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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Jun 7, 2017 8:52 PM CST
I have a celebrity tomato plant that's gotten very big over the past few months or so.
Im a first timer, and didn't realize I needed a cage. It's very big now, but what can I do? I tried a cage, but It broke a big part of the plant. It's okay, but I need ideas, because some on the tomatoes are growing in the dirt!
Thanks for any help!
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 7, 2017 9:01 PM CST
It's hard to put a cage around a plant that is already big -- I would suggest putting some straw or something similar under your plant and just letting it sprawl. That's their "natural" growth habit, after all. Smiling
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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Jun 7, 2017 9:04 PM CST
I have mulch under it, is that ok?
And, can I prune the suckers on it too? I'm starting to get a few yellow leaves, which I heard is a pruning indicator .
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 7, 2017 9:14 PM CST
Yes, mulch should be fine. And, you can prune the suckers if you want, but you will probably get more tomatoes if you don't. (Pruning suckers is usually done when "staking" a tomato plant, where you train it to a single stem.) If there are yellow leaves, I would just take those off and let the rest do its own thing.
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Name: stone
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stone
Jun 8, 2017 5:57 AM CST
Am I seeing bird netting?

What are you going to do if a snake gets tangled up in that?

I've cut the netting away from my snakes, and they were OK:
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but I've also had a snake die before I got there...very sad...

I never cut on my tomato plants.

Anyone that needs to prune their plants... Needs a bigger patch.

Looks like you have maters...
Definitely too late to cage.
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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Jun 8, 2017 7:15 AM CST
I don't get snakes here in Dallas, only birds and rabbits.
I'll only take the yellow/dying parts off, and leave it there to do its thing.
Thanks for the info. Rolling my eyes.
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