How to Support Tomatoes
Some of the numerous benefits that come with the act of supporting tomatoes are allowing easier harvest, diseases prevention, maintaining clean fruits, make it simple to spray and helps in dictating problems. This support for tomatoes can be provided in several ways which include the use of stakes, trellis, tomato cages etc.
Stakes supporting tomatoes
This is a supporting tomatoes method in which you need to place a stake into the ground beside each tomato plant and let the plant be attached to the stake as it grows. In this method, you should let space be between 2-4 feet wide under, while it should be 6 to 8 feet tall for stakes for indeterminate varieties with a foot or so in the ground for stability. Wood, plastic, and bamboo can all serve but you can create your own stakes from the pipe or other materials. Do tie the main stem to the stake after setting them up. To prevent injuries to the stem, this should be done loosely with soft nature.
When we grow tomatoes in a cage, the sides of the cage will support the stems so there would be no need to stake or tie. Most of these cages are too small that it won’t serve indeterminate varieties. Of course, you can always buy bigger ones. In case you want to make even larger supporting tomato cage, then you need 5-foot, 10-gauge concrete reinforcement wire with 6-inch openings. Just cut a 4 1/4-foot length of the wire, and then twine it to form a circular cage about 18 inches in diameter. The bottom two levels of horizontal wire can be cut off to produce legs which you can use to hold the tomatoes by pushing the legs into the ground. In areas where there are winds, make additional stakes and fix them on the ground on opposite sides, this will give more stability. These cages should be 4 feet apart, although the size of your tomato variety will determine.
Using this style of supporting tomatoes means a combination of the above-mentioned styles. The trellis is built by inserting 4-inch wooden posts or pole into the ground using a distance of 10 feet apart, and let the top of the post be 5 or 6 feet high. Recall that this poles will carry the weight of the tomatoes when fruits start coming out so make sure they have enough depth and strength to do this. To each of the post, a concrete reinforcement wire should be tied or you can use wire fencing with 6-inch openings. Leave a space from the bottom of the wire to the ground, about a foot or high enough to let your tiller clear underneath. Now 3 to 4 feet apart along the length, plant the tomatoes. Help wind the stems through the trellis and when the need arises, tie them. But then note that the wire trellis cannot be moved like the two other staking methods.
Permanent Trellis always stays in one place because they are heavy and they look figurines sitting in the winter empty. This type of supporting tomatoes style anytime any day is a good choice, just to build it, you need a bit of hard work, welding skills and tools.