Homemade Tomato Support


Tomato plants require support, in the form of either tomato cages or stakes. If tomatoes are left on the ground while still on the vine, they will quickly rot, according to Tomato Gardening Guru. Staking tomato plants gives the plants the stability needed for the plants to prosper.

Step 1

Place one of the sticks in the ground, about 6 inches deep, 2 inches from the tomato plant.

Step 2

Cut a piece of twine about 6 inches long. Tie the tomato plant to the stick, using the twine, at the base of the plant. Leave an inch of room between the plant and the stick to give the plant room to grow.

Step 3

Move 4 to 5 inches up the tomato plant and tie the plant to the stick again, using the twine.

Step 4

Continue moving up the plant another 4 to 5 inches and tie again if the plant is tall enough.

Tips and Warnings

  • Tomato plants are fragile. Make sure you use care when tying tomato plants to stakes to avoid bruising the plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Sticks 2 feet long
  • Twine or twist ties


  • Tomato Gardening Guru: Staking
Keywords: tomato plant support, supporting tomato plants, staking tomato plants

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Melissa Nykorchuk has been writing professionally since 2002. She has contributed to various online publications and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.