How to Stake Tomatoes

How to stake tomatoes is all about using the various tomato supports. Staking tomato plants with wooden stakes. Different trellis types, and ladders for sale.



My aunt Charlotte began to stake this indeterminate tomato plant up, but then got busy and failed to follow through.

You can see how this will become a problem as the small tomatoes in the bottom right corner of the picture mature.



Staking Tomatoes

If you only have 3 plants, get 3 tomato stakes. Draw an imaginary triangle on the planting bed with the points about 3 feet apart. Push a tomato stake into the ground at each point. Tie the tops of the stakes together with jute.

Plant the 3 tomato plants around the tomato stake tee pee.


Here's how to stake tomatoes planted in a row:

Tomato plants staked in a row.
  • You need enough tomato stakes to place 1 every 3 feet down the length of the row. Then you need 2 more to begin and end the row with.
  • The stakes should be at least 7 feet long.
  • Pound a stake into the soil at the beginning of the row. Make sure it's in deep enough to stay put. Pound another stake in 3 feet from this one. Repeat until you reach the end of the row. Pound a stake in at the end of the row.
  • Now take a ball of jute or string and tie one end of it around the first tomato stake.
  • Go down the row weaving the jute around the fronts and then the backs of the tomato stakes, trapping the tomato plants in between the lines of jute as in a cat's cradle.
  • Go down one side of the row and up the other. Tie the jute off at the end of the row once all the tomato plants are trellised.
  • As the vines grow, add more rows of string. This is the quickest way of staking tomatoes growing in a row.


Buy a Tomato Trellis

Net Garden Trellis

Bamboo Trellis

Stainless Steel Veggie Wall Trellis

You can build a trellis for tomatoes by setting 4x4 posts into the ground at either end of the row of tomato plants and at 6 foot intervals along the row.

The posts should be at least 7 feet long. Remember, a good 2 feet is going to be sunken.

Take a roll of 14 gauge wire and wrap one end of it around the first post about 18 inches above the ground. Go down the row wrapping the wire around each post at the same height.

You can add more rows of wire (18 inches apart) to the tomato trellis now or you can wait until the growing tomatoes need another wire to support them.

Secure the plants to the wire with plastic clips or tie them with strips of soft cloth. The plastic clips are faster and easier to use.


Tomato Ladders, Cages, Ties

Tomato Towers

Pro Series Square Tomato Cage - Red, Green, or Silver

Stretch Tie

These are sturdy steel tomato supports that can hold up to 100 lbs. Being heavier, tomato ladders stay upright better than tomato cages. The shaped cross bars tend to cradle the fruit, offering more support than a cage.

Another advantage of using tomato ladders is that they nest together and can be stored in less space than traditional tomato cages. Of course, there are square tomato cages that fold flat when not in use.

Ross Trellis Netting Black 6 X 8 Feet  16037

Easy Gardener Weatherly Consum Ross Trellis Netting Black 6 X 8 Feet 16037

Trellis netting 6 ft. x 8 ft. with square aperture.Sturdy support for climbing fruit and vegetables.Promotes healthier plants and improved yields.Saves valuable garden space.


Related Pages:

Pruning Tomato Plants

Tomato Fertilizers

Early Blight Treatment


Canning Tomatoes

Go from How to Stake Tomatoes to Plant Guides' Home Page