Comments On - Protect Tomatoes by Staking

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Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 6/5/2013 7:02:58 AM
Very interesting. I never knew that the type of plant determines the way to keep them vertical. Plus now I know how to deal with suckers.
Lisa, Lewisberry, PA
Posted: 4/26/2012 7:51:35 PM
For tomatoes I use the larger wire cage with a eight foot tomato pole in the center. This year the tomatoes beat the cucumbers to the top of the 7 foot support structure. The tomatoes turn out great with no diseases, bugs, or critters.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 8/28/2010 6:37:42 AM
I only grow heirlooms. They are all indeterminate and grow to about 8 feet tall. Even with pruning, cages, stakes, rope and anything I can find they still get a bit out of control. I think I must have planted them too close. This is the first time I grew pineapple tomatoes and they get about 1-2 lbs ea. so the plant is bigger than the homestead reds and cherokee purples and I did not plan for that. I will have to figure a better way next crop. Any ideas? I have raised beds.
Desiree', Spring Hill, FL
Posted: 7/18/2010 8:07:22 AM
We always used the concrete re-inforcing wire cages. You have to buy a lot of wire sometimes, but in the long run, it's more economical. Also, we make extra cages, paint them, and sell them on craigslist to make up the cost of buying the wire!
Melissa, Garner, NC
Posted: 7/15/2010 7:52:13 AM
I can understand many benefits of staking but I don't see how that protects the fruit from sunburn.

Interesting about the suckers. I always assumed that the more suckers mean the plant is getting more water.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 7/9/2010 11:38:56 PM
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