tomato plants never got into cages- help!

bacon13(4)July 19, 2011

I have about a dozen tomato plants.......early girl, best boy and roma's. I took forever deciding what to do for cages for them. I finally decided to make my own cages but didn't have much free time to work on them.

Now it is late July and only a few of my plants have any support. Any suggestions on what to do with them? They are laying all over the ground and don't have much fruit.

Can I stake them and then tie them upward some or what? I have a real mess.

Thanks.

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tracydr(9b)

You can build tripods around them and tie up the branches. Or, let them sprawl with plenty of mulch.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 9:46PM
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tracydr(9b)

You can build tripods around them and tie up the branches. Or, let them sprawl with plenty of mulch.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 10:21PM
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Avocado101(9A Southern California)

If they are lined up, you can put up stakes at ends and put up a trellis using twine. See youtube video below.

Here is a link that might be useful: youtube video

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 11:29PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

The method shown in Avocado101's video is generally referred to as "Florida weave."

It's not necessary to remove so many suckers.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 11:59PM
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Bets(z6A S ID)

I've been using the Florida Weave method of support since the early 2000's, and the only suckers that get removed are the ones I break accidently. I think it is the only way to go when you have more than 100 tomato plants growing.

It's best to start stringing them when the plants are between 1 and 2 feet tall. Any taller and you may break them trying to get them up off the ground. And it helps to run the next course of string before the tomatoes really need it, that way you can tuck them in as they need it.

I hope that helps.

Betsy

Here is a link that might be useful: Florida Weave

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 2:30AM
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John11840(z6/CT)

If you are concerned about breaking them, just let them lie. You may have to wash some soil off the fruit, but they will produce. I can remember that my Dad never staked his toms in the 1950s.
John A

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 10:04AM
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Bets(z6A S ID)

If you don't want to take a chance on breaking them and want to let them sprawl, you could try slipping some sheets of cardboard under them to keep the fruit clean.

Betsy

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 11:47AM
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gardenmommy_2010

I would just stake them up at this point. It's pretty easy to put in a stake and tye up the branches so they're supported.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 4:23PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Sky hook

    Bookmark   July 22, 2011 at 3:22AM
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