[Tomato Dirt #179] Tie ‘Em Up! Tips for Staking Tomatoes
June 20, 2019
Tomato Dirt Newsletter Volume 9, Number 13
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Tomatoes grow vigorously. They continually send up new stems, branches, and blossoms. Tying up branches to stakes or cages prevents them from breaking.
Wait to tie plants to stakes until first flowers appear. This encourages the main stem to grow strong. Tie branches to the stake opposite blossoms so that when fruit grows, it is not trapped between the stake and the tie.
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.
Gently stretch the tie to the cage or stake, supporting the branch.
Wrap the second tie end around the stake or cage wire.
Adjust the tension more or less to train the branch to a supported position along the stake.
Fasten the end of the tie to the stake or cage with a granny (double) knot.