varieties to be generally better eating. If easy management and neatness is more important than that or if you
want all your tomatoes at once, determinant is your best choice. I grow mine in the ground and use
cages which keep them contained pretty well. I don't grow any determinant varieties at all.
I have to admit that I am not the most attentive gardener. If I'm lucky I get to work at it once a week. As a result my prunning skills are "weak". Thus my indeterminant tomatos overwhelm their supports. I did not understand the harvesting implications before, so next year I'll have to work at it a bit more.
Down in Texas can you grow outside all year, or do you get too many freezes?
James Colbert wrote:Does anyone else grow their indeterminants in a sprawl culture as opposed to caging or using other artificial supports? I was always too cheap and lazy to support my tomatoes. They do take up a lot of space but they also send out secondary roots where a shoot contacts the soil (or are intentionally buried under the soil). This means more yield and vigor for the plant and less work for me. You do lose some tomatoes in the jumble but the plant produces so many it doesn't really matter.
I am trying something like that this year, James. I like to think of it as the ruth stout approach.
Regarding sprawl culture -- it works well until you try to harvest and have to wade through the plant. I don't care for it. I have some cage made out of sheets of the concrete support stuff and it's no effort, really.