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Tomato Dirt #230] Don’t Wait to Stake Tomatoes!
May 27, 2021

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 11, Number 11

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

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FEATURE: Don’t Wait to Stake Tomatoes!

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. Otherwise, you may damage their root systems. Take these steps to stake tomatoes.

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 …

    Check the complete step-by-step directions that explain how to tie up tomato plants … and get more tomato staking tips on our Pinterest board.

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    Tomato Growing Tip: Don't Wait to Stake

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    Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

    Different Ways to Stake Tomatoes

    Gardener’s Blue Ribbon and other tomato cagesTrellis netting, trellis stakes, trellis ties Tomato stakes: choose from bamboo, metal, wood, sturdy plastic, more

    More Tips for Staking Tomatoes

    6 Great Reasons to Stake Your Tomato PlantsReview: Tomato Cages from Gardener’s SupplyHow to Build Tomato Cages The Perfect Tomato Staking Tape>

    That’s it for now. More next time.

    Until then, happy gardening!

    Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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