Two types of tomatoes — small and tall

Tomatoes as a whole can be classified in two categories based on the way they grow: determinate and indeterminate.

Determinate varieties, sometimes known as “bush” varieties, tend to stop growing at a genetically determined height.  This height can range from a few inches tall to 4 to 5 feet tall, depending on the variety.  Plants grow to this pre-determined height and bear fruit.

Indeterminate tomatoes keep growing until frost or something else kills them.  They are a true vine, and in places without a frost will grow to 50 to 100 feet long.

When choosing a tomato to grow in the AeroGarden, look for dwarf determinate varieties (for the AG3 or AG7) and smaller determinates for the AG Extra.  Unless you are a bonsai master, indeterminate varieties should not be attempted in the AeroGarden, although AeroGardens are great for starting indeterminate varieties indoors, for transplant into the outdoor garden.

The AeroGarden Cherry Tomato (for any AeroGarden) and Mega Cherry Tomato (for the Extra) are determinate varieties that have been selected due to their appropriate sizes for growing in AeroGardens.

2 thoughts on “Two types of tomatoes — small and tall

  1. Hi,
    I just want to tell you that I would have bought an areo garden a long time ago but your literature is unclear about which one to get to grow small tomatoes. Until reading the above article I had no idea the cherry tomato can be grown in any areo garden. You don’t know what a big help that info is, and I severely wish you would have been clear about since two years ago when I first heard of the areo gardens and tried to understand which one fit my needs. What an extremely unpleasant experience! Terry

    • Hi, Terry –
      I’m sorry you had such an unpleasant experience! We do try to be clear and I apologize if sometimes we are not; but, please, if you didn’t understand something don’t hold it against us that we didn’t answer a question that you never asked!

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