What is The Best Way to Stake Tomato Plants and why is it important? I prefer the "original" way to stake tomato using wooden sticks. By staking tomato plants you'll grow healthy plants that will produce quality tomatoes.
There are two different ways you may stake your tomato plants. First is by using the tomato cages. Second is using wooden sticks and plant ropes.
The Tomato Cage
Tomato cages are made from concrete reinforcing wire mesh in a cylinder shape to support the tomato plant.
Using tomato cages is the most common method that is being used to stake tomato plants. This method of tomato staking is not my favorite, but it sure is very convenient. You can purchase them at most stores.
These tomato cages are don’t have enough of sufficient support for a full-grown tomato plant. I used these cages once and by the end of the summer, all of my tomato plants along with these cages were lying sideways on the ground.
The Wooden Stakes
Wooden stakes are the best tomato supports. They are usually 1-by-1-inch or 2-by-2-inch boards, and approximately 6 feet long made of tree branches. If you're growing heavy fruiting varieties then using the larger size of stakes is best.
My best way to stake tomato plants is the “old fashion way” or the original way. The way my parents taught me while I was growing up in Ukraine is using the wooden sticks and plant ropes.
Tomato plants staked by wooden sticks should be checked on pretty often during active growth and tied to the stick using plant rope. Make sure to tie the plant securely enough so that the weight of the fruit doesn’t pull the plant down.
Staking tomato plants will improve your chances of success.
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