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Single Stem , double , or cage

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Post: # 27141Unread post Volvo
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:05 am

Or even let your plant sprawl and do its own thing ??.
Think most may trajn their plant to single or two stem to allow airflow for deseases and might be something to do with type of region one lives in.
Know first year of my Heirloom Tomato growing most plants were in cages and think it was one of the best crops ever but after that cages were a disaster due to climate issues.
Would like to know how most plant out their plants just for interest really.
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Post: # 27142Unread post ponyexpress
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:18 am

This year, I’m trying to use single stem for my indeterminate varieties. A few plants do have a second stem or three because I was busy with other stuff and didn’t get around to pruning the suckers.

The determinates are all in cages.
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Post: # 27144Unread post goodloe
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:33 am

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I use 5 ft CRW cages elevated on 3 T-posts, for a total height of 7 ft. I put 3 plants around the outside of each cage, and TRY to keep them to no more than 2 stems. Currently, my Big Beef are over 8 ft and starting to flop over the top of the cages...
*CRW=concrete reinforcing wire*
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Post: # 27151Unread post brownrexx
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:34 am

I use 5', cages for all of my tomatoes and they do get a bit unruly but I harvest lots of tomatoes which is my goal.

All of my plants are indeterminate and I only grow 17 or 18 plants to serve my needs.
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Post: # 27154Unread post karstopography
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:53 am

I like bamboo stakes. Big and tall indeterminate plants I believe need a couple of stout stakes per plant. I like them best when I stay on top of removing suckers until maybe once there are lots of fruit, then I might let the suckers grow a little for shading the fruit then pinch off the growth tip of the sucker. Here in the spring season, there’s a fruit setting window or time period due to climate and it becomes more about shading the fruit from sunscald than getting new fruit set. Sucker foliage at the top can help add some shade and the growth tips can be pinched off whenever you want.

Some plants naturally will fork, not like a sucker, and produce 3 or 4 main stems. I let that happen. Some seem to just have one stem. I had three different Carmello tomatoes, one did one stem the other two forked. They all produced similar results.
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Post: # 27162Unread post Sue_CT
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:34 am

I use Texas Tomato cages, I never prune. At all. I personally find that my plants stay healthier longer with more foliage. I remove any diseased leaves but usually have plenty of foliage left to support the plants and shade the fruit.

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Post: # 27174Unread post PlainJane
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:05 am

I also use Texas Tomato Cages but prune to about 2-3 stems, depending on the foliage.
In N. Florida it’s a balance between sun protection and maximum air flow.
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Post: # 27191Unread post FarmerShawn
Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:44 pm

In my hoophouse I keep them to two stems, supported with tomato twine and clips. Outside I start off with two stems, then give up and just pinch off small suckers when I see them, but let a few more grow. They are trellised on Hortonova netting, hitched with a Max Tapener.
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Post: # 27212Unread post Sue_CT
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:06 pm

I find my Texas Tomato cages work better with fuller, unpruned plants, because they fill the cages better. Pruned plants are too narrow and the tomato cages are too wide to give them much support. So in addition to location, the type of support you use can dictate what works best for you.

This was a recent photo of my garden. You can see the plant that isn't as full does not get as much support from the cages. I really need to take another picture since this was before I watered in 95 degree heat and they are looking pretty wilty:

ImageGarden 7-25-20 by Susan Albetski, on Flickr

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Post: # 27217Unread post rossomendblot
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:42 pm

Indeterminates trained to a single or double stem up string, determinates/dwarf tomato projects in 3ft tall cages. I've given up growing indeterminates outdoors since we live on the North West coast of the UK and without fail the plants get battered by summer storms and often fail to ripen. The greenhouse is 10ft long and I can just about fit 8 indeterminates in there, with a couple of the more well behaved varieties double stemmed, though it does still get very crowded and good ventilation is imperative to prevent disease issues.

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