I've been reading a lot about pruning and staking tomatoes, and I think I've learned a lot, but in the end I may just be more undecided about what route to pursue.
I have a bunch of seedlings under lights in my basement: Amish Paste, Lemondrop, Kanner Hoell, Brandywine, and Isis Candy Cherry (3 of each variety); all are indeterminates.
Looking at all the different support methods, I think I'm down to choosing between stakes/stringing and trellis--i.e., probably not cages, but that's not a complete conviction.
From what I've gleaned, if you use a stake or a string you basically should prune to a single stem, while you can use multiple stems or dispense with pruning if you use a trellis of some sort (horizontal strings, steel mesh, etc.). So, support method dictates pruning and vice versa.
My thought is to try this: for 2 of each variety (10 plants total) prune to a single stem and use along with staking or stringing--the space I can use is limited and this'll allow me to grow them closer together. Then with the remaining five plants (one of each variety) plant them either with a string trellis--either the Florida weave method or this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCCx93hEoa8, though weaving your own mesh seems like a lot of work)--or using a couple of sheets of concrete reinforcing mesh. These five I can either not prune at all or do so to four or more stems.
As far as staking, any reason not to use these?
sharpening one end and driving it down 18-24", leaving 6' exposed.