Plant questions and answers! This week: What if my tomato plants outgrow their cages? Easy… stake! (Ask your plant or gardening question.)
I’ve found that tomato plants often outgrow typical tomato cages. If this happens, you’ll need to stake. Get a three 5 to 7 foot tall stakes (or even sturdy sticks will do) and jab or bury them securely into the ground. As the tomatoes grow, “cage” them in by wrapping a new strand of yarn or twine around the stakes to help support and contain the growing limbs.
You can even train tomatoes to use a string of yarn or twine for support. This works especially well if the tomatoes have their backs up against something tall like a fence or building.