What Tomatoes Are Indeterminate? (Printable List Of 22 Types!)


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

So, what tomatoes are indeterminate?  Indeterminate tomato varieties include some cherry, grape, paste, Roma (plum), beefsteak, heirloom, and unique varieties.  Here are some indeterminate tomato varieties:

  • Sungold (cherry)
  • Sweet 100 (cherry)
  • Yellow Pear (cherry)
  • Black Cherry (cherry)
  • White Cherry (cherry)
  • Red Grape (grape)
  • Juliet (grape)
  • Santorange (grape)
  • Five Star Grape (grape)
  • Golden Sweet (grape)
  • Amish Paste (paste)
  • San Marzano (paste)
  • Chef’s Choice Orange (beefsteak)
  • Big Beef (beefsteak)
  • Big Boy (beefsteak)
  • Early Girl (beefsteak)
  • Rose Organic (heirloom)
  • Japanese Black Trifele (heirloom)
  • Brandywine (heirloom)
  • Black Krim (heirloom)
  • Cherokee Purple (heirloom)
  • Green Zebra (hybrid)

Of course, there are many more indeterminate tomato varieties than what I have listed here. However, it is a good start if you want a lot of options for indeterminate tomatoes in this year’s garden.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at different types of indeterminate tomatoes. We’ll also explain a little more about determinate, indeterminate, and semi determianate tomatoes.

Let’s get started.

What Tomatoes Are Indeterminate? (List Of 22 Indeterminate Tomatoes)

Below, I have included a table with 22 indeterminate tomato varieties, arranged in order of increasing size (approximate). You can also download the table of indeterminate tomato varieties as a free PDF here.

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Indeterminate tomato plants tend to be tall at maturity, reaching heights of 6, 8, or even 10 feet or more!

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

VarietyTypeFruit
Size
Sungoldcherrytiny
Sweet 100cherrytiny
Yellow
Pear
cherrytiny
Black
Cherry
cherrytiny
White
Cherry
cherrytiny
Red
Grape
grapesmall
Julietgrapesmall
Santorangegrapesmall
Five Star
Grape
grapesmall
Golden
Sweet
grapesmall
Amish
Paste
pastemedium
San
Marzano
pastemedium
Green
Zebra
hybridmedium
Chef’s
Choice
Orange
beefsteaklarge
Big Beefbeefsteaklarge
Big Boybeefsteaklarge
Early Girlbeefsteaklarge
Rose
Organic
heirloomlarge
Japanese
Black
Trifele
heirloomlarge
Brandywineheirloomlarge
Black Krimheirloomlarge
Cherokee
Purple
heirloomlarge
You can download this table of indeterminate
tomato varieties as a PDF here.

Are Roma Tomatoes Indeterminate?

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

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 each

Are Beefsteak Tomatoes Indeterminate?

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 Indeterminate?

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

San Marzano tomatoes
San Marzano tomato plants can be indeterminate or determinate. Each fruit weighs 4 to 6 ounces.
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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 Indeterminate?

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 Indeterminate?

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

heirloom tomato
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 Alicante Tomatoes Indeterminate?

Alicante tomatoes are indeterminate.  You can find Organic Alicante Tomatoes at TomatoFest.

Alicante tomatoes
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The fruits on this plant are small, red,  and round, about the size of golf balls.

Are Sweet Million Tomatoes Indeterminate?

Sweet Million tomatoes are indeterminate.  You can find Sweet Million Hybrid Tomato Seeds at Park Seed.

Sweet Million Tomatoes
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The fruits on this plant are small, red, and round, about 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter.

Are Early Girl Tomatoes Indeterminate?

Early Girl tomatoes are indeterminate.  You can find Early Girl Tomatoes at Bonnie Plants.

early girl tomatoes
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The fruits on this plant are red and weigh 6 to 8 ounces.

Are Celebrity Tomatoes Indeterminate?

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 semi-determinate. The plants grow to a limited height, but the fruit keeps on coming until frost.
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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 Moneymaker Tomatoes Indeterminate?

Moneymaker tomatoes are indeterminate.  You can find Moneymaker Tomatoes at Urban Farmer Seed.

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

How To Tell Determinate From Indeterminate Tomatoes (Determinate vs 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
Mature
Height
3 to 5 feet
or less
6 feet
or more
Growth
Habit
bushvine
Flowers
in
Cluster
terminal
cluster
at top
many
flowers
Fruit
Time
short
window
produces
until frost
Supportcage or
short stake
cage, tall
stake, or
trellis
This table compares determinate and
indeterminate tomato varieties.

Here are the easiest ways to tell if tomatoes are determinate or indeterminate:

  • Height: if the plant is only 3 to 5 feet tall at maturity, it is most likely determinate.
  • Plant Appearance: if the plant looks more like a bush, it is most likely determinate.
  • Flower Clusters: if there is a terminal flower cluster (at the top of the plant when it stops growing), it is determinate.
  • Fruit Production Window: if you cannot tell from the height, appearance, or flowers of the plant, pay attention to the fruit production window. If the plant produces a crop of tomatoes for one brief window, it is most likely determinate.
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The mature height, growth habit (bush or vine), flower clusters, and fruit production window can help you to tell if a tomato plant is determinate or indeterminate.

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 support.  However, if you don’t want them to crawl along the ground, tomato cages work well to support them.

plant cage
A tomato cage is a good way to support determinate tomato plants.

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.

tomato stakes
Stakes are useful for supporting indeterminate tomatoes.

You can use a trellis to support indeterminate tomato plants, but tall stakes are also an option.  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. Some semi-determinate tomato varieties can produce fruit until frost ends the season, just like indeterminate tomato varieties.

According to the University of Idaho Extension, semi-determinate tomato plants have suckers (just like indeterminate plants), but their height is limited, usually at 3 to 5 feet (just like determinate plants).

Celebrity tomato plant
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Celebrity is one semi-determinate variety you can try. Another semi-determinate tomato variety is Crimson Sprinter, which produces 5 to 7 ounce red fruit (available from High Mowing Organic Seeds).

Conclusion

Now you have a solid list of indeterminate tomato varieties for reference – it should help you to get started with this year’s garden.  You also know the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes (and also what semi-determinate tomatoes are).

You can also find a list of determinate tomato varieties 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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