Which Tomato Seeds To Start In A Small Space?

Posted on May 12 2010 - 3:10am by Mike Lieberman

Now that I have some seeds directly sown and another seed experiment going on, I am trying to figure out which tomato seeds to start for my balcony garden.

I have 7 packets that I received for free from WinterSown.org. You just need to fill out the form, send them a SASE and they’ll send you free seeds. Nice.

I learned on my fire escape that just because they are cherry tomatoes doesn’t mean it’s going to be a small plant. I don’t want to have a tomato tree on the balcony, but would like to grow some tomatoes.

A plant that grows to be about three to four feet tall would be great. I know that there are determinate and indeterminate plants, but am not sure of the exact difference between the two. Help identifying which seeds to start for the balcony would be appreciated.

    I have the following seed packets:

  • Principe Borghese – determinate
  • Silvery fir tree – determinate
  • Old German – indeterminate
  • Pondersoa red – indeterminate
  • Giant Belgium – indeterminate
  • Costoluto Genovese – indeterminate
  • Red pear – indeterminate

My guess is that one of the determinate varieties would be best. It would also help if these people spoke in English and just said, “plant grows to approximately x feet tall.”

Which do you think I should start for the balcony garden?