Indeterminate Tomatoes Too tall for cages soon

crazyoldgoose(7a)July 28, 2012

My tomatoes are growing very well this year. (thank god for the drip irrigation during this drought) My potential problem is that they are coming out of the top of my 5 ft concrete reinforcing wire cages and i am just starting to pick them.

I have Brandywines and San Marzano Redortas, loaded with tomatoes.

Should I eventually trim them back? Suggestions opinions welcome.

Thanks!

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sneezer2(5)

I don't think so. I have had the same problem in the past.
Your plants will grow out the top and then break over the
edge. It looks ugly but won't hurt them much. You can support
some of them with twine. Consider extending your cages to 7'
by adding another 2' section of mesh

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 3:29PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

It is perfectly normal for indeterminate plants to outgrow their cages - unless you use 10-12 foot tall cages. However topping them is not a standard practice since all that future production is lost.

The branches just drape back down the outside and keep right on growing and producing.

If you only want plants that will remain contained within a 5' cage then grow determinate varieties.

Dave

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:02PM
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