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Best way to stake tomatoes?

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:18 pm
by dennybob
This is my first post on the board so, maybe this has been discussed before. If so, please forgive me. I did search but could not come up with much of anything.

I used to just stake my tomatoes with a tomato stake for each plant and that worked okay for 40-50 plants but, now we are planting hundreds of plants for the CSA and staking and tying each plant seems a bit overwhelming. This is our third year as a CSA and the last couple years we didn't use any staking. That was less than satisfactory for us. What methods do you folks use for your tomatoes?

I am thinking about using 1inch by 1 inch by 8 foot long stakes every 5 or 10 foot and running a heavy line or cable through a hole near the top and then running tomato strings down from that to each plant. Similar to the way I have seen on the Johnny's select seed video. Has anyone used this method? Does it work? Is there a better option? Thanks.

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:43 pm
by cynthia_h
Please see the Sticky on [url=]Tomato Support Methods[/url]. There are six pages of discussion regarding several methods, *some* of which do not require individual staking, etc.

Hope your CSA does very well this year! :D

Cynthia H.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:36 am
by dennybob
Thanks for the help. A few in that thread mentioned the method I want to try but, it didn't sound like any were actually using it. I guess I'll find out the hard way. What else is new, I guess.

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:23 am
by applestar
I remember that particular method was described as typically used by commercial tomato growers in the sticky thread. Personally, I prefer not to prune my tomatoes to single stem. It sounds like a lot of work. :wink:

I like the Florida weave method for a long straight row of tomatoes. My idea of a long straight row is about 12 feet but this method is adaptable to any length row. 8)