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    [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes



    So what kind of supports do you guys use for your tomato plants?

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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    Garden fencing+rebar. Or in my case (hydro), PVC.
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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    Mom uses the circular cages and rebar or stakes to tie the tops of larger plants.

    It's worked great for her for over 30 years.

    Only problem: thirsty vermin. They love their jersey tomatoes.

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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    Quote Originally Posted by Mileron View Post
    Mom uses the circular cages and rebar or stakes to tie the tops of larger plants.
    This is the same thing we do, although I've been using dowels instead of rebar. I believe I will switch to rebar this year.
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    I would be against rebar, personally. I remember it coming up in a water treatment seminar having lead in its alloy. I'll see if i can find the documentation.

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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    Quote Originally Posted by Nadiar View Post
    Garden fencing+rebar. Or in my case (hydro), PVC.
    I want to do this so bad, I also do not want to get a visit from warrior cop SWAT who take the opportunity to confiscate all of my printing/computing infrastructure at home. I wish that was me being paranoid but it has happened at least twice in recent memory in the area.

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    I use bamboo canes with some garden wire.
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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    Quote Originally Posted by HerbertDypp View Post
    I use bamboo canes with some garden wire.
    That is fucking brilliant. I am going to try that with some sugar cane. Hi-5 Interneter.

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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    I use bamboo with my Chinese Evergreen, but they keep getting brittle and breaking. I've had to replace them every couple years, and would be concerned about having tomatoes causing it to snap and ruin some of the fruits. The other stakes I use are metal coated with plastic, they're just not long enough for tomatoes.
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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    Quote Originally Posted by Nadiar View Post
    I use bamboo with my Chinese Evergreen, but they keep getting brittle and breaking. I've had to replace them every couple years, and would be concerned about having tomatoes causing it to snap and ruin some of the fruits. The other stakes I use are metal coated with plastic, they're just not long enough for tomatoes.
    I would not expect sugarcane to do that. I have some decades old poles we have used for fishing in a catfish/bass stocked pond for years and yaers and years, actually my grandfathers originally. They are pretty sweet.

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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    I'm pretty sure it's just them being stuck in moist dirt for years that causes them to decay. Usually what happens for me is it ends up splitting first, and then any individual split section can't handle the weight and it snaps.
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    They certainly do decay and snap. But I replace them every other year anyway. They are cheap enough. Other than that I've had no problems. I grow Tomatoes, Bell peppers, cucumbers, cucamelons using them.
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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    Quote Originally Posted by HerbertDypp View Post
    They certainly do decay and snap. But I replace them every other year anyway. They are cheap enough. Other than that I've had no problems. I grow Tomatoes, Bell peppers, cucumbers, cucamelons using them.
    A good selection of things to grow. Need some more peppers and okra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MI Redeux View Post
    A good selection of things to grow. Need some more peppers and okra.
    i also grow a load of jalapeno peppers (which i pickle) - don't find I need stakes for those though.

    I'm also trying gherkins for the first time this year. not tried okra - i'd like to but probably don;t have space in the greenhouse this year (most of the space is taken up with carnivorous plants) and I doubt they'd grow outside here in the UK.
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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    Answering the question in the OP I use cages and shepherd hooks. My okra and tomato plants grow 7+ feet tall every season.

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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    Quote Originally Posted by HerbertDypp View Post
    i also grow a load of jalapeno peppers (which i pickle) - don't find I need stakes for those though.

    I'm also trying gherkins for the first time this year. not tried okra - i'd like to but probably don;t have space in the greenhouse this year (most of the space is taken up with carnivorous plants) and I doubt they'd grow outside here in the UK.
    With okra, you are only going to have success if you can keep it very hot and in direct sunlight. They don't grow any other way. As soon as the sun is out and it warms up they shoot up into the sky as fast as tomato plants or faster on their own. They produce a lot of vegetables also, around the same as tomato plants do, a bit less than pepper plants though.

    But if you don't have that kind of environment they won't grow at all. Another thing is to snip off offshoots of offshoots so that the plant puts its energy into making vegetables instead of new stems.

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    Re: [Gardening] Best supports for your tomato plants - Cages/Trellis/Stakes

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinthalas Tigris View Post
    I would be against rebar, personally. I remember it coming up in a water treatment seminar having lead in its alloy. I'll see if i can find the documentation.
    Rebar is either pure stainless steel, or "junk" metals in iron. Any lead would be trace amounts in the iron. And that kind of lead isn't going to get picked up by the plants. It's dangerous in water, because a person might literally drink those lead particles.
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    I won't use it. I was advised against it, and even though california is bonkers at its lead relation guidelines, that's something i dont mess with ; especially in regards to plants.

    Look up plant heavy metal uptake. The heavier the metal, the greater their uptake of it, and it goes all throughout the plant.

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