January 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm #256489GJOESQMember
OK, I know that tomatoes are fruit and NOT vegies but I’ve posted this question here anyway.
We have two type of tomatoes at our place, rougue (self seeding) cherry toms and purchased (as seedlings) Roma toms. The cherry toms are doing fine without much help. However, as you can see from the attached photo, the Romas have collapsed all over the place. I tied them up, as ‘juveniles’ on 1.2 m high, thin bamboo stakes but they are now far to big and laden with fruit and have collapsed onto the ground. Oh, and yes, we failed to cut out the side branches so we have four very preponderous plants. Ignorance is NOT bliss. :blush:
What is the best way you have found to support large tomato plants? 🙂January 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm #518989BlueWrenMember
Hallo GJOESQ :wave: First of all, welcome to ALS.Lots of good caring folk here willing to share their knowledge and experience.
Someone will help with your tomato question.I do know that not everyone recommends removing the side shoots.January 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm #518990
I leave all the shoots on and let em go, when they droop just genty lift them and tie them in a bunch to the bamboo stakes! Or, i have some that have two stakes either side and i just run the tie around them both and arrange the plant in the middle so the ‘branches’ are in the ties. Does that make sense? Hang on, i’ll take a pic and post it here…January 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm #518991January 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm #518992
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I’m a lazy tomato grower, I never stake them. I just let them spread all over the place and have no worries. I get no more pests or problems than when I used to stake them years ago.January 22, 2012 at 1:55 am #518994GJOESQMember
Thanx to the repliers so far.
Just after I posted my question, we had some friends pop around for afternoon tea and they said that they don’t stake up their toms because leaving them in bunches offers better protection from birds.
This, combined with the two ideas here, sounds like the best solution. Lifting up the side branches and supporting them, as crystal has done, seems like a good compromise if I’m a bit concerned about the fruit touching the ground, otherwise, I’ll just let them go and harvest them immediately they are ready. Thanx for your help. 🙂January 22, 2012 at 9:41 am #518995mauziMember
Hi and welcome to ALS. I have done both, stake up and let go (mostly due to being over busy at the time and the tomatoes got away). If you decide to stake, I use stronger stakes than bamboo as the weight can be a problem. We cut our own, but you can purchase wooden tomato stakes around the place. I found tieing them up with old pantyhose very effective, or a few wrap arounds of baling twine (as we had some), but thick string would do the trick. I did find when I left them on the ground, I had more spoilage and slugs were more of an issue, but still produced some nice tomatoes. Good luck.January 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm #518996karyn26Member
Hi, and welcom.
I have planted tomatoes for the first time this year so I am a novice also.
I havent staked mine though they have grown rather tall,they were only little fellas when I put them in!!
Mine are growing in a wicking bed and yesterday I put some bird wire on the outside edge to keep them from falling over the side.
Some of the inner branches are falling over but that’s ok.
I did try to trim off the side shoots but gave up as there were just too many.January 23, 2012 at 8:30 am #518997
We get just about ever pest/disease/problem known to fruit and veggies here, so im always careful to try any method of prevention! plus, my garden is crowded and if the toms droop they tend to squash the companion plants!January 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm #518998DaylaMember
Hello and welcome to ALS,
your tomatoes look fabulous and just right for Romas. I’ve been growing veg for years and in my experience and in books I’ve read you don’t stake romas, they are a bush variety. You stake the tall ones like Gross lisse. You don’t take out the laterals of romas either you just let them grow. I usually put a bunch of straw under them as the fruit develops so it isn’t on the ground where they can rot and get eaten by slugs. I have grown them in large containers and the fruit hangs over the edge, even better!
I used to think you picked all the laterals from the tall varieties but I have noticed the latest fashion is to leave 3 leaders for each plant. If some of the laterals are big enough you can tuck them under some mulch and they’ll grow into new plants.
Enjoy your toms, they are great!
DaylaJanuary 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm #518999
im finding i dont have to stake the grosse lissee, but do the romas… Id imagine airflow would be restricted a bit if they drooped lots… so i stake.January 26, 2012 at 10:16 am #519000lisanneMember
Interesting! I have some roma’s that I haven’t staked yet but they are getting big so I’m going to this weekend as I don’t want the fruit on the ground – I’ve never grown romas beforeJanuary 28, 2012 at 5:53 am #519001MerewynMember
I have staked mine (I only have 2 plants) but they have now grown so big that a lot of the plant is still hanging down. I only stake mine to give me a bit more room in the patch. You can be pretty lazy with tomatoes, particularly the cherry types, they don’t seem to want too much pandering!
Our neighbour just let theirs sprawl all over the ground this summer, and they had that much fruit it was ridiculous, so you can just let them go if you have the room.
MerewynJanuary 31, 2012 at 7:15 pm #519002ClarafloMember
I grew about 6 or 7 pear tomatoes at my mum’s house 5 or 6 years ago. I didn’t stake them and those suckers were huge, about 6ft each one. They ended up being a ground cover that went on for miles. We were still harvesting about a kilo a day off those bushes and didn’t once come across any rotten or eaten fruit even though they were prone. The only bitch was wading through meter’s of tomato vine collecting the fruit. :laugh: At first I took care, after a while I was rueing the day I planted them and just stomped on them hoping they’d meet a quick demise. No such luck…. 😛 If it makes any difference they were lying on top of the sweet potatoes and it didn’t affect that harvest either.
I’m kind of sick of pear tomatoes now though. In fact I’m sick of any cherry type tomato. There’s only so many you can eat and I’m pretty sure a lot of them went straight into the compost bin.
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