build a super sturdy tomato cage. we grow monsters. our tomato plants are 8 ft tall and we got bushels from 4 plants. we bought a house with land and plan to garden even larger this year. i can’t wait to get this built and have my mega tomatoes growing like gangbusters but totally OFF the ground!
i’ve been growing tomatoes for years, but when it comes to pruning, i need a step by step guide. sure, i pinch off the suckers and the wild ones, but am i really doing it right? check out this step by step guide.
Many years ago, I saw a farm worker trellising tomatoes in a commercial field. He quickly walked down one row and up the other side with his hand bobbing up and down like a needle on a sewing machine. In minutes, hundreds of tomato plants were secure in their trellis. This speedy technique, sometimes called Florida weave, holds tomato plants upright in slots created by twine strung horizontally between stakes.
Without a trellis or cage, tomato plants would sprawl on the ground, vulnerable to fungi and insects. One of the most common ways to trellis tomatoes in the home garden is also one of the most time consuming: tying a tomato plant to a stake. With one or two plants, that’s no big deal. But if you have a dozen or more tomatoes needing weekly attention as they grow, the Florida weave saves time.
Here’s how: Plant tomatoes in a straight row, spaced about 2 feet apart. Drive stakes at the beginning and end of the row and in the spaces between the plants. (In regions without a lot of wind, you can get by with a stake between every other plant.)