Staking tomato plants-3 Options

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True tomato gardeners know the value of staking tomato plants. If you are still new to growing tomato plants, then this article will be of extreme help to you. I will discuss three of the most popular ways one can use in staking one’s tomato plants.

Using wooden stakes
This is the most common method for staking tomato plants. Tomato stakes come in a variety of materials and can be bought in many different sizes. For the sake of this article, I will look at the more common bamboo stakes. These can be purchased from most nurseries or can even be made at home. A major advantage to way of staking your tomato plants is that it saves space. It’s a sort of a vertical gardening technique and allows you grow many tomato plants close to each other. You can also prune your tomato plants so that all your tomatoes grow of a single stem. If you do have the space however, I suggest that you use multiple stakes per plant, so that you can stake a few of the stems instead of cutting them off. This usually allows you to get more tomatoes per plant.

Using a tomato cage
This is another one of the old, traditional favorites when it comes to tomato gardening. Many gardeners swear by growing tomatoes using cages. There are a number of advantages to this method, a big one being that it allows you to grow your entire tomato plant without having to prune too much. It’s also handy in that it keeps your pet away from your tomato plant. I recommend that you build your own tomato cages however, as most so the store bough ones are very strong. This method is ideal if you have many tomato plants growing close to each other, as you can cage a few of the plants at once. This will also give the appearance of a more lush tomato garden, which is quite eye-leasing.

Using a piece of string
This has to be one of the simplest methods when it comes to staking your tomato plants. All you need to do is to tie a piece of twine to the upper part of the plant, and the other end of the sting can be tied onto a fence post, or something similar. Your tomato plant will grow (with a bit of your help of course) around the twine, creeping its way up. This method can be implemented on a tomato plant of almost any size, just as long as it hasn’t yet started to bear fruit.

1 comment:

  1. Whenever I have tried planting tomatoes, my garden doesn't end up drying up before harvest. I don't seem to understand what the reason when I am very particular about every detail.

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