Thanks to technological advancements there are new techniques for growing tomatoes. New devices and intensive tomato cultivation has taken place over the past century. Today we enjoy having more than 500 different types of tomato plants you can grow in your garden. More and more hybrid varieties are being created, and several groupings have emerged within the tomato family.
Usually you have two basic groups of known tomato plants. You have the determinate and the indeterminate. The ‘indeterminate’ are the largest. This tomato plant group includes mainly the bulk of the tomato plant varieties your would grow in one of your typical home vegetable gardens. Indeterminate tomatoes have a tendency to grow and then reproduce all through the summer months. They continue this until cold weather appears with morning frosts which in the end kills the vines.
When you grow this type of tomato plant you’ll need to make use of stakes and cages for supporting your tomato vines after the fruits begin to ripen. Then when you look at the ‘determinate’ tomato plants you’ll see that they mature earlier in the growing season before production stops. When you talk about the size and the yield of the tomatoes you will find there is not much difference between determinate or indeterminate except for this production period.
Another extremely popular tomato type for growing in the garden is the dwarf tomato. In regard to this category its vines yield tiny but truly flavorful tomatoes. They are destined to show up in salads and other food application. Because the vines of this tomato are moderately short, these plants grow easily and grow well in hanging baskets, and in your outside garden too.
The life cycle for dwarf tomatoes is quite a bit shorter when you compare them to the larger varieties. However, this doesn’t affect the yield in that shorter time period. It’s always quite sufficient. A couple of examples of this tomato variety is the grape and the cherry tomato.
Because there are so many tomato varieties available now, the bulk of them have been put into various groups and classes. You can find varieties that are more suitable for cold dishes and some that are better for sauces or tomato paste. It bears out that some varieties of tomatoes will thrive better if they’re planted in a hothouse, while others will not yield well unless they get planted into rich fertile soil outside in the sunlight.