AnimalBabe wrote:Interesting, i really thought Celebrity was indeterminate. I bought two five gallon containers. When you say "sprawl on the ground" you mean ones planted directly in the ground correct? So if I used containers, would only one stake be sufficient? Having never planted tomatoes before, I don't know how large these get, and would rather start with a cage, then end up finding the plant is growing so huge and isn't supported correctly. Please advise.
For the most part, those cages you see at garden centers are woefully inadequate in both size and gauge of wire used to make them. Many of those things are only 3-4 ft. tall when they are stuck in the ground properly and some of my tomato plants get to be well over 6 ft. tall.
I either use stakes made from 2x2" material, drive them into the ground about a foot or more with at least 5 ft. above ground. I'll then tie my tomato plants to them as they grow. I also have cages I made using concrete reinforcing wire that comes in a roll 5 ft. tall x 100 ft. long. I'll cut the wire in 5 ft. lengths off the roll and make my cages. If stuff grows outside the wire and starts getting kinda big, gently weave it back in when you can.
Tomato plants are actually vining plants and can't support their own weight so they grow along the ground. Fruit left on or near the ground is more prone to damage by rot, pests and diseases. If you have them in a container, you can simply place the container on top of something like a plant stand and let the foliage cascade from the container, but soon enough, it will likely reach the ground. My late father-in-law grew some like this on his wood deck and that worked for him because they were not in direct contact with soil. He even hung a couple 5 gallon buckets with handles off some heavy duty hooks fastened to his overhang and let them cascade down. That was his idea of a "Topsy Turvey" alternative.