Trellising Tomatoes

sara-bApril 20, 2010

Hello everyone,

Could you please share your experiences of trellising tomatoes in a SFG to this new comer!! I'd like to plant 6 plants- 2 sungolds, 1 sweet 100, 1 brandywine, 1 purple cherokee, 1 rio grande (determinate), and 1 polish linguisa. I'm not sure how much spacing I should allow for the indeterminate ones in my sfg. Any thoughts???

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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Lots of hits on a search. Many, many hits. My spacing on trellisi is 18".

Dan

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 5:17PM
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sara-b

Thanks Dan. Maybe I need a little help with this site b/c I can't seem to locate any of the hits you are referring to.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 10:09PM
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engineeredgarden(7, nw Alabama)

2 feet of trellis (and soil) per indeterminate variety....

EG

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 10:49PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)
  1. Search results for: tomato trellis

There were 1505 matches.

EG makes a good implicit point: I'm in a dry area, so my spacing is closer than in a humid area.

Dan

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 10:13AM
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snowmanaxp(7b NC)

I did 12 - 16 inches (all cherry tomato varieties) and pinched most suckers last year.
It worked out fine.

This year I may move to 18 inch spacing and pinch fewer suckers and see how it goes.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 10:15AM
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siambasil(6aOH)

Cherry tomatoes tend to spread.They don't get very tall but they will take up a lot of space if not trellised.They make good container plants for that reason.I set a wire cage into the pot (16" pot) for support.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 10:49AM
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daylilyfanatic4(Zone 6 SE NY)

2 feet for indeterminate tomatoes trellised

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 11:00AM
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sara-b

Thank you Daylily! Can I plan to plant basil or other smaller herbs between the plants in my square foot garden or will the trellised tomatoes take over that low as well?

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 12:19PM
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susancol(7 Atlanta)

The tomatoes will definitely shade out the basil and herbs. I do 2 feet along the trellis as well. 4 square feet total per plant.

Susan

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 2:39PM
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eaglesgarden(6b - se PA)

If you are looking for something to plant under the tomatoes, try a cool weather crop...like lettuce...Pick early and often. Lettuce bolts in the heat quickly, but you could get some lettuce out of it. They can last a little longer in the heat if they are shaded.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 6:48PM
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korney19(z6a Buffalo, NY)

Which tomato is the odd man out? I counted SEVEN, not six! lol

    Bookmark   May 9, 2010 at 12:47PM
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carolinacurl

My favorite way to trellis tomatoes is the florida weaving and I plant at 18" apart for all tomatoes.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 5:31PM
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