KNOW WHY USING TOMATO CAGES MAKES YOUR SOWING SO PRODUCTIVE
Using tomato cages has a lot of advantages, and here we tell you which they are
There are many different types of tomatoes tutoring techniques and there are more and more because of the agronomy industry’s advantages and the different preferences and requirements of modern agronomists. Using a tutoring method that suits your tomato sowing will make the difference from a great harvest in less time and a regular quality product with many investment expenses. Tomato cages have become very used recently by agronomists or gardeners who want to simplify the whole sowing process and put a smaller effort while getting better results. These cages can be found in specialized stores, but most of the time to make them oneself turns out to be better. This is so because most cages are made of wire, which does not provide the necessary support to the plant. Fortunately, they can be easily built with remesh (concrete wire) and few tools, as long as they have the necessary measures, which should usually be from 3 to 6 feet tall (0.9 to 1.8 m) and 18 to 30 inches in diameter (46 to 73 cm), with 6×6 inches holes (15×15 cm) to allow an easy manipulation.
Tomato cages are placed once the plant has reached a height of approximately 20 inches (50 cm), before this, needed cares are very few compared to other tutoring methods. As plant grows, new branches will start to naturally lean on the cage’s holes, which turns this into a stacking method too, but with the notable difference that you will not have to tie new sprouts every few weeks, thus preventing the onset of diseases caused by constant manipulation. This will increase the quality of the harvest as well; you will get bigger healthier tomatoes. The resistant cylindrical structure of tomato cages will help them to grow straight and will also work as a protection from animals that may eat your crop. Another good fact about tomato cages is that, when using them, there is no need to regularly prune the plant, obtaining a very leafy plant as result; this will protect fruits from sunscald, but can also work against your favor, increasing humidity and temperature levels inside the cage and thus, facilitating infections and plagues contractions. Opportunely, cages allow good ventilation, ease fumigation processes, and still offer better sanitary conditions than other methods.
This technique not only makes you save money in tutoring materials, but also time, space and labor inversions. The shape of the cages makes you use the most of the available area, but it is recommended they keep a distance from 24 to 30 inches between them in a row (61 to 76 cm) and 30 to 42 inches apart between each row (0.8 to 1.1 m) to allow air flows circulation. Tomato cages make you save time and labor inversion because installing them is much easier and faster than when using traditional stacking methods; also that fact that it is not necessary to tie new stems every few weeks makes you save labor expenses. Though pruning is not strictly required, plant can be reduced to three or four main stems to make harvesting even easier and to decrease humidity levels.