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.
Stake It with the Best (and Save)
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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.
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As you may know, one of my favorite sites to browse for gardening gear is Gardener’s Supply . They’ve got an awesome selection of tomato cages and supports (and staking gear for other plants you grow, too, like roses, beans, peas, and container tomatoes.) And great news if you find something and buy it at GS: their products are 100% guaranteed. Have fun browsing . and getting ideas for your garden.