Best Way To Support Tomato Plants Using Strings And Clips

The big idea for supporting tomato plants is to train them to grow in the direction you desire. Tomato plants have soft stems and naturally want to grow horizontally, especially when pregnant with fruit. Of the many ways you can support tomato plants, I have narrowed down one best way to support tomato plants after another to give you 3 top tips. 

The first best way to support tomato plants using strings and clips is strings. You wrap a string around the stem, just below where the branch meets the stem. Then tie it to a fence post, crossbar or stake. The second best way to support tomato plants is using plastic clips, which replace knots below the intersection of the branch and stem.

Training is the best way to support tomato plants because it teaches them to grow upwards and get the most sun to produce big, juicy, and sweet fruits. Naturally, tomato vines will sprawl on the ground without an intervention to support them.

The best way for stringing up tomatoes
The best way for stringing up tomatoes

Stringing tomatoes has a whole basket full of benefits. Firstly, if you have a small garden, stringing helps make good use of the space because you can fit more plants. With your plants safely off the ground, fruits will be clear of the bacteria and fungi in the soil and mature clean. Lastly, it makes harvesting easy, especially for those having back problems. You never have to bend over too much to access the ripe fruits.

Supporting tomato plants using clips

While figuring out supporting tomatoes with string, you might use plastic strings more often because they are easy to reuse and cheap. Plastic lines will serve you well in big fields where you want to keep your costs at a minimum. 

Biodegradable twine comes in handy if you want something that can decay in the soil after disposal. However, there will come a time when plastic clips are your best approach instead of a string.

If you’re not a natural at the tying- knots game, one clip at a time is for you. Clips are good for gardens in windy locations, and you can easily install them on a couple of plants in a short time. Depending on the size of the garden or farm, you might need some extra hands to get you through the cupping process. Perhaps you’re producing a large number of them for a business.

best way to support tomato plants using strings and clips
Supporting tomato plants with plastic clips

1. Cut a long piece of thread. Tie it to the top end first.

2. Place a tomato clip under a low branch branching off the main stem.

3. Close the tomato clip so that the hinge grips the string and holds it in place. If you have an adequate strain on the thread, your tomato plant’s base will stay upright.

4. Continue tying up your tomato plant with additional clips or string twining.

Supporting tomato plants using strings

String! I probably shocked you. But it is a fantastic support system for all types of climbing plants, including cucumbers, which I discuss in another article.

Strings are great because they are gentle on tomato stems, easy to find at your local store, cheap, and easy to use. All you need is this guide with a few easy steps.

Supporting tomato plants using string
Supporting tomato plants using string

1. Cut a long piece of string and decide what you’ll use to attach the top of it too. But don’t fasten it just yet.

2. Tie a bowline knot around the main stem of a low tomato branch beneath the armpits – here’s a picture of how to tie a bowline – you can do it!

3. Secure the top of your thread to something firm with an anchoring knot to help stand up your floppy tomato plant (and straight upwards). Make sure your thread is quite taut, as this is crucial to the effectiveness of this approach of twining the plant upwards.

4. Tie the main stem of the tomato plant to the string. BE CAREFUL, as this is where your tomato stem may snap. So take it slow and steady; once you get to know the plant, you’ll soon get the hang of it.

5. Continue to twine the tomato as it grows. As the plant grows taller, gently thread it around the string.

Supporting tomato plant with string wrapped around
Supporting tomato plant with string wrapped around

It’s such a simple procedure. No fancy gadgets are involved, making it an easy choice for most gardeners. You won’t get me criticising it. If you have a trellis or fence to grow against or something above to anchor the string, this is the way.

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