How to Grow Tomatoes: 3 Support Options

To get the best garden harvest from your tomato plants, they need the right tomato support. Here's how to grow tomatoes with three tomato support options.

  • 1 Week or More
  • Novice
Materials:
  • Twine
  • Tomato cage
  • Zip ties
  • Stakes (metal or wood)
  • 6' x 5' Reinforcing wire (bin)

4 steps on 'How to Grow Tomatoes: 3 Support Options'

  1. Use tomato cages for determinate variety

    Use tomato cages for determinate variety

    Determinate tomatoes such as Celebrity, Defiant and Roma VF grow early in the season, but then slow down and concentrate on ripening their fruit. A 3-foot tall tomato cage is perfect for determinate tomatoes. To use, place around the plant. During the first few weeks check the plant weekly and pull any growth back inside the cage to guide it upwards.

  2. Use stakes for indeterminate variety

    Use stakes for indeterminate variety

    For determinate tomatoes such as Brandywine, Big Beef or Sun Gold, using stakes is one way to guide their growth. First, drive a stake into the ground. Then use twine, strips of fabric or cushioned wire to secure the main vines to the stake.

  3. Prune regularly

    Prune regularly

    You'll want to prune these determined growers back to one or two vines as they grow to concentrate their energy. Prune off the suckers that grow in the crotch of the main vine.

  4. (Optional) Use a bin for indeterminate variety

    (Optional) Use a bin for indeterminate variety

    Another option for those persistent growers is a tomato bin. You can make a tomato bin by using reinforcing wire. Reinforcing wire is most commonly used in concrete. Take a 6' x 5' length (or use a dimension to suit your tastes) and wrap it to form a cylinder. Use zip ties to secure the two ends together. As with the smaller determinate tomato and their tomato cages, you'll need to check in with the fast growing indeterminate and pull any wayward branches back into the bin from time to time.