little bee Posts: 68
in Fruit & veg
Hi can anyone help I have potted on my toms into there big container a couple of weeks ago but dident put my stake in they have grown to around 2ft and now need help is it too late to put the stake in up against the main stem or will I damage the roots
Best not to risk damaging the roots by putting it next to the main stem. You could slide the stake down the side of the container which would be less risky, or put up a horizontal support and tie lengths of soft twine to it, then wrap that around the stems. As the plants grow taller, you just gently twirl the plant around the twine. This sort of thing:
What I've done before is put 3 canes around the outside of a pot and tied them together at the top, like the sort of wigwam used for runner beans, then tied loops of twine around all 3 canes at various heights which gave enough support for the trusses of tomatoes. Would something like that work for you?
The damage to the roots will be minimal if you put the stake in now. Better that than the plant falling down and getting damaged.
If it's growing fast I'd say it can probably stand a bit of root damage - if you have to.
If you are growing them in the greenhouse and they are in their final position then loosely tying some twine round the bottom section of the tomato plant and "twisting" the string gently round the stem works - you then tie the string round one of the greenhouse metal sections and as the tomato plant grows you continue to gently twist the stem to grow round the string.
I've since bought the big metal 'twisty canes' (for want of a better description!) that do a very similar job but are a bit less fiddly!
Thanks for all the useful info my toms are now staked in there own little tpee with twine round the edge at different levels they are coming on fine.
My problem with growing tomatoes is knowing when to stop removing the side growths. I have grown the plants in pots (with wigwams) - but suspect that I let them get too big. Do these things matter, please?