How to Use Tomato Cages
How to Use Tomato Cages – Tomato cages are cylindrical structures of wire and act like a lattice so your plant can use it as support as it grows. Without any support, the weight of growing tomatoes can cause the plant to tilt or bend, and the fruits may touch the ground where they are more prone to being attacked by pests and be more susceptible to disease and rot. When you use a stake for the tomato, you have to tie it continuously as the plant grows to ensure proper support. A tomato cage eliminates the need to tie and provides the plant with all-around support as it grows. Being made of wire, it does not inhibit the plant’s natural germination.
When you use a stake for the tomato, you have to tie the plant continuously in different sections as the plant grows to ensure proper support. With a tie, the strings can occasionally put pressure on a branch, holding it at an unnatural angle, or it can break a bough getting heavy with fruit. A tomato cage eliminates the need for tying. Being made of wire that surrounds the plant, which does not inhibit branches of germination in different directions, increases foliage growth and produces more than fruit plants bet, or plants left unsupported.
Plant your tomatoes
If you are sowing tomato seeds directly into the soil or transplanting young tomato plants, you should put the cage in place when they go to the ground. Each plant must have its own cage. The narrower end of the cage should be pushed into the soil with the seed or plant directly in the center of the cylinder. Do not place a tomato cage on a plant that has already been planted and roots, or you can damage and cut down the roots.
Removing and Reusing Your Tomato Cage
Leave your cage in place as your plant grows and shoots fruit. If you remove it, you can damage or cut down the roots that have grown around it and kill your plant. When your plant dies, you can remove your tomato cage and reuse it for other plants. Be sure to wash it, especially if your tomato plant had any kind of mold, fungus, wilt or other plant diseases.