How to Support a Tomato Plant


Tomatoes produce the best fruits when the vining plants are fully supported from the ground. When the ripening fruits come in contact with the soil, rot and bacteria can easily form and ruin the tomato. The best method for support is perhaps the tomato cage. The metal enclosure can be used year after year and with little to no maintenance. Staking tomatoes are effective, but require constant maintenance as the tomato plants must be tied to the device as the plant grows.

Step 1

Insert a wooden stake into the ground 6 inches from the newly planted tomato. Use the 3-lb. hammer, and drive the end of the stake into the ground to a submerged depth of 8 inches.

Step 2

Tie the tomato plant to the wooden stake with vegetable tape in order to support the plant from falling to the ground. Revisit the tomato every week. Add more pieces of vegetable tape around the main stem of the plant. Continue to do so as the plant grows.

Step 3

Wrap twine around the longer branches of the plant. Tie the twine in a loose knot.

Step 4

Run the other end of the twine up to the top of the wooden stake. This will keep the heavier fruits from touching the ground.

Step 5

Install metal tomato cages around the young plants instead of staking and tying. Place the metal cage around the newly planted tomato plant. Push the metal wires into the ground until the horizontal members of the cage are at soil level.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden stakes
  • 3-lb. hammer
  • Vegetable tape
  • Twine
  • Wire cages


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G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.