Trellising Tomato Plants
When it comes to trellising tomato plants there are many advantages that improve the overall health of these plants. The easiest Florida weave trellis technique is used for determinate tomatoes, while tomato cages are typically used for indeterminate tomatoes in the vegetable garden. We use the tomato cages for indeterminate tomatoes because they have continuous growth and will grow a lot taller than determinate tomatoes. We use the Flordia weave trellis technique for determinate tomatoes because they tend to grow smaller and have earlier harvesting times in the vegetable garden. The advantages of trellising tomato plants include more exposure to sunlight, improve the quality of foliage, and reduce disease pressures. With better exposure to sunlight, the tomato plants will continue to grow and increase productivity. Another benefit of adding the trellis technique is it makes pruning, fertilizing, and harvesting easier when it comes time. Also, the plants are growing vertically so there is a decrease in soil-borne disease pressures due to the plants not growing on the ground in the vegetable garden. Overall, trellising tomato plants ensures they are getting all the support they need to continue to grow in the vegetable garden.
Florida Weave Technique
On this week’s episode, Travis explains the easy Florida Weave trellis technique for tomatoes. When setting up the Florida weave trellis, you will need t-posts, wooden stakes, and gro-tie garden twine. To set up this trellis technique start by placing a T-posts on either each end of the row and add wooden stakes between each plant. When adding the wooden stakes be careful not to puncture the drip tape irrigation that is already buried in the ground. To begin adding the first line of string or twine, you simply tie it off on the end of the T-post. Then weave it along the first plant on one side and around the wooden stake then on the next plant place the twine on the other side of the plant. You should alternate from plant to plant along the row until you reach the other end T-post. When you reach the end T-Post, you will go back along the row, but placing the twine on the other side of each plant. So when you are done you should have twine on each side of the plant stem along the garden row. There are two different ways you can accomplish the easiest Florida weave trellis technique. The first method is using our cotton twine roll that comes in handy for shorter garden rows. The cotton twine is completely biodegradable and environmentally friendly. When using the cotton twine to add the Florida weave you will be leaning over using your hands to wrap the twine around the stakes and weaving around the plants. The second method is using our Gro-Tie garden twine that contains over a mile of twine which is great for longer garden rows. When using the poly garden twine it comes with an attached belt opening to place on your belt loop that allows for no strain on your back. Then with a piece of PVC pipe depending on your height, you can feed the twine through the pipe to guide around the stakes and plants. When working on the easiest Florida Weave trellis you should make to keep the twine nice and tight to ensure the plants get plenty of support in the vegetable garden. However, whether you use the cotton twine or poly garden twine is based on your personal preference, but incorporating a great trellising technique will ensure an improvement in your tomato plants in the vegetable garden.