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Tomatoe cages

Robstown, TX

Are tomatoe cages neccesary how are they used and when should they be placed and how and all that good stuff. Please help thank you

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

No, there are may ways of holding tomatoes up off the ground. The big indeterminate cultivars can grow 8- 12 feet tall and really need some type of support. People prune them to a single vine and tie them to 6 ft. stakes, others run an overhead wire and tie them up to that, some build elaborate trellises. You name it, it has probably been done. Lots of folks especially commercial growers use the short bushes indeterminates and either use short stakes or let them sprawl. Cages are my choice, because they are easy to use, and I don't prune. Six foot concrete reinforcing wire makes the best cages. A 6 x 6 ft piece makes a nice cage.
A caged Park's Whopper

This message was edited Mar 24, 2007 7:33 PM

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