[Tomato Dirt #125] Stake and Tie Up Your Tomatoes in 6 Easy Steps
June 06, 2017
Tomato Dirt Newsletter Volume 7, Number 9
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FEATURE: Stake and Tie Up Your Tomatoes In 6 Easy Steps
Tomatoes grow vigorously. They continually send up new stems, branches, and blossoms. Staking tomatoes allows for better air circulation, gives them more room to grow, and prevents diseases. Tying up branches to stakes or cages prevents them from breaking.
Even if you don’t stake or cage tomato plants right after planting, don’t wait too long to take these steps.
How to tie up tomato plants
Locate the lower, thick part of the branch below a fork. (Do not tie branch tips to stakes as they are more likely to break.)
Wrap one end of the tie around the thick part of the branch and tie a granny (double) knot. To get the best tension,
imagine you’re making a knot around your finger. Don’t pull too tightly or you will injure or choke the plant.
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