QUESTION: How long does a tomato plant last?
ANSWER: A tomato plant will only last a year in most vegetable gardens. As soon as it gets cold and freezes, the tomato plant will die.
In places where the temperature never falls below 60 degrees or when indeterminate tomatoes are grown indoors, they are short-lived perennials that will last for two years. In their third year, the plant tends to stop producing viable fruit.
In other climates, tomatoes will survive until the frost and cold weather arrives, at which point they will die back. They will not return the next year. Tomatoes are most often grown like this, as annuals that must be replaced the next season.
Cynthia Freyer says
I live in the north in rural snow country. Five years ago, I potted one of my indeterminate tomatoes before the weather turned too cool for it. Five years later, it still lives inside my home and goes outside for summer. Five years later, it is still producing fruit. I take cuttings from it and sprout them, using them in my veg garden each year. I haven’t bought tomatoes or new plants for five years. Go figure.
Susan Mccauley says
That is my plan…I’m hoping to have the same luck..idk how easy it’ll be moving a 7 foot tall (tied up) plant, but I’m gonna give it a try, otherwise I’m gonna take cuttings of it. Hoping it’ll produce tomatoes thru the winter
Asher Mupasi says
Is it possible to send me the seeds and maybe a picture if I send you the shipping costs.
I think that is an amazing tomato plant.