How To Stake Tomato Plants
Why Do You Stake Tomato Plants?
Gardening is a favorite hobby of mine. I love being able to dig in the dirt and watch my veggies grow. There is nothing better than getting a fresh tomato off the vine for the dinner's salad. I can just eat them sliced with a little salt and EVOO.
I have found that by staking my vegetable plants that they grow better. When I didn't stake them they flopped over because the vegetables were too heavy for the stalk to support them. They weren't sitting on the ground getting bruised, eaten by bugs or just rotting away in the soil. They actually grew better and bigger vegetables being suspended in the air.
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Everyone who has a garden grows Tomato plants, they are just so easy to grow and can really be grown anywhere, even in a pot or upside down. I have multiple plants growing in my garden and even have some that I am growing in pots on my deck. These methods are also great for peppers, eggplant and any vegetable or fruit that needs to be supported.
There are a couple of different methods staking vegetables.
1. Staking, which is basically placing a metal or wooden stake in the ground and tying your vegetables to it.
2. Cages, placing a metal "cage" around your plant to support it as it grows.
3. Trellis, tying your plants to a metal or wooden trellis for support and letting them climb upward
4. Stringing, bet you haven't heard of this before. It is a fairly new method of tying your plants up to a series of beams. Sounds difficult but it is fairly easy. See the video below.
For all size gardens
This method goes way back and is quite simple. Tomato stakes are made of metal, wood, plastic or even bamboo.
Place the supporter in the ground about 8 inches deep and approximately 3 inches from the stem of the vegetable plant.
As the plant grows, I tie the plant's new growth to the supporter with zip ties but don't tie it too tight.
Make sure the tie is secure to hold the weight of the plant and vegetables but not cutting into the plant.
As the veggies grows, continue to tie it to the stake
Keep it trimmed as it grows to one or two stems
Pick vegetables when ripened and enjoy
Simple to assemble, the customizable system's height and width can be easily adjusted as the plant grows. Keeping plants fully supported and upright helps promote adequate air circulation and access to maximum sun exposure.
This is better than bamboo, wooden, clumsy cages or towers. It is stronger, easier to use, and will last season to season. With the built-in twistie-ties, supporting your plants is easy. You simply attach the main stem of the plant to the appropriate area as it grows, without fear of breaking branches or ripping leaves.
These spiral supports will keep your veggies safe and sound and off the ground. Durable to last season to season.
Forget flimsy strings - easy-to-use clips support plants without damaging stems. Save time when gardening - attaching your plants with these clips is quicker and easier than using plastic ties or string... and they won't crush the stems.
For medium size gardens
I use cages in my garden they are probably the most popular way to support any plant. I like the way they look in my garden, they are all lined up nice and neat in little rows. They also work great. The best part about using them is that you do not have to prune or trim your plants.
Space out the tomato plants by at least 4 inches
Place cages in ground securely and place over plants when they are small
As plants grow, make sure stems are secured by the spaces in the cage
These economical cone shaped wire cages are a great way to support small vegetable plants, vines and even other garden and flowering plants.
This innovative cage and support is made from a highly durable, weather resistant plastic that won't bend. It's easy to open, collapses flat for storage and highly stable.
This trellis has a vinyl coating that helps to protect the plant from weather. It also protects plants from wind and heavy rain. Available in a green color that blends with plants.
For medium to large size gardens
A trellis is similar to a tomato cage accept that the trellis is flat
Space out the plants by at least 4 inches
Secure trellis in ground and use ties to attach plants
As plants grow, make sure stems are secured to the trellis
For small to large size gardens
Tomato stringing is a fairly new method and involves tying the base of the plant to an overhead bar. The tomato plant grows up the string.
Tie plants at the base and then to overhead bar.
Make sure that stems and branches are tied securely but not tight enough to damage the stems.
As plants grow make sure that any new stems or branches are tied to the overhead bar.