Why spend a little extra on tomato cages?
There’s a simple reason: sturdy durability.
If you grow tomatoes every year, then you’ll want to consider investing in cages that last. One of the best kinds we've seen are Gardener's Supply cages
Cone cages (tomato baskets) sold at discount department stores and home improvement centers are less expensive than GS cages.
But they’re flimsy. Their tines bend easily. They work only for the smallest tomato plants and don’t withstand strong rains and thunderstorms. The interior support rings are quick to break out when fruit gets heavy.
Even if your tomatoes only grow to half their expected size (which likely won’t happen if you read Tomato Dirt!), your plants will quickly overpower the cone cages.
For decades, gardeners have been driving stakes into the ground and tying up branches all season long. Poles, posts, sticks, and branches used to support tomatoes all present this time-consuming problem. GS cages are huge time savers. They’re also healthier for the plants because they’re more stable. Branches won’t snap off as easily. Since plants are upright in cages there is better air circulation.
Learn more about GS tomato cages
. (You can also check out different tomato cages to find the right ones for you and your garden including the Ultimate Garden Cage
at Garden.com and Burpee’s popular XL Pro Tomato Cage
Among other things, these babies provide heavy-duty support for tomato plants. That’s especially important if you grow indeterminate tomatoes, which keep getting bigger and bigger as the season progresses.
There are several other qualities for you to consider about GS cages.
here.) Because they’re vertical and well-supported, your tomato plants also get better circulation, which helps prevent diseases from spreading so easily. If you have a small garden or limited space these cages allow your plants to grow upright and save your real estate from tomato sprawl. You can also use these cages for plants other than tomatoes, like peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, peas, pole beans, roses, larger dahlias, or lilies.
As an added bonus, GS cages deter deer!
. GS cages stand just 32” above the soil line. Most tomato varieties get to be much larger than that.
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