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I am looking to plant out all of my GD tomatoes (mid to late May). How far apart and what size of support cane?
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  • Pansyface. Thanks. Nice pics. 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,312
    I'd use 8ft canes (which are usually a lot stouter than shorter ones) which once buried will give you about 6ft or so to train the plants.
    If you're in a windy site, it may be better to stop the plants when they're shorter.
    I'd give them 3ft+ between each plant so they get good airflow and light

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thanks Pete.8. Do I start staking them as soon as I plant them out? They are in pots just now.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,312
    Yes, tie them in when you plant them. You don't want winds to snap the main stem. Don't tie too tightly though as the stem will expand a little as the plant grows.
    And let's hope that by mid-May it's warmed up a bit!!!


    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thanks Pete.8 Much appreciated. Yes unpredictable weather. When will it warm up indeed.
  • Nice one BenCotto. I would never have thought of that.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,860
    I'm wondering where you are - are you up here in Scotland @thistletown71 ?
    If so, most people grow toms undercover as the climate isn't reliable for outdoor growing. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hi Fairygirl Yes I am in Bonnie Scotland. North East. Yes the unpredictable weather....it's still too cold for any of plants to go out...baskets etc
    Unfortunately no room indoors for any plants thus all must go out. I will until end of May and chance it.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,860
    G's Delight are  fairly tough, but it's the night time temps which can cause problems. If you have somewhere sheltered enough that will help.

    Over here in the west, the summer weather is too wet and cold, so very few people have them outdoors. You might get away with it better in the drier east  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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