Training Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Madison, WI
Avatar for shubanks
Question by shubanks
November 18, 1997
How can I "corral" my Burpee tomato plants better even when I center them inside wire cages?

Answer from NGA
November 18, 1997
Tomatoes are vigorous growers, there's no doubt about that! Some gardeners stack their tomato cages two-high to contain the growth. If you aren't one to prune your tomatoes, this may be your easiest route. Gardener's Supply Co. (; ph# 800/863-1700) carries sturdy, roomy tomato cages suited to stacking. You'd need to reinforce the corners with bamboo poles or wooden stakes, and wire the cages securely together.

If you want to try other techniques, here's one that requires less money but more attention to pruning - set up tall, sturdy stakes at either end of the row, and attach a strong wire (heavy-guage fence wire) across the tops. For each tomato plant, uspend a strand of baling twine or other rope from the wire, and tie it to the tomato stalk. Wrap the twine around the stalk as it grows to keep it standing straight. Prune off side shoots and suckers as they come out. Hope these are helpful ideas!

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by Murky and is called "Tulips in various shades of red"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.