So, what are BUSH & VINE tomato plants????:

There are two basic shapes of tomato plant, and you grow them differently.

Bush Tomatoes
Vine Tomatoes

Bushy plants to 3 or 4 feet high

Side-shoots bear flowers & fruit quickly
(so don't grow very long)

May still need a stake or two

Don't need 'pinching -out'



Very lanky plants to 6 or 8 feet high

Side-shoots don't flower soon
(thus grow long)

Need tall stake or string

Side-shoots must be 'pinched-out' to
concentrate growth into one upright fruiting stalk.


Of course, there are in-between types that need some support but not side-shoot removal.

Bear in mind that all tomato plants grow taller and thinner indoors. Outside, the wind makes them grow shorter and bushier.

But don't despair. Its simpler than it sounds - you just need an experienced gardener to show you how!