Tying Up Tomato Plants (Tomato Staking DIY)

Staking individual tomatoes is something that as a home gardener you should consider. To get you ready to handle your garden, here are a few tomato staking DIY tips for tying your tomatoes.

Tomato staking DIY, like most DIYs is not easy. You don’t need to be handy but you need a good guide. Before you get to following the guide, make available the materials you will require.

Some of the DIY tools you need are a string, scissors, and a sterilizer. Sterilizer will is useful for disinfection. It prevents spreading or infecting plants as you move from one to another.

Biodegradable twines are great for the environment but they can be costly. Nylon twines are cheap. They can bring your costs down if you are working with a tight budget. Now that you have the materials ready, let’s move to the garden.

Choosing a string

tomato staking diy
Tying tomatoes with a strip from a piece of cloth

When it comes to string type, somedays you just want to save a buck, and some days you want to save the world. You will find some people using low-budget plastic or manila or any other type of string.

These are stretchy and can expand as the plant grows. You can use a piece of an old t-shirt or nylon pantyhose. Nylon and pantyhose are great because they don’t cause rot.

It is usually not recommended to use string because they cause rot or might damage the plant on account of them being so tight. It takes great care to tie up a tomato plant the right way using string. Continue reading for how to prepare the tomato plant for tying.

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Prepare the tomato plant for tying

Tomato staking DIY: loop around the stem and under the branch

To tie the plant, first, take your string around the stem of the tomato plant. Then make a small loop before tying the knot to secure the plant to the stake or support system.

If you were tending to your crop like you are supposed to, those babies are probably bushy by now. Bushy tomato plants are tough to stake or tie. Pruning is crucial.

At this step, you first remove the extra branches and suckers. The suckers are the branches that come off the main stem.

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The main stem is the part of the plant that has most of the food. The main stem is usually thicker and sturdier. The sucker usually appears between the main stem and a branch of leaves.

You probably know that suckers do produce fruit. If you didn’t, now you do. But the fruits are usually of poor quality. That’s why suckers get cut when pruning. You can do so with your fingers.

The loop keeps the stem secure so that it does not get scratched by the string moving upland down. You want to have it just tight enough so that it stays up against the stake. Keep reading.

Pruning will give you enough room to carry out your tying of tomato plants with ease. Once the stem is ready you begin tying the tomato plant to the stake.

Indeterminate tomatoes benefit most from staking

Staking individual tomato plants is good for indeterminate tomatoes. Indeterminate varieties are such as the beefsteak types of tomatoes.

If you have many plants in the garden, you will need to dedicate significant time and effort to tie up all the plants because it is a little bit labor-intensive.

More about seed varieties here.

When it comes to the farm, where you might have hundreds of tomato plants, a different method is necessary for efficient staking.

For growing small cherry tomatoes, and for the determinant or bush plants, In such a case, the basketweave or Florida weave tomato staking technique.

In most cases, the plant needs pruning before you begin tying the plant to the stake. You need to remove the lower branches. Also, shorten the long branches to keep some distance between leaves and the soil.

When the leaves touch the ground, it is easy for the plants to get infections from early blight and late blight among other serious diseases.

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When pruning and or trellising tomato plants, only remove what is necessary. Leave as much foliage on the plant to protect the fruits from sun burning and scalding. That’s going to help when the fruits start to mature and you’re almost harvesting.

A quick tip is to remove the leaves below the lowest cluster.

Read More

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5 Benefits Of Tomato Pruning Beyond Disease Control

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