How Many Tomatoes Can You Harvest From One Plant?

How Many Tomatoes Can You Harvest From One Plant?

Have you ever wondered how many tomatoes you can expect from a tomato plant? What is the average yield of tomato per plant? Well, we’re about to find out…In this article, I’m going to discuss the average yield of tomato plants.

The number of tomatoes per plant depends on a lot of different factors. The length of your growing season, particularly during the summer months (and even through the fall), is really important to get a great crop of fruit. 

You need plenty of hot weather to ripen your fruit, so it’s worth checking out gardening zone maps if you live in an area that has cool summers or shorter growing seasons. Also, the age and variety of plants you are growing will be another determining factor in how much fruit gets produced overall by each plant. 

The health of your soil also plays a significant role in how much fruit you get from each tomato plant. Soils with a variety of nutrients available for the tomato plant to eat will have an easier time producing fruit, as well as being more resistant to drought and disease conditions.

How Many Pounds of Tomatoes Can You Get From One Plant?

An indeterminate tomato plant, or one that produces all its fruits for the season in one flush, is easier to measure. These plants will grow to a specific height, and the first fruit will start to ripen in the middle of the summer, with more fruits ripening as the plant gets taller and is exposed to more sunlight.

A healthy & staked tomato typically produces between 7-10 lbs of tomatoes. But since each plant will have its own unique size and vigor that can vary, this yield is only a rough average.

My area has several growing options, such as “Better Boy,” which produces lots of beefsteaks. A Better Boy produced 340 pounds of tomatoes in one season. They can produce hundreds (yes, more than 100) pounds of tomatoes.

What is the Most Productive Tomato Variety?

The answer is simple and a well-fed, fertilized, healthy tomato plant produces many more tomatoes.

Hybrid varieties are generally more individualized and less efficient at producing fruit than heirloom varieties. 

If you are attempting to produce the greatest quantity of tomatoes in your garden, you should choose a hybrid variety. Hybrid plants grow more uniformly, uniform plants produce more, and the plants just get bigger faster. Beefsteak (beefsteak) is a great hybrid beef. (Roma) Plum Regal, (grape) Sun Sugar, & Midnight Snack are among the excellent hybrid grapes. There are many others as well.

Best High-Yielding Tomato Varieties

Long-term breeding has produced high-yielding varieties that are produced over the years and given the best conditions to grow. These tomatoes are the best producers of high-yielding varieties.

Roma Tomatoes

These are heirlooms and heavy producers of the highest standard. They have held the place as an excellent commercial tomato variety since the turn of the century. One Roma tomato cluster produces up to fifteen cherry tomatoes brimming with freshness, amounting to an average of 200 tomatoes on one plant.

Beefsteak Tomato

Beefsteak tomatoes are a favorite variety for a burger, steak, and sandwich production. These tomatoes are a hybrid and closer to a paste tomato as opposed to a regular tomato. A Better Boy tomato plant produced 340 pounds (154 kg) of fruits.

Grape Tomato

Grape tomatoes are also known as sun-grown tomatoes. These tomatoes are a hybrid and higher yielding than beefsteak. For a small gardening space, they are the easiest to grow and produce large amounts of fruits.

San Marzano

San Marzano tomatoes are a very good choice for sauce, sauce, or paste. They are high in vitamin C and fiber. San Marzano produces a large number of long, pointed tomatoes with a bright red thick skin and few seeds.

Tips for Getting More Tomatoes per Plant


It is the main technique that is used to increase yields. To get more fruit on a given plant, you need to remove some of the flowers and fruit. To keep your plants healthy and thriving, it is necessary to prune them regularly. 

Yet few people do this in the garden. Pruning them is something they never get around to doing. This needs to change in order for tomato lovers to get the best tomatoes out of their gardens.

By trimming away some of the lesser branches on your tomato plant, you can increase your tomato plant’s production of fruit by reducing the number of new branches. 

Trimming suckers from the base of a tomato plant (the bottom 1/3) helps that plant focus on fruiting instead of growing additional stems. Pruning prevents fungal spores from spreading onto the leaves of the tomato plant, which could negatively affect the plant’s quality.

Healthy Soil

With nice garden soil, you can get as much as a 200% increase in tomato production. The best way to get good soil is to get rid of all the dead grass and weeds on your soil and add some good, rich compost. The only caveat with this is that you must not put in too much compost, or the nutrients in the compost will all be used up before your tomatoes can start to grow again.

Next, put down some good compost and then work it into your garden soil. Work backward from the tomato plant, putting more on top and less on the bottom.

You should get a large increase in tomato production with an increase of about 30% in your yield.


 A tomato produced in a shady location won’t have as many fruits as one produced in a sunny location. Tomatoes grown to full size in a shady location will revert to only a quarter of the size that they would be in a sunny location. Tomatoes that do not get enough sunlight will have fewer fruits and smaller fruits.


Staking tomatoes from a vine can limit the growth of weak vines and prevent them from getting damaged. This can be accomplished by tying the tomato plant to a fence, support structure, or tree branch. Cages are used for fruit production as well.

Tomatoes will also grow quite well in pruned-off trees and bushes. They can be grown in one-gallon pots and transplanted into a garden bed once they’ve reached the size you want them to be, or you can grow them in a hanging wire cage. Pruning dead branches around the plants will prevent them from shading the tomato plant, which will help prevent blossom end rot on your tomatoes.

Plant Early

By starting your tomatoes inside six weeks before the last frost, you can ensure a successful harvest. It is true if you live in a region with a short flowering season. The plants can be started in a pot with a tomato planting mix or hydroponic soil. If you’re planting tomatoes in a greenhouse, they can be started in the same way, but they will need to be moved inside once they begin to grow.

 Temperature Changes

The flowers of the tomato plants will need to be pollinated within two days, or the plants will die off and be unviable. As the fruits develop, they will begin to take in cold air. This causes the tomato to become tarter and less palatable. After the fruits have grown on a tomato plant, they will be much more resistant to cold temperatures.

What is the difference between a Hybrid and Heirloom Tomato?

Selective breeding has been used to create more productive hybrid tomatoes. An heirloom variety is one that has been cultivated and selected over generations to produce the most tomatoes on each plant. An organic variety is one that has been cultivated and selected for its high yield. 

Hybrid tomatoes are chosen for their ease of growing and are not organic. Heirloom varieties are not organic because growers largely select for size and strength rather than taste. Generally, heirlooms provide the most flavor from the tomato.

Hybrid tomato seeds are not viable, meaning you cannot save the seed and replant it as the seeds are not viable. Because of their hybrid nature, the plants cannot pass on their genetic material to a subsequent generation.

The less productive heirloom tomatoes are compared to their hybrid counterparts, which makes them the better choice for sandwiches.

High Yield Tomato Varieties for Preserving

What to consider when selecting hybrid tomato varieties for preservation is not covered in this article. However, you might contact your local nursery or garden center for more detailed information about which varieties excel in your region.

Better Boy

A 5-8-foot indeterminate hybrid variety produces fruit that matures in 70-75 days and yields 16-oz fruit. These tomatoes are wonderful slicers, as well as good eaters. It is an open-pollinated variety that is known to have great taste. It is quite susceptible to cracking and will stunt if planted too close together.

Big Mama

A 5-6-foot determinate hybrid variety is producing a large tomato. It is an open-pollinated variety that is known to have great taste. It is quite susceptible to cracking and will stunt if planted too close together.

Best Heirloom Tomato Varieties for Preserving

The following are four of the best heirloom tomato varieties for preserving.

Amish Paste

The low seed count of this canned tomato makes it popular. It is a meaty tomato with a versatile flavor. The fruit is 8-10 ounces when ripe. This variety is also one of my personal favorites due to its flavor. It is well-suited for canning and freezing.

San Marzano

The San Marzanos have a long history and are typically found in Italian cuisine. They are one of the best-tasting varieties available. They are slow ripening, so this can be a concern if you need to can them quickly.

An Italian tomato plant that is 80 days old should be ready to harvest around 80 days after planting. Fruit size is around 4 ounces, but they are nearly seedless. A plant weighing around 20 pounds per plant throughout the growing season is average.

Black Krim

This tomato has a unique black, hairy rind. The fruit has a thick skin that protects it from bruising during shipping. With such thick skin, it can take up to seven weeks to reach maturity. Only a few feet high and bearing fruit after 80 days in the garden, this plant is an excellent fresh tomato producer.

Ace 55

Ace 55 was named the “Best Medium-size Tomato” of all time in the fruit growing category by Garden Design Magazine. It was called Ace because of its ability to produce a high yield of medium-sized fruit. The fruit of this hybrid tomato plant will appear around 75 days after planting. It will be around 10-12 ounces in weight, and the plants will be moderately sized. This type of tomato is an excellent producer and a smooth, easy slice. It is also known for being very heat tolerant because it has a fairly low tolerance to heat. It can be grown in pots, in the ground, or on trellises. It is a great tomato for those who want the benefits of the larger, meatier tomatoes.

How many tomato plants should I plant?

Unfortunately, there is no precise formula for determining how many tomato plants you need to plant. To be honest, I don’t know either. Here is my idea of a good formula, however. It’s recommended that you plant between 3 and 5 beefsteaks, cherry, and paste tomatoes if you want to preserve your tomatoes this summer. How to preserve tomatoes this summer is discussed below.

Planning to Preserve Your Tomatoes This Summer

You should make sure that you harvest your tomatoes this summer. It’s a good idea to preserve indeterminate hybrids this year if you are planning on doing so. If you don’t want to preserve tomatoes this summer, then choose determinate varieties and pick them when they are ripe. Simply plant the tomatoes you will be eating this summer into prepared containers or into the ground. Remove any damaged parts of the tomato. Instead of buying seeds, I’d go to your local nursery and select some indeterminate varieties. You can harvest throughout the season as long as you can harvest.

When to harvest your tomatoes?

The answer to this is, basically, whenever you want to. Every part of the tomato can be harvested, including the seeds. If you have a determinate variety that is ripe and ready to harvest, then pick and eat now. If you have tomatoes that are not quite ready, then let them ripen a little more and pick them when they are ripe. It’s important to harvest tomatoes at their peak ripeness and eat them right away. Letting a tomato sit on the counter or in the refrigerator will make the tomato turn brown and rot, even if it is perfect when picked. The best way to store tomatoes is to keep them in a cool, dark, and ventilated place.

Why Is Pruning Important?

The heavy foliage of San Marzano tomatoes is best pruned before they become mature. The foliage takes up space and will be removed during the pruning process. The more foliage the plant has the less fruit that will be produced. By pruning your plants, you can help increase your yield.


Thanks for checking out this Tomato Growing Guide. I hope that you found it useful and informative. If you have any questions about growing tomatoes, please feel free to post them in the comments section below.