21 of My Favorite Indeterminate Tomato Varieties in 2023

If you want to plant a single tomato plant and harvest fruits throughout the summer, you want to look at indeterminate tomatoes. Fortunately, there are all sorts of indeterminate tomato varieties, including heirlooms, hybrids, slicers, and cherries.

Over the years, I’ve come to love many different indeterminate types. I always plant a few delicious and time-tested heirlooms as well as newer hybrids that stand up to disease pressure.

If you’re not sure what varieties of tomato to plant in your garden, check out some of the best indeterminate tomatoes.

What Are Indeterminate Tomatoes?

Growers classify tomatoes in many ways, including by their growth habit. Most tomatoes are either determinate or indeterminate, but there are a few semi-determinate types.

Indeterminate tomatoes continue growing until the plants die. I’ve personally seen indeterminate tomato vines that have grown over 30 feet long!

This large size means that these tomatoes benefit from staking, trellising, or another form of containment. Pruning can also help contain the plants, prevent disease, and encourage fruit production.

As the vines continue to grow, the plants also continue to produce flowers and fruit. This means indeterminate tomatoes produce their fruits over an extended period of time—often three or four months.

Indeterminate Vs. Determinant Tomatoes

As mentioned above, indeterminate tomatoes continue to grow indefinitely and also set fruit over an extended period of time.

Determinate tomatoes stop growing when they reach a certain height and also produce all their fruit in the period of a few weeks.

For comparing these 2 varieties in more detail, check out my article: Determinate vs Indeterminate Tomatoes.

Best Indeterminate Tomato Varieties

Many of my favorite types of tomatoes are indeterminate, and it’s hard to choose just a handful to grow each year! I typically end up growing some of my tried and true favorites as well as a few new varieties each year.

If you’re looking to get started growing tomatoes or are just looking for some new varieties to test out, start with this list of favorites.

1. Cherokee Purple

Cherokee Purple Indeterminate Tomatoes
Cherokee Purple Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: heirloom slicer

If I had to pick one tomato to eat for the rest of my life, it would have to be the Cherokee Purple.

The fruit is large enough that one slice makes a satisfying tomato sandwich that drips with sweet tomato juices. As the name suggests, the fruits have a purple tinge with sweetness, acidity, and a hint of smokiness.

This heirloom variety has been around for hundreds of years, and many people think the variety was first grown by the Cherokee people. Once the plant was introduced to seed companies, it quickly became a hit and spread throughout the country.

While the fruits are delicious, they are also prone to cracking in heavy rains. Therefore, I like to pick fruits that have any bit of color on them if I know a storm is coming.

Pros

  • Great tasting
  • good texture

Cons

  • Susceptible to numerous diseases

2. Brandywine

Brandywine Indeterminate Tomatoes
Brandywine Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: heirloom slicer

The Brandywine is another time-tested favorite. This heirloom produces large slicing tomatoes that range in color from dark pink to red.

Each tomato can weigh over one pound, and fruits up to one and a half pounds are common. They have a rich flavor that is both acidic and sweet—many people describe this variety as the best-tasting tomato they’ve tried.

The plants take 78 days to produce fruits from transplant, so get these plants in the ground as early as possible.

Pros

  • Delicious fruits
  • Big fruits

Cons

  • Not the best producer

3. Sungold

Sungold Indeterminate Tomatoes
Sungold Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: hybrid cherry

If there’s one cherry tomato most people love, it’s the Sungold. These golden globes are super sweet and flavorful—one of my past customers told me “they’re better than candy!”

Not only are the tomatoes delicious, but the plants also produce an abundance of them.

Sungolds are prone to splitting—especially after a storm—which can make picking a bit of a chore. To avoid split fruit, you can pick the tomatoes when they are a bit underripe and allow them to fully ripen off the vine.

Pros

  • Excellent flavor
  • Prolific

Cons

  • Fruits prone to splitting

4. Early Girl

Early Girl Indeterminate Tomatoes
Early Girl Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: hybrid slicer

This variety continues to show up in plant nurseries and gardens for good reason. Like its name suggests, Early Girl is one of the first tomato varieties to produce fruit.

In just 60 days after transplant, it begins to produce which means you can be eating tomatoes in mid-June if you plant them out in Mid-April. Just remember to wait until the danger of frost has passed to transplant.

Early Girl also has great drought resistance, which can be helpful if you go out of town regularly or live in a dry area.

Pros

  • Tolerant to drought and high heat
  • Quick producers

Cons

  • Susceptible to early and late blight

5. Pink Berkeley Tie Dye

Pink Berkeley Tie Dye Indeterminate Tomatoes
Pink Berkeley Tie Dye Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: heirloom slicer

The Pink Berkeley Tie Dye is another one of my favorite heirloom varieties. The fruits are medium in size, have stunning red and green stripes, and have an acidic, sweet, and bold flavor.

It takes about 70 days from transplant until the first fruit is ripe. As long as the plants remain disease free and well cared for, they will continue to produce tomatoes throughout the following few months.

Pros

  • Delicious flavor

Cons

  • Not the biggest producer

6. Speckled Roman

Speckled Roman Indeterminate Tomatoes
Speckled Roman Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: heirloom paste

If you’re looking for a canning tomato that is a bit different from the traditional red plum tomato, check out Speckled Roman. The fruits have an elongated plum shape and red skin with yellow stripes.

The tomatoes have a meaty interior with great flavor and few seeds. That means these fruits are great for canning, but they can also be used for fresh eating.

I’ve grown Speckled Roman in the past and find the flavor is much better than other plum-type tomatoes. Their unique appearance also makes them stand out from the crowd.

Pros

  • Delicious flavor
  • Great texture for canning

Cons

  • Not the best disease resistance

7. GinFiz

GinFiz Indeterminate Tomatoes
GinFiz Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: hybrid slicer

Many people love the appearance and taste of heirloom tomatoes but wish the plants had better disease resistance. Enter “hylooms” like GinFiz.

This tomato looks and tastes like heirlooms such as Striped German, but it is technically a hybrid. Plant breeders have bred in resistance to common tomato diseases as well as resistance to cracking.

GinFiz is designed to grow in a protected culture system like a high tunnel or greenhouse, but you can always try your hand at growing it outdoors.

Pros

  • Strong disease resistance
  • Higher production than many similar heirlooms

Cons

  • Seeds are expensive
  • Designed for protected culture

8. Darkstar

Darkstar Indeterminate Tomatoes
Darkstar Indeterminate Tomatoes from Osborne Seed

Type: hybrid slicer

Darkstar is another “hyloom” tomato that has the characteristics of an heirloom with the resistance of a hybrid.

This variety has dark purple fruits that resemble favorites like Cherokee Purple and Black Krim. The tomatoes are medium-sized, making them suitable for sandwich slices and salads.

Along with producing great-tasting fruit, Darkstar also comes with high resistance to late blight and more prolific fruit production compared to heirloom varieties.

Pros

  • High yielding
  • Delicious fruits
  • Resistant to late blight

Cons

  • Flavor is a bit less than similar heirlooms

9. Aunt Ruby’s German Green

Aunt Ruby’s German Green Indeterminate Tomatoes
Aunt Ruby’s German Green Indeterminate Tomatoes from Seed Savers

Type: heirloom slicer

A ripe green tomato? That’s right!

Aunt Ruby’s German Green produces fruits that remain green when ripe. Although the color does change slightly as the fruits ripen, it can take some practice to differentiate the ripe fruits from unripe ones.

The fruits are large and can often weigh over a pound each. The flavor is mostly sweet with enough acidity to make the fruits well-balanced.

These tomatoes do take a while to mature (about 90 days), so it’s best to get them planted out in the garden as soon as the danger of frost has passed.

Pros

  • Great tasting fruits
  • Unique

Cons

  • Can be difficult to know when to harvest
  • Fruits can be very large

10. Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson Indeterminate Tomatoes
Paul Robeson Indeterminate Tomatoes from Seed Savers

Type: heirloom slicer

When this Russian heirloom first burst into the gardening scene in the United States, many claimed it has the best flavor of any tomato. Whether that is true depends on personal preferences, but this tomato still remains a popular purple option.

The fruits are medium in size and deep purplish-red. The interiors are both meaty and juicy, which makes them a versatile option in the kitchen.

Pros

  • Great tasting
  • Nicely sized fruits

Cons

  • Lacking disease resistance

11. Sunpeach

Sunpeach Indeterminate Tomatoes
Sunpeach Indeterminate Tomatoes from Osborne Seed

Type: hybrid cherry

In the past few years, Sunpeach has become one of my favorite cherry tomatoes to grow. It produces loads of bright pink cherry tomatoes that have great flavor and also resist cracking.

The plants themselves also hold up well to some common plant diseases, especially if you take the time to prune the plants in order to improve airflow.

I like to plant Sunpeach with other varieties of cherry tomatoes to create beautiful colored mixes.

Pros

  • Great tasting
  • Resistant to cracking

Cons

  • Susceptible to early and late blight

12. Sakura

Sakura Indeterminate Tomatoes
Sakura Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: hybrid cherry

If you’re looking for a new variety of red cherry tomato to try out, I recommend Sakura. These plants produce hundreds of delicious fruits, and they are also some of the first cherry tomatoes to ripen each year.

The plants have good resistance to Fusarium wilt, leaf mold, and tomato mosaic virus. If you grow them in a structure that protects them from the elements, Sakura can keep producing fruits for months on end.

Pros

  • Early producer
  • Prolific

Cons

  • Susceptible to early and late blight

13. German Johnson

German Johnson Indeterminate Tomatoes
German Johnson Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: heirloom slicer

Looking for a big tomato? Then check out German Johnson!

This heirloom variety produces huge pink fruits with a rich and balanced flavor. Compared to similar varieties like Brandywine, it is more prolific and produces more fruit.

I’ve found some of the tomatoes crack along the stem before they are ready to harvest. If this is the case, you can still eat the tomatoes, just be aware these open spots may begin to rot within a few days.

Pros

  • Delicious fruits
  • More prolific than similar varieties

Cons

  • Fruits prone to cracking

14. Juliet

Juliet Indeterminate Tomatoes
Juliet Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: hybrid grape

Juliet is a hybrid variety that produces grape-shaped tomatoes that are perfect for salads, salsa, sauce, and roasting. They have a deep tomato flavor that will have all the lovers of classic red tomatoes rejoicing.

The plants are prolific and also have good resistance to early blight, late blight, and cracking. Once picked, the fruits keep well for a while off of the plant.

Pros

  • Prolific
  • Crack resistant
  • Resistant to blight
  • Good shelf life

Cons

  • Susceptible to wilts and leaf mold

15. Supersweet 100

Supersweet 100 Indeterminate Tomatoes
Supersweet 100 Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: hybrid cherry

Perhaps the most classic red cherry tomato, Supersweet 100 has made its way into thousands of gardens over the years. The plant produces large clusters of tiny red fruits that pop in the mouth and have eaters coming back for more.

This variety is a hybrid and holds resistance to Fusarium wilt and Verticillium wilt.

Pros

  • High yielding
  • Sweet fruits
  • Resistance to wilts

Cons

  • Susceptible to blights

16. Black Cherry

Black Cherry Indeterminate Tomatoes
Black Cherry Indeterminate Tomatoes from Adaptive Seeds

Type: heirloom cherry

Another beautiful cherry tomato is the Black Cherry. As its name suggests, it produces small dark purplish-red fruits that can appear almost black.

The plants are known for producing loads of fruit that have a rich and robust flavor. Try planting them with other varieties of cherry tomatoes for a colorful and interesting mix.

Pros

  • Delicious taste
  • Prolific

Cons

  • Poor disease resistance

17. Striped German

Striped German Indeterminate Tomatoes
Striped German Indeterminate Tomatoes from Johnny Seeds

Type: heirloom slicer

If you like sweet tomatoes without much acidity, you should stick to yellow varieties. The Striped German is one of the most popular yellow heirlooms out there, and for good reason.

The plants produce large yellow-slicing tomatoes that have red streaks on their bottoms. When you slice into the fruits, you’ll be met with stunning bi-color flesh.

Pros

  • Sweet fruits
  • Unique
  • Large tomatoes

Cons

  • Poor disease resistance
  • Fruits prone to cracking

18. Purple Bumble Bee

Purple Bumble Bee Indeterminate Tomatoes
Purple Bumble Bee Indeterminate Tomatoes from Adaptive Seeds

Type: hybrid cherry

The Purple Bumble Bee is just one indeterminate tomato in the Bumble Bee line. It is a cherry tomato with dark red skin covered in green streaks.

There are also Sunrise (yellow and pink) and Pink (pink and yellow)  Bumble Bee tomatoes that work well mixed with the Purple Bumble Bee.

All of these varieties produce lots of fruit, even under relatively harsh conditions. However, the fruits do have a bit of a thicker skin than other cherry tomato varieties.

Pros

  • Prolific plants
  • Beautiful fruits
  • Great disease resistance

Cons

  • Tougher skin
  • Taste is just okay

19. Sunorange

Sunorange Indeterminate Tomatoes
Sunorange Indeterminate Tomatoes from Osborne Seed

Type: hybrid cherry

If you love the flavor of Sungolds but don’t like how they tend to crack on the vine, check out Sunorange. The plants produce even more tomatoes than Sungold, and the fruits are crack resistant.

The flavor is just as sweet and delicious as Sungold, and I’ve been happy with switching from Sungold to Sunorange.

Pros

  • Sweet fruits
  • Prolific fruit production
  • Fruits crack resistant

Cons

  • Seeds are more expensive

20. Arkansas Traveler

Arkansas Traveler Indeterminate Tomatoes
Arkansas Traveler Indeterminate Tomatoes from Southern Exposure

Type: heirloom slicer

This heirloom variety is one of the longest-lived favorites when it comes to slicing tomatoes. It originated in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas sometime in the late 1800s, where it quickly became a hit.

The plants produce medium-sized dark pink tomatoes that are good for both sauce and slicing. Along with their good flavor, the plants are also loved for their ability to produce fruits even in hot and dry conditions.

Pros

  • Good flavor and texture
  • Withstands heat and drought

Cons

  • Susceptible to disease

21. San Marzano

San Marzano Determinate Tomato
San Marzano from Johnny Seeds

Made famous by Italians, the San Marzano is a great option if you’re looking for a paste tomato. The plum-shaped fruits are meaty and rich, which decreases the time you need to boil sauce before canning.

The fruits are a bit larger than many Roma-type tomatoes, making them easy to pick. I’ve also found the fruits resist cracking, even after heavy rains and inconsistent watering.

Some varieties of San Marzano are semi-determinate in form, which means they remain shorter. However, most types are indeterminate and can grow quite tall

Pros

  • Great tasting fruits
  • Superb for sauce and canning

Cons

  • Susceptible to disease

My Tips for Growing Indeterminate Tomatoes

To keep your indeterminate tomatoes happy and healthy, follow these tips.

Contain the Plants

When it comes to growing indeterminate tomatoes, you need to have a containment strategy in place. These plants’ vines can easily reach over ten feet long and can exceed 30 feet if they receive the proper care.

If you are growing your tomatoes outdoors in the garden, you have multiple options for trellising. While you can use a classic metal tomato cage, indeterminate tomatoes will quickly outgrow the cage.

Another method is to use stakes and tomato twine. Put two stakes on either side of the plant, about a foot away from the plant’s stem.

Wrap a piece of tomato twine around one side of the tomato stem and then the other, ensuring the twine is pulled tight. Continue to add more pieces of twine as the tomato grows.

Eventually, the plants will outgrow the top of the stakes. At this point, you have a few options.

You can trim the tops of the plants and allow the suckers to continue to grow. Or you can allow the plants to keep growing, and simply let them flop over the top pieces of twine.

Continue to Fertilize

Since these plants continue to grow and produce fruit over multiple months, they can benefit from continual fertilization.

I like to use a liquid fertilizer specifically designed for tomato plants and apply it every two weeks. If you are on a small scale, you can use a watering can to apply the fertilizer to the soil at the base of the plant.

Harvest at Least Twice a Week

Once indeterminate tomato plants begin producing fruits, they need to be harvested on a regular basis. I maintain a twice-a-week harvest schedule for all my tomatoes.

If you skip a harvest date, you may come back to rotten, overripe, or cracked fruit. Keeping with a regular harvest schedule makes harvesting easier and more enjoyable.

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Briana Yablonski

Briana holds a B.S. in Plant Sciences from Penn State University and has been working with plants, soil, and ecology for over ten years. She spent five years working on vegetable farms throughout the East Coast before starting her own farm in 2020. She has been writing about plants, food, and science since 2019.

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