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Aug 18, 2017 6:25 PM CST
Hi I am wondering if anyone can help me out. My tomato plants have not stopped growing since I've put them in my garden. They have long outgrown their tomato cage and have already reached 5ft tall. They have been falling over because the cage can no longer support them. It seems to be causing a stress of the base of the stem. I have considered staking them but I'm worried I will damage the roots. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 18, 2017 6:29 PM CST
Stake the tomato cage, not the plant, then you will be far enough away from the stems to not damage the plant. You will need at least 2 stakes - I use fence T-posts.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Aug 18, 2017 7:07 PM CST
Only 5' ? lucky you! Indeterminate types will just keep growing until weather, or you stop them. Mine hit 9' a couple of weeks ago. I have them supported with a rope attached to my shed, and propped up with a trellis I wasn't using....but they're loaded with fruit.

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