Grape tomatoes have a tendency to offer: sweet taste, firm texture, small juice and the crops are easy to develop. Their small fruit, which can be typically 1/2 into 3/4 inch, are similarly sized to the original tomatoes grown in Peru and northern Chile. Despite their small fruit size, grape tomato crops fluctuate dramatically in size. Consider the full size of the plant when planning the lawn.
Smaller varieties of grape tomatoes are determinate kinds, which means the plants develop to a finite size and create 1 crop of tomatoes, as opposed to a multiweek-long harvest. “Moby Grape” is 1 cultivar of determinate grape tomato which grows to a height and spread of 2 to 3 feet. “Moby Grape” plants create white, red fruit in 69 to 80 days. Another determinate grape tomato variety is “Green Grape,” which has an average plant height of 3 feet and produces a green-fleshed fruit. Due to their diminutive size, determinate types of grape tomatoes can be grown in containers and function well if you simply have a small garden.
Average-sized grape tomato crops grow to heights fo 4 to 5 feet and can be determinate or indeterminate varieties. As an instance, the 4-foot-high “Sweet Olive” is a determinate tomato cultivar, while the similarly sized “St. Nick” assortment is an indeterminate kind. Grape tomato crops which develop in the 5-foot range comprise “Red Grape,” “Cupid F” and “Tami G,” all of which can be indeterminate varieties. Due to their larger size, these grape tomato crops benefit from staking. Staking will help optimize garden space and fruit maintained the ground will be cleaner with less chance of rotting.
In the taller end of the grape tomato plant size spectrum are indeterminate varieties that can grow as tall as 6 to 8 feet. The “Red Grape” tomato is one such variety, which yields a huge harvest in 69 to 80 days. Another bigger grape tomato plant, the “Napa Grape” is an early-producing cultivar with an average height of 6 feet. The “Five Star Grape” is a hybrid breed of grape tomato which grows on crops that reach 7 feet. The sprawl caused by tomato plants of the size will occupy a great deal of garden area, therefore staking, caging or even some form of trellis support system needs to be used.
A Word on Indeterminate Plants
Indeterminate tomato crops will keep growing through the growing season prior to a killing frost. With good growing conditions and normal feeding, indeterminate varieties can grow to heights of 15 to 20 feet. Consider this point when planting indeterminate grape tomato types.