Choosing Tomatoes can be tricky, one way to choose is by height. “Determinate” (or Bush) varieties of tomatoes reach a certain (predetermined) plant height, and then the plant stops growing. All the tomatoes from this plant ripen at approximately the same time (usually over a period of 1-2 weeks). They require a limited amount of staking for support and are great for container gardening. “Indeterminate” varieties of tomatoes continue to grow in height throughout the season. Indeterminates will bloom, set fruit and ripen all at the same time throughout the season. They require substantial staking for support.