Photo by Melody
We want to hear from you! Please take this short, anonymous survey to help us improve the DG home page.

Beginner Gardening: How many tomato plants per cage?

Communities > Forums > Beginner Gardening
Forum: Beginner GardeningReplies: 5, Views: 132
Add to Bookmarks
Morrisville, NC

March 1, 2007
2:27 PM

Post #3237162

Hello -

I live in the Raleigh, NC area and am getting ready to start my first garden this spring. I ordered some tomato seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. I selected Mule Team, Paul Robeson, and Hungarian Italian Paste.

Most of my garden is going to raised bed (I do not have a lot of room). However, I hear that caging tomatoes is better than trellising them. My question: How many tomatoes do you have in each cage? Is it one or more than one?
Thanks in advance on an easy question.

Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

March 1, 2007
2:40 PM

Post #3237208

Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

March 2, 2007
1:33 AM

Post #3239292 dawg! Always succinct and to the point! *grin

Matt, F-dill is right though, one plant per cage, especially with the ones you chose...those are really rampant growers!

And by the way, WELCOME to the site!

Wishing you a great garden this year!

Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 2, 2007
3:45 AM

Post #3239810

Those dinky round metal cages have never held up tomato plants in my experience. I even bought larger, 56 inch tall cages which worked better but still got knocked over by the end of the summer. Another gardener (on the Pacific Northwest forum) explained his system of heavy duty trellises, strings, and round plant clips. Whatever you use, make sure it is strong and well anchored.


SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 2, 2007
7:27 PM

Post #3241687

Hi guys,
I'm putting the following in EBs and 5-gallon buckets: Pruden's Purple, Eva Purple Ball, Cherokee Purple, Brandywine Sudduth, Ark Traveler, Black Krim, Sun Gold, Azoychka, and Chinese Yellow. What type of trellis system will I need (lightweight or heavy duty) and for which of these do I need a heavy duty hookup? Thanks.
Lombard, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2007
9:18 PM

Post #3261790

One per cage- the store-bought cages are pretty flimsy and would topple over or lean under the weight of the tomatoes. Good luck!

You cannot post until you register and login.

Other Beginner Gardening Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Vines for shade Foxglove 27 Aug 23, 2007 2:17 AM
wierd bug problem Ivey 9 Mar 7, 2010 7:54 PM
The ComposTumbler dave 43 Apr 18, 2009 5:06 AM
Are there any plants that discourage snakes? If not, any other ideas? Carol7 35 Aug 23, 2007 12:37 AM
Vine support pole Dinu 11 Jan 13, 2014 1:26 AM

Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America