What can I use to keep the plants up can not get a cage around them?

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  • Dfm Dfm on Jul 08, 2018
    you can use the 1 pole support, put the sturdy pole/ long chunk of wood right along where the plant pops up from the ground. use soft tie material...holy t shirts cut into strips work well, tie the plant to the pole starting from ground up.



  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jul 08, 2018

    Hi Dia,

    If you can't get a cage around them, you can use tall stakes and string to help hold them up. If you don't have stakes, you can use wood or metal rods around the plant with the string for the same effect. I hope that helps. Wishing you the best.

  • Jim Robbins Jim Robbins on Jul 08, 2018
    I always put my cages on when I plant the tomatoes. You can also stake them and use old clothes scraps to tie them to the stake. jr

    • Diane ndfan Diane ndfan on Jul 09, 2018

      This is the first time I am trying this it started because my brother lives n NM and shows me picture of his garden and even he has a green house living in IN. thought I would give tomatoes a try and it was already growing without a cage when I bought it so now trying to hold it to see it if works thank you for your help

  • Genie Genie on Jul 08, 2018

    A good material for ties is a specially made Velcro for use in the garden.

    It is green and blends with the plants, and can be adjusted and reused as needed. A lot of hardware stores also carry slender bamboo stakes in shorter lengths which are easy to insert into the soil to use as supports.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 08, 2018

    Hello Dia, perhaps consider using several poles and tied support in a teepee design. Lately I have been using the electric fence grey poles from Tractor Supply at less than $2 each— they last for many years. Hope this helps?

  • Ellis Ellis on Jul 08, 2018

    Tall stakes. Home Depot sells a variety of stakes for tall plants, and you can tie the plants with old stockings or pantyhose, cut up, or buy the rolls of velcro ties.

  • Diane ndfan Diane ndfan on Jul 09, 2018

    Thank you for your help 1st time I am trying this

  • NotHermione NotHermione on Jan 17, 2019

    If using tomato cages, you could cut the cage wires (one on each level), then surround the plant, and rewire the cage back together. (Form a loop at the free end of the wire and use some extra wire to reattach it with the proper tension and length.) This way you can use the metal "prongs" at the bottom to stabilize the tomato cage in the dirt.

    If it's a super large plant, you could wire together two or more tomato cages. And the tomato cages are a lot more invisible to the eye.