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How to Stake Tomatoes


This video shows four supports for tomato plants in your garden: Tall Titan Garden Stake, Tomato Ladder, Tomato Cage, and Tomato Tower.

Here are some of the pros and cons for each type of support:

Type of support Pros Cons
Stake
  • Good for tight spaces
  • Perfect for square-foot gardens
  • Affordable
  • Easy to store
  • Plants need frequent pruning
  • Heavy pruning means less fruit per plant
  • Must tie plant to stake
Ladder
  • Good for compact spaces
  • Perfect for square-foot gardens
  • Nest for storage
  • Extra-sturdy
  • Easy access for pruning and harvesting
  • Plants need occasional pruning
  • Must weave plant branches through ladder
  • Plant stems will need tying to ladder
Cage
  • Easiest way to support a plant
  • Surrounds plant on all sides; no need to tie
  • Less pruning needed
  • Good for small to medium-sized plants
  • Must reach through grid to harvest
Tower
  • Easiest way to support a plant
  • Surrounds plant on all sides; no need to tie
  • Less pruning needed
  • Good for tall plants
  • Must reach through grid to harvest

Whatever support technique you use, all tomato plants benefit from some pruning, even those supported by cages and towers. Learn more about pruning and training your tomato plant:

Related Article: Pruning Technique Improves Tomato Harvest



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Last updated: 8/8/19


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