We’ve been too busy gardening in between wrestling tech tigers to write much on this, but you know the saying: “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” So… maybe a video is worth 10,000 or so, when it comes to sharing about staking tomatoes. 🤔
Our approach to tomato growing has shifted. We have adopted a method used by commercial growers. It’s what we call the “string method”.
Our set up is much simpler but the main methods apply:
- Support the tomato using a taut vertical strand of material (jute)
- Tie or clip plant at the low end; wrap string around the stem as it grows
- Adjust (tighten) the tension to keep plant upright as it grows
- Prune side stems up to one of two leaf stems above first set of tomato blossoms
- Keep suckers pruned
Part 1: Staking and Pruning Tomatoes with Jute Twine
For 2019 staking, we’re using the string method.
Part 2: Staking Tomatoes with Jute Twine
In this video you’ll see the advance growth of the tomatoes and plants as compared to the previous month.
Staking Tomatoes Using the Florida Weave Method
This is the tomato staking method we used last year. It worked well, though it was a little harder to maintain than the string method in the videos above.
For more on growing tomatoes, you may enjoy this article on colored tomatoes.
Let’s keep on growing!
I’m LeAura Alderson, entrepreneur, ideator, media publisher, writer and editor of GardensAll.com. Pursuits in recent years have been more planting seeds of ideas for business growth more than gardening. However, I’ve always kept plants, been interested in medicinal herbs and nutrition and healing from food over pharmacy. I assist in our family gardening projects primarily (at present) through the sharing of information through our websites and newsletters.
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