Trellis your tomatoes now for ease of care all summer…

Staking tomatoes is not necessary if you are canning and don’t care what the tomatoes look like.  Staking does allow for adequate air circulation and ease of harvest.  In addition, you can cut limbs off for less cumbersome plants and by having fewer limbs devote the plants energy to the production of BIGGER fruit!

Place stakes with two plants in between.

 

How far apart to stake tomatoes?

                Every two plants.

Any further apart and the string will droop and not support the plants!

Tomatoes with staking and twine for support

Weave string in and out of plants as they grow.

I like to tie the string off between each set of stakes BECAUSE if a string breaks only a small portion of the tomatoes need line repair.

Resist the urge to run long runs of twine down several sets of stakes to avoid a lot of work later!

Biodegradable GMO-free tomato clips

Clip vines to the line as they grow up.  If you selectively cut branches off the plants so as not to overcrowd the branches you will find the plant can make larger fruits.  I remove any branches that are going into my isles.  This allows for ease of passage and keeps the plants tidy!