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Tomato Support

Tomato Support

Young tomatoes need to be support so as to allow them to grow in the best way possible. The provision of such help to a tomato youngling is call tomato support.

This practice makes it easier to harvest and spray the tomatoes, keeps the fruit clean, and helps in the observation of the growing tomatoes making it easier to prevent diseases since any changes in leaf colour will be easily spot. There are varying means of providing this support, ranging from cages to stakes and trellis; and so on and so forth. A detailed description of the support mechanism is below;

Tomato Support
Support mesh installed in tomato cultivation field.

Types of Tomato Support

Cages

A cage is a structure usually make of heavy wire that is use to provide support for tomato vines and the fruit they are carrying. It is the most common means of providing support for young tomatoes.

Cages can purchased, but there is a risk that it may not be the desire size for some tomato varieties. This problem is easily solve by making larger cages for tomato net by one’s self. These cages are make to last for a number of years.

How to Make a Cage

First, you need a 5-foot, 10-guage concrete reinforcement wire that has openings that are 6-inches wide. To get the 6-inch wideness, you take a 4 ¼ -foot length of the reinforcement wire and coil it to make a cage that is about 18 inches in diameter. To create the legs, you cut off the bottom two legs of the wire, giving you the legs of the cage.

These legs will be push into the ground to provide support for the cage. The sides of the cage, in turn, provide support for the young tomato vines, and as a result, they do not need to be tie. In areas where the wind speed is high, extra support is provided for the cage in the form of extra sticks driven into the ground, just inside the cage. The appropriate spacing for the cages is 4 feet, although this can vary from different species.

Tomato cages
Tomato cages made of heavy wire are used to support tomato plants.
Stakes

Stakes can be of wood, plastic, bamboo styles and you can make your own from the pipe or other materials. After setting up the stakes, tie the main stem to the stake loosely with soft ties to avoid injuring the stem.

It is a technique for tomato net which is easy and requires for the stake to be drive into the ground by each tomato plant and tying the plant up the stake as it grows; each state is set at about 2-4 feet wide. Indeterminate varieties of stakes need to be 6 to 8 feet tall with a foot in the ground for stability.

Tomato stakes
Wooden or plastic posts can be used as stakes to give extra support even bamboo stakes.
Wire trellis

This is an immovable technique for tomato support which is a combination of cages and stakes. Poles or 4- inch wooden posts are sunk into the ground about 10 feet apart to build the trellis. It has to be deep enough and properly anchored to support the weight of all the tomatoes when it is laden with fruit.

Concrete reinforcements wire or wire fencing with 6- inch openings are tie to the posts. The top of the posts should be 5 or 6-inch high, space of about a foot is left from the bottom of the wire to the ground. The tiller has to be clear underneath, so it should be high. A spacing of the planted tomato is 3 to 4 feet apart.

Permanent Trellis

Also exist permanent trellises which have the advantage of a very long usage. They are very heavy and are meant to stay in one place. It is a very good technique for tomato support.

Tomato Trellis Netting
The technique of tomato trellis is a combination of tomato cages and stakes or posts.
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    Trellis Net for Vegetable Tutoring (25x25cm mesh)

    MXN $430.68MXN $10,678.26 + I.V.A. (1 pieza)
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    Vegetable Support Netting (15x17cm mesh)

    MXN $481.00MXN $9,481.15 + I.V.A. (1 pieza)
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    Trellis Netting for a Tutoring System (12.5×12.5cm mesh)

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Young tomatoes need to be support so as to allow them to grow in the best way possible. The provision of such help to a tomato youngling is call tomato support.

This practice makes it easier to harvest and spray the tomatoes, keeps the fruit clean, and helps in the observation of the growing tomatoes making it easier to prevent diseases since any changes in leaf colour will be easily spot. There are varying means of providing this support, ranging from cages to stakes and trellis; and so on and so forth. A detailed description of the support mechanism is below;

Tomato Support
Support mesh installed in tomato cultivation field.

Types of Tomato Support

Cages

A cage is a structure usually make of heavy wire that is use to provide support for tomato vines and the fruit they are carrying. It is the most common means of providing support for young tomatoes.

Cages can purchased, but there is a risk that it may not be the desire size for some tomato varieties. This problem is easily solve by making larger cages for tomato net by one’s self. These cages are make to last for a number of years.

How to Make a Cage

First, you need a 5-foot, 10-guage concrete reinforcement wire that has openings that are 6-inches wide. To get the 6-inch wideness, you take a 4 ¼ -foot length of the reinforcement wire and coil it to make a cage that is about 18 inches in diameter. To create the legs, you cut off the bottom two legs of the wire, giving you the legs of the cage.

These legs will be push into the ground to provide support for the cage. The sides of the cage, in turn, provide support for the young tomato vines, and as a result, they do not need to be tie. In areas where the wind speed is high, extra support is provided for the cage in the form of extra sticks driven into the ground, just inside the cage. The appropriate spacing for the cages is 4 feet, although this can vary from different species.

Tomato cages
Tomato cages made of heavy wire are used to support tomato plants.
Stakes

Stakes can be of wood, plastic, bamboo styles and you can make your own from the pipe or other materials. After setting up the stakes, tie the main stem to the stake loosely with soft ties to avoid injuring the stem.

It is a technique for tomato net which is easy and requires for the stake to be drive into the ground by each tomato plant and tying the plant up the stake as it grows; each state is set at about 2-4 feet wide. Indeterminate varieties of stakes need to be 6 to 8 feet tall with a foot in the ground for stability.

Tomato stakes
Wooden or plastic posts can be used as stakes to give extra support even bamboo stakes.
Wire trellis

This is an immovable technique for tomato support which is a combination of cages and stakes. Poles or 4- inch wooden posts are sunk into the ground about 10 feet apart to build the trellis. It has to be deep enough and properly anchored to support the weight of all the tomatoes when it is laden with fruit.

Concrete reinforcements wire or wire fencing with 6- inch openings are tie to the posts. The top of the posts should be 5 or 6-inch high, space of about a foot is left from the bottom of the wire to the ground. The tiller has to be clear underneath, so it should be high. A spacing of the planted tomato is 3 to 4 feet apart.

Permanent Trellis

Also exist permanent trellises which have the advantage of a very long usage. They are very heavy and are meant to stay in one place. It is a very good technique for tomato support.

Tomato Trellis Netting
The technique of tomato trellis is a combination of tomato cages and stakes or posts.
  • hortomallas-cuadro-25x25
    Select options

    HORTOMALLAS®
    Trellis Net for Vegetable Tutoring (25x25cm mesh)

    MXN $430.68MXN $10,678.26 + I.V.A. (1 pieza)
  • Malla Tutora para Hortalizas (cuadro 15x17cm)(Comprimida)
    Select options

    HORTOMALLAS®
    Vegetable Support Netting (15x17cm mesh)

    MXN $481.00MXN $9,481.15 + I.V.A. (1 pieza)
  • Malla para Entutorar, Sistema de Tutoreo (cuadro 12.5×12.5cm)(Comprimida)
    Select options

    HORTOMALLAS®
    Trellis Netting for a Tutoring System (12.5×12.5cm mesh)

    MXN $606.32MXN $6,916.10 + I.V.A. (1 pieza)

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