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Caring for the tomato crop

publication date: Jun 1, 2012
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Trelllising tomatoesMost growers use trellises, at least for indeterminates and large determinates. Although it might not seem like it on planting day, it’s usually easier to put stakes in soon after planting, while the soil is still soft, and everyone remembers where the drip tape is (and which side the roots are, if you planted in diagonal trenches). We use 6’  steel T-posts, with rows up to 150’ long without any special bracing at the ends. Some people strengthen their trellis by putting an extra stake at an angle tied to the end stakes as a brace. Most of our tomatoes are large determinates, and although our indeterminates grow tall, we don’t much like the extra effort it takes to use 7’ T-posts, so we live with “rolled over” tomato plants later in the season.


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