Benefits of Training Tomatoes
Why Training Tomato Plants is necessaryTraining tomato plants the process by which the plant is supported throughout the growing season. The support is necessary, especially when the fruit weight and other factors are considered.There are lots of benefits of training plants. It helps to support the plant and allow it to receive an adequate amount of sunlight, which is very vital for high yield. Trained crops are easy to harvest. The fruits are off the ground and picking can be done without much stress. It also makes weed removal easier, as fruits are not mixed up with the weed which might eventually lead to damage.However, the best way growers can keep tomatoes healthy is to train them individually onto supports. The supports can be provided with trellis, stake or cage. The most important reasons growers train tomatoes is to make sure that the fruits and leaves are from the soil. It also allows proper air circulation around the plant, which reduces the possibility of foliage blight occurring. On the other hand, supported crops are easily protected from pests than those trailing on the ground. You can also control pests such as whiteflies, aphids, and hornworms properly when you support plants. Pest will be more visible since you don’t have to battle with tangled vines common with unsupported plants.
Materials you need for trainingThese are the materials you would need to train your crops.
- Supports: This could be a 4×6 foot tall 1-by-1 stake. Or an 8-foot tall bamboo stakes or cages.
- Twine (for bamboo method)
- Cloth ties (staking method)
- Using single stake for support
- Bamboo trellising
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