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Tomatoes: Determinate, Indeterminate, Semi-Determinate, Cordon or Bush: Pruning & Harvesting

Over the years I’ve been growing tomatoes, I have learned more and more about them and have a better understanding about how they behave so I thought I would write what I know about the three different growth habits of … Continue reading

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Should you grow Multiple Stems on Indeterminate Tomatoes?

There are essentially three different types of tomatoes, Indeterminate, Semi-Determinate and Determinate. They are defined by their growth habits. In this article we are going to consider growing Indeterminate tomatoes on a non-commercial scale. Indeterminate tomatoes are usually grown in … Continue reading

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Tomato Tar – Green Stains on your Towels

How do I stop green stains on towels when handling tomatoes? When you handle tomato plants, you’re bound to get your hands coated with a yellow powder that causes stains on the towel even when you’ve washed your hands carefully … Continue reading

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Tomato Plants: Determinate, Indeterminate, Semi-Determinate – what do they mean?

There are two (or three) different types of tomato plants: Determinate; Indeterminate; and Semi-Determinate. Determinate Determinate plants (also known as bush tomatoes) grow to a pre-determined sized and then flower and fruit over a short time (about two weeks or … Continue reading

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Tomatoes – Heritage, Open Pollinated or Hybrid?

There are many (many) different varieties tomatoes. I have seen the figure 6,000 quoted and in some respects I feel this is possibly an underestimate. Tomatoes have two conflicting habits. On the one hand they cross easily (hence the large … Continue reading

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