Rutgers - original indet strain - some questions
I am growing Rutgers this year - started from seed - the seed is from Southern Exposure Seeds in Virginia. The catalog listing: 75 days. (Indeterminate) The original strain of this famous New Jersey tomato. When Rutgers University refined the variety in 1943, they took out some of the vininess, but also some of the flavor. This original strain tastes better.
My question is this - does Rutgers grow a heavy duty strong stemmed plant which almost stands on its own without benefit of trellis/supports? I've got 3 of these plants and the stems/branches are so thick and strong that they don't need much help from me to stand up. I've got them staked with EMT supports because I thought they would be 'viney' in growth habit. -OR- is it possible the the seeds I grew out reverted back to the determinate plant??
I grew Rutgers in the 1980's but do not remember the plants being so "strong" ?? Anyone?? Would photos help? BTW all plants are in 20gallon containers.