How to Tie a Tomato Plant


A garden without at least a few tomato plants growing is a rare sight. With the wide choices in tomato varieties, gardeners do not lack interesting options as they select tomato plants for a backyard garden. As tomato plants begin to grow large in the soil, some gardeners choose to cage them and other gardeners opt to stake them. If you choose to stake your tomatoes, you will need to tie each tomato plant to the stake at several points to support it as it grows.

Step 1

Wait to stake the tomato plants until the first blossoms appear. This will help you know where to position the stakes to support the tomatoes on the plants.

Step 2

Pound a stake into the ground approximately 4 inches away from the tomato plant, driving it at least 2 inches beneath the soil with the hammer. Position the stake so it is on the backside of the tomato blossoms, and not in front of them, for best support.

Step 3

Place a tie immediately above the lowest group of blossoms. Loop the tie around the tomato stem first, and then cross the ties over each other once. Loop the tie around the stake, and tie it securely. Keep the tie loose enough to ensure that you do not bind the tomato plant, yet tight enough to hold the stem securely near the stake. When tied correctly, the tie should resemble a figure eight.

Step 4

Add a tie to the tomato plant just above each group of blossoms as they appear on the tomato plant, tying each tie in the same fashion.

Things You'll Need

  • Stakes (5 feet tall)
  • Hammer
  • Stretchy plant ties


  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Backyard Tomato Production
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