Tomatoes are our most popular vegetable plants at Martin’s Home & Garden! But since there are so many different varieties, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. One way to narrow down your choices is to decide if you want a determinate variety or an indeterminate variety.

  • How much space do you have in your vegetable garden?
  • When do you first want your tomatoes to be ripe?
  • How long do you want your plants to continue to produce?

The answers to these questions will lead you to the tomato that’s perfect for you!

Determinate varieties are more compact – these tomatoes usually don’t need a cage for support and are great for containers or smaller spaces. They will produce a lot of tomatoes earlier in the season, all at one time. These are great if you are planning on doing a lot of canning! The plants will usually die around the middle of summer, giving you more room for new vegetable plants in your garden beds.

Indeterminate varieties can sprawl all over your garden bed and require lots of support. They usually produce fruit later in the season than determinate plants, but they produce continuously up until the first frost. These are better for larger beds and areas specifically dedicated to planting vegetables.

How can you tell if a tomato plant is determinate or indeterminate?

Take a look at the tag! You can get all sorts of information from the tag, including what type of variety it is.

At Martin’s, we carry over 50 different varieties of tomatoes! Let’s break them down into their growing habits.

Not all varieties listed below may be currently in stock. Call ahead or ask a team member when you’re here for help finding your favorite!

Determinate VarietiesIndeterminate Varieties
Carolina GoldAmish Paste
Florida 91Beefsteak
Homestead 94Better Boy
MarglobeBetter Bush
MarianaBig Beef
Mountain FreshBig Boy
Mountain PrideBlack Krim
Mountain SpringBox Car Willie
RomaBradley/Bradley Pink
Sweet IsraeliBurpee Big Boy
Burpee Delicious
Cherokee Purple
Early Girl
German Johnson
German Pink
German Queen
Golden Boy
Golden Jubilee
Great White
Jet Star
Lemon Boy
Mortgage Lifter
Mr. Stripey
Old German
Park’s Beefy Boy
Park’s Whopper
Supersweet 100
Sweet 100
Tidy Treats

Whether you’re growing tomatoes or any other type of plant, by paying attention to the growing habits of what you’re planting, you can make better use of your space. Need help? Our team at Martin’s Home & Garden can help you get the most out of your garden – just ask!