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How to Grow Tomato PlantsHere are some different methods on how to grow and support tomato plants:
How-to: Use concrete reinforcing wire or any sturdy wire mesh with holes you can put your hand through. (If you use chicken wire, harvesting will be difficult.) Create cages 5-6’ tall and 15-25” in diameter: stabilize with stakes.
Spacing: A general rule to follow is to set cages apart at a distance of 2/3 the plant’s final height. For example, if the plant is supposed to reach 15”, make sure you have 10” of free space on either side.
Tip: Place the cage around the plant after it’s been in the ground a week, but no more, because you can harm the roots when sticking the cage into the ground.
How-to: Use horizontal wires or wire mesh attached to stakes.
Spacing: At least 2’ apart to allow for drainage.
Tip: As plants grow, attach stems to stakes with soft twine or dry cloth.
How-to: Use 2x2” stakes that are 6-8’ tall; place 2’ of the stake in the ground.
Spacing: 18” apart for one-stem plants, 24” for two-stem plants, and 36” for three- or four-stem plants.
How-to: Let the plant sprawl on the ground.
Spacing: 3’ apart, in rows set 4’ apart.