixed height (like determinate tomatoes), but keep producing fruit until frost kills them (like indeterminate tomatoes).

Celebrity tomatoes
Celebrity tomatoes are considered semi-determinate.
Image courtesy of user:
Rob Duval via:
Wikimedia Commons:
https://commons.
wikimedia.org/wiki/File:
Celebrity-fruit.jpg

You can find Celebrity Tomatoes at Bonnie Plants.

The fruits on this plant are red and weigh 7 to 8 ounces.

Are Rutgers Tomatoes Determinate?

Rutgers tomatoes, a specific variety of tomatoes, can be either indeterminate or determinate.  The original strain was an indeterminate variety.

For example, the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database lists this Rutgers tomato as an indeterminate variety.

They also list this Rutgers Improved PS as a determinate variety.

Are Sungold Tomatoes Determinate?

Sungold tomatoes are not determinate – they are an indeterminate variety.  This means that they will grow tall and continue to produce fruit until frost stops them from doing so.

How To Tell Determinate From Indeterminate Tomatoes

There are two basic types of tomatoes: determinate and indeterminate.  The main differences are how tall they grow and the time frames for producing fruit.

I have included a table below to compare determinate and indeterminate tomatoes head-to-head.  There is more detailed information about each type after the table.

TraitDeterminateIndeterminate
Height at
Maturity
4 feet6 feet
or more
Growth
Habit
bushvine
Flower
Clusters
1 to 3many
Harvest
Window
shortuntil
frost
Supportcagestake or
trellises
This table compares determinate and
indeterminate tomato varieties.

Determinate Tomatoes

Determinate tomato varieties tend to grow like a bush: thick and dense, but short.  According to the University of New Hampshire Extension, determinate tomato plants set a terminal bud at around 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall and then stop growing.

According to the Penn State University Extension, the stems of determinate tomato plants stop growing after 1 to 3 flower clusters form on the plant.

Determinate tomato plants tend to start producing fruit earlier than indeterminate tomato plants.  However, determinate tomato plants produce fruit during a shorter time frame than indeterminate tomato plants.

Determinate tomato varieties do not need much for support.  However, if you don’t want them to crawl along the ground, tomato cages work well to support them.

plant cage
Determinate tomatoes do well with cages as support.

You can learn more about tomato cages (and why to use them) in my article here.

Indeterminate Tomatoes

Indeterminate tomato varieties tend to grow like a vine: long and thin.  According to the University of Georgia Extension, indeterminate tomato plants continue to produce fruit slowly throughout the growing season, until frost ends the season.

Indeterminate tomato plants start to set flowers and produce fruit later in the growing season than determinate tomato varieties. However, they can produce fruit more than once, up until they succumb to frost or disease.

The suckers (side shoots) of indeterminate tomato varieties are sometimes pruned to keep them neat and disease-free.

According to the Mississippi State University Extension, indeterminate varieties are heavily pruned when trellised, moderately pruned when staked, and lightly pruned when caged.

Indeterminate tomato plants can easily grow to a height of 7 feet (2.1 meters) or taller. However, they will need support to reach this height.

Without support, indeterminate tomatoes will fall over and creep along the ground, or their main vine will break.

You can use a trellis to support indeterminate tomato plants, but tall stakes are also an option.

Pinterest Do Tomato Plants Bear Fruit More Than Once
Tall stakes work well for supporting indeterminate tomato varieties.

You can learn more about how to support tomato plants in my article here.

Semi-Determinate Tomatoes

Semi-determinate tomato varieties share some characteristics of both determinate and indeterminate varieties.

For example, semi-determinate tomato varieties grow to a limited height, just like determinate tomato varieties.

On the other hand, semi-determinate tomato varieties can produce fruit until frost ends the season, just like indeterminate tomato varieties.

Conclusion

Now you have a list of determinate tomato varieties for reference.  You also know the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes.

You can also find a list of indeterminate tomatoes in my article here.

You can learn more about how much different types of tomatoes weigh in my article here.

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~Jonathon

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