There are hundreds of different varieties of tomato plants that bare fruit of many shapes, sizes and colours. But there are basically just two types – the tall type and the bush type … not forgetting the type in between!
The terminology can be confusing when talking about indeterminate, cordon, determinate, semi-determinate, bush and tall varieties, so here’s a guide that I hope will make things clear.
- Tall: indeterminate and cordon – plants that will keep on growing taller until they are stopped.
- In between: semi-determinate – can be grown either as a tall or bush variety.
- Bush: determinate – a bush variety – knows how tall to grow!
Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages for example, tall varieties are great to grow up against a wall, whereas bush varieties excel in large pots on the patio.