I have grown many different tomato varieties over the years, and one of the most significant differences I have noticed is how much fruit the different plants can produce. That made me curious about which tomato varieties produce the most tomatoes, so I decided to do some research. I have written this post to share what I learned with you.
Supersweet 100 and Sungold cherry are two of the tomato varieties that can produce the highest number of tomatoes. Varieties with small fruit generally produce more tomatoes than varieties with large fruit. Cherry and Grape tomato varieties generally produce many tomatoes per plant.
Before writing this post, I reached out to a friendly and very experienced gardener from a garden center near my home. I was hoping she had a tip or two about picking high-yielding tomato varieties, and to my luck, she did have a really simple but excellent tip which I will share in this post.
Here is a quick overview of what I talk about in this post, so you can go directly to the point you are interested in.
- First, I talk about what tomato plants produce the most tomatoes.
- Second, I talk about how many tomatoes each plant can produce.
- Lastly, I give some easy tips you can use to help your plants produce as many tomatoes as possible.
What Tomato Plants Produce the Most Tomatoes?
I have found a couple of tomato varieties that I absolutely love, so I make sure to grow those every year, but I also make sure to test some varieties that I have not tried before.
One thing I wanted to try was to find tomato varieties that produce the highest number of tomatoes. I wrote this post to share what I have learned.
Before writing this post, I called a garden center where they have some really nice and extremely knowledgeable gardeners, who always have great tips to share, so I always make sure to ask them for advice when I get the chance.
Here is what the gardener I spoke to told me:
If you want your plants to produce as many tomatoes as possible, you should pick a variety where the fruit is small. Varieties that produce small tomatoes will split their energy and focus on producing many small tomatoes rather than a few large ones.
My personal favorite tomato variety to grow is the Sungold cherry. If you treat it well and give it good conditions, it will reward you by producing an incredible amount of small but super sweet and juicy tomatoes. They taste fantastic, and the fact that the plant produces a lot of them is just great.
How Many Tomatoes Can One Plant Produce?
There are literally thousands of tomato varieties, each with different characteristics. One of the significant differences between the many varieties is how many tomatoes they produce.
Tomato plants that produce small tomatoes generally produce a lot more of them than plants that produce big tomatoes. So if you want to get as many tomatoes as possible, pick a variety that produces small tomatoes, such as a cherry or a grape tomato variety.
But just how many tomatoes can one plant produce?
Some tomato varieties can produce as much as 200 tomatoes per plant over the course of a growing season. Most tomato plants produce between 20-90 tomatoes, depending on the variety and growing conditions. Most cherry tomatoes can produce over 100 tomatoes in a season if the conditions are good.
As I was doing research for this post, I found a lot of people who said that their plants usually yielded between 20-90 tomatoes depending on the variety. This generally fits very well with my own experience, although I have also had plants that produced well over 100 tomatoes and others that only produced a few.
I found an article by a man who is growing tomatoes on a much larger scale than myself, and he talked about how his plants would sometimes produce up to 200 tomatoes each. I found that pretty interesting, so if you do too, you can read it here.
Produce as Many Tomatoes as Possible per Plant
It is always more fun to have many tomatoes than few. At least I think so, so I have tried many different varieties, not only to see which of them taste best but also to see which of them produce the most tomatoes.
Over the years, I have done many things right when it comes to growing tomatoes, but I have also done many things wrong. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes as me, so I have collected some of the best tips I have learned about helping your tomato plants produce as many tomatoes as possible.
If you pick a high-yielding tomato variety such as the Supersweet 100 or the Sungold cheery (or most other cherry or grape tomato varieties) and combine it with these tips, you will be surprised just how many tomatoes one plant can produce.
Here are my tips for growing as many tomatoes as possible per plant:
1. Harvest your tomatoes as often as possible
This is probably my favorite tip because it means I get to eat fresh tomatoes all the time.
Picking tomatoes as soon as they are ripe continuously throughout the summer will increase your overall yield significantly. If you don’t pick ripe tomatoes, the plant will focus its energy on producing seeds, but if you pick the tomatoes as soon as they are ripe, the plant will focus on producing more.
So to maximize your tomato yield, pick the fruit as soon as it is ready and as often as possible. I have written another post where I go into more detail with this.
2. Plant your tomatoes deep
If you look closely at the stem of a tomato plant, you will notice that there are a lot of small bumps. These bumps are actually roots at their earliest stages, and they all have the potential to grow and spread if they are underground.
Planting your tomatoes deep improves the growth of the root system which in turn allows the plant to obtain water and nutrients more efficiently, ultimately leading to increased growth and production. So to grow the healthiest tomato plants with the best yield, plant them deep.
The method of planting tomatoes deep is often called deep planting. Deep planting is really easy and can increase the health of your tomato plants and the number of tomatoes they produce more than you would expect. If you are interested in this, I recommend reading this post.
When deep planting tomatoes, you essentially just need to remove the leaves from the bottom half of the plant and then put the plant in the ground, so the entire bottom half of the plant is underground.
There are a few tricks to make it even easier and more efficient, so if you find that relevant, head over to this post where I explain how to deep plant tomatoes with an easy step-by-step guide with photos from last summer when I did it myself
3. Take cuttings and grow them as new plants
I wasn’t sure I would include this tip since it technically is no longer just one plant if you do this. However, since it works so well and is so easy (and still only requires a single plant to do), I decided to include it.
Taking cuttings and growing them as new plants is the easiest and fastest way to multiply your overall tomato yield many times over. Identify suckers from your original plant, remove them and plant them in the ground as their own plant. Water them well and they will quickly begin to grow as a new plant.
Taking cuttings and growing them as new plants is easy but requires space. If you do have the space, I encourage you to try it and read this more detailed guide on how to do it.
4. Give your tomato plants a lot of space
This is another thing I have experimented with a lot. Just how much space tomatoes actually need to grow well.
It turns out, all those people online (myself included) who write that tomato plants need a lot of space are right.
The more space tomato plants have, the more tomatoes they will produce.
Tomato plants grow best in pots that are 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) wide and deep or directly in the ground. If they are growing directly in the ground, tomato plants should be 2-4 feet (61-122 cm) apart, depending on the variety. Indeterminate varieties need more space than determinate varieties.
I have made an experiment to see just how little space tomatoes can grow in, where I grew tomatoes in a pot that is only 4 inches (10 cm) in both height and width. It worked, but not very well. You can read more about that on this link.
5. Give your tomato plants good growing conditions
The last tip I have for you to help you increase the number of tomatoes your plants produce is to give your tomato plants the best growing conditions.
Here is a quick overview of how much sunlight, water, and fertilizer tomatoes need and what temperature they grow best at.
|Sunlight||6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.|
|Water||1-2 inches of water per week. Increase the amount as the plants grow. Water every morning.|
|Fertilizer||Once every 1-2 weeks.|
If you can’t water your tomatoes in the morning, it can be fine to water them when it is sunny, but then you should know how it can affect your plant. I cover that in this post.
Giving your tomato plants the right growing conditions is the most fundamental thing to growing healthy plants that produce a lot of fruit.
To end this post, I will sum up everything I know that can help you grow as many tomatoes per plant as possible.
- Pick a high-yielding variety such as the Supersweet 100 or Sungold cherry.
- Cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes are generally good choises and will often produce over 100 tomatoes.
- Harvest your tomatoes as soon as they are ripe.
- Plant your tomatoes deep.
- Take cuttings and grow them as new tomato plants.
- Give your tomato plants lots of room to grow.
- Make sure your tomato plants get 6-8 hours of sun, are watered every morning, fertilized every 1-2 weeks and grow between 55-85 degrees F (13-30 degrees C).