Most often, tomatoes are vegetable plants that never stop growing. They say they are at undetermined port.
To support them in their growth, it is therefore important to provide them with suitable support. What materials to use?
What will be the best structure? And how do you attach the rod to the stake? Find our tips for learning to stake tomatoes.
Before starting the article, it is important to specify that you must install stakes as soon as you plant your tomato plants. This will avoid damaging their roots by doing so later.
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Tomato stake: the choice of materials
For the tutor:
Whether it is a tutor in bamboo, in wood, in metal or in plastic, the choice of material ultimately does not matter.
The criteria to be taken into account in making your selection will mainly be orderly aesthetic and convenient (price, strength, lifespan, etc.).
For the tie:
Several options are available to you to choose the hitch: plastic-coated wire, rope in hemp or coconut fibers, raffia, and even ties in plastic.
Our advice: favor natural materials which have the advantage of being more flexible and will therefore damage the rods less in windy conditions.
How to stake the tomatoes?
The simple, straight or spiral tutor:
This is the great classic for staking tomatoes.
- no need for DIY, it is commercially available at affordable prices;
- exists in many materials (bamboo, plastic, metal, etc.);
- has a good lifespan.
- rather limited heights available;
- requires controlling the size of the tomato plant, resulting in loss of yield.
The V-shaped tutor:
It gets its name from its inverted V shape. To do it, you just have to:
- tie two sticks at their top;
- repeat the operation as many times as necessary to cover the cultivation area;
- align the gantries with sufficient space between each to allow air to circulate and limit the appearance or transmission of diseases;
- connect the portals together using a long rod that will strengthen the structure.
- no size limits imposed;
- good lifespan;
- higher yields per tomato plants.
- must be assembled and disassembled annually;
- requires a good storage area.
Clothes line " :
Attach posts or stakes at regular intervals of about 1.50 m and connect them with 3, 4 or 5 horizontal wires depending on the height.
You can then attach your tomato plants to it.
This process is frequently used in greenhouses since the structure allows the wires to be pulled from the top to the bottom.
Whether straight or conical, this type of stake is more suitable for growing potted tomatoes for a balcony or terrace.
The trellis is often attached to the wall.
The goal is to combine practicality with aesthetics.
You can buy the trellis or make it yourself with bamboo, wooden or plastic rods that you tie together.
How to tie the tomato stem to the stake?
There is nothing simpler to do.
AT regular intervals, just form a figure eight, so that the figure-of-eight knot is between the stem and the stake. In this way, the plant will not come to rub against its support.
In order not to damage the plant, and to leave room for it to grow, do not tighten too hard and make a loose tie.
For further :
- Growing tomatoes well
- How to grow cherry tomatoes?
- Growing potted tomatoes
- Tomatoes without a tutor