How to Measure the Height of a Tomato Plant


Often tomato gardeners find themselves focusing on the size of their tomato plants and the size of their tomatoes. As the growing season progresses and your healthy tomato plants grow taller, it can be difficult to ignore how healthy and vibrant they are. If you stake your tomato plants with wooden stakes, transfer inch markings to the stakes before you pound the stakes into the soil. This will enable you to measure the height of your tomato plants as they grow.

Step 1

Lay the wooden stakes onto a flat surface and place the yardstick alongside a stake. Position the yardstick so the "0" end of the yardstick is approximately 6 inches from one end of the stake.

Step 2

Transfer the inch increments from the yardstick to the stake, making lines along the stake and labeling the inches starting with "0." Make inch lines along the entire length of the stake to the top of the stake. When you finish, the stake will have labeled inch lines beginning 6 inches from one end and continuing all the way to the other end.

Step 3

Repeat this process on each stake in your tomato garden.

Step 4

Position a stake 4 inches away from a tomato plant so the end of the stake without markings is facing down on the soil.

Step 5

Pound the stake into the ground until the "0" inch line is even with the soil.

Step 6

Cut 6-inch lengths of twine and gently tie the tomato plant to the stake in two or three places. Do not tie the tomato plant to the stake near clusters of blossoms or tomatoes.

Step 7

Repeat this process for each tomato plant.

Step 8

Keep track of the height of your tomato plants by measuring the tomato plants against the labeled stakes.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use wooden stakes treated with chemicals to stake your tomatoes because the chemicals could leach into the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden stakes (1 inch square and 7 feet long)
  • Yardstick
  • Permanent marker
  • Hammer
  • Twine
  • Scissors


  • Mississippi State University: Staking Tomatoes
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