Does Your Tomato Plant Need Support to Grow?

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Do Tomato Plants Need Support:

Tomatoes need support to grow. Other than the food, light, water, and pruning tomatoes also require support to effectively grow and bear fruits.

Though people might argue that bush varieties are capable enough to grow without support, the reality is when they start fruiting the plant can get weighed down by heavy fruits.

Plants That Need Support:

Some plants need support while they grow, while others don’t. In most cases, seed packs will tell you which plants will vine out and will need support, but sometimes, you may also have to figure it out yourself.

Following is a list of some of the common plants that need support to grow:

  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Cucumber
  • Beans
  • Squash
  • Grapes

if you don’t give the necessary support to the above plants they won’t be able to develop properly and end up deformed. As they keep lying on the ground they become more susceptible to pests and diseases.

By supporting your plants you also save space as you help them go vertically.

Why Support Tomatoes:

Here are the main reasons why you should support your tomato plants:

  • Supporting helps reducing tomato diseases
  • Support structures make it easier to harvest tomatoes.
  • Your tomatoes will be clean and free from dirt.
  • You can monitor your plants easily and check for any pest infestation at a very early stage.

Supporting Tomato Plants:

Tomato plants are mainly of two types. Determinate and Indeterminate. Though both of them need support to thrive, the types of support are different.

As determinate varieties mature fast they generally stop growing once they reach a height of 3 to 4 feet. They also fruit all at once. So the support needs to bear the large weight of multiple ripening fruits.

Due to this a tomato cage is ideal for supporting determinate tomato plants. You can buy tomato cages locally or through online stores.

Tomato cages can support tomatoes in containers as well as outdoors.

Indeterminate tomatoes on the other hand produce fruits throughout the whole season and continue to grow and branch out. Mature plants can reach heights of more than 10 feet.

Due to this reason, you can support the plants by applies trellis. Though you can also use tomato cages, they have to be quite large compared to the determinate variety cages.

Different Support Structures For Tomatoes:

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Although you can give support to your tomato plants in many ways, here are some of the most common support structures:

  • Stake
  • Trellis
  • Cage
  • Fence

Staking A Tomato:

To stake your tomatoes, use wooden, bamboo, or any type of stake. Ideally, it should be more than 4 feet in height. Once the tomato plant starts growing keep tieing the plant with the stake.

Staking your tomatoes might take a lot of effort but this is one of the cheapest ways to support your plant.

Tomato Cages:

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Tomato cages provide the best support for determinate tomato varieties. They allow the tomato plant to grow upwards, and during fruiting, they give support to the heavy branches loaded with ripening tomatoes.

The cage prevents the tomato plant from toppling or breaking completely due to the heavy weight.

The best time to put the cage is when the plant is young. If you place the cage latter in the soil it can damage the roots or vines. Setting the cage early on the other hand allows the tomato roots to grow without any disturbances.

Trellis Support for Tomatoes:

To train your tomatoes to achieve maximum yield you can use trellis support. In a trellis system, your tomato plants are supported both vertically as well as horizontally. You can easily make your trellis support system all you need is some stakes (or other support structure), some twines, and some patience.

Trellis system may seem a bit costly in terms of money and time but it usually pays off at the time of tomato harvesting.

Using Fence Structure:

This is using your current garden fence to grow tomatoes. Garden fencing can be done in various ways, and you can use the structure to give support to your tomato plants. To use this idea, grow tomato plants near the garden fence.

If you don’t have any fences, you can buy wire fencing like this.

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Hi there! My name is Prasenjit and I’m an avid gardener and someone who has grown a passion for growing plants. From my hands-on experience, I have learned what works and what doesn't. Here I share everything I have learned.

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