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Determinate Tomatoes - when are they done?

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Determinate Tomatoes - when are they done?

Post  landarch on 8/28/2012, 11:45 am

triple digit temps in early/ mid August realy shut my tomatoes down, but now new growth and blooms abound with cooler weather. When do you decide to give up on determinate tomatoes to make room in the fall garden? The first frost date in my area is 10/11.

Can someone describe what to do to get the most out of indeterminate tomatoes as fall approaches - I know certain stems need to be pruned to direct nutrients where neded to get the last tomatoes done before frost. How many weeks before first frost should one start to prepare for this?

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Re: Determinate Tomatoes - when are they done?

Post  CapeCoddess on 8/28/2012, 1:09 pm

And when do we lop their heads off?

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Re: Determinate Tomatoes - when are they done?

Post  Hoggar on 8/28/2012, 1:19 pm

If they have fruit you can start pruning them and top them off to
stunt the growth of the plant. Here is a video that covers it,
it will work for caged toms as well.
I let my Toms grow right up to the first frost then I pull them
and hang the whole plant tomatoes roots and all upside down
in the mud room and let them ripen on the vine. Last year we had
tomatoes into January.
This year I'm starting a batch for the green house, we will see how that goes.

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Re: Determinate Tomatoes - when are they done?

Post  camprn on 8/28/2012, 1:45 pm

The care and pruning of determinate tomatoes is different than for indeterminate tomatoes.

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Re: Determinate Tomatoes - when are they done?

Post  quiltbea on 8/28/2012, 1:48 pm

I know that determinates are supposed to have a flush of harvest and then slow down and stop, but my Oregon Spring toms were harvested in the summer and I forgot to pull out the plants a couple years ago. In October, they were producing another crop of tomatoes. If my season here in Maine were a few weeks longer before frost, I could have had a 2nd harvest.

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