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Mama Z Garden Tips: Staking Tomatoes and Peppers

Staking Tomatoes

Your tomato and pepper plants are thriving and getting so tall, and then suddenly, they've fallen over onto the ground and they look terrible. We've all been there. Its sad, and once the plant is that big there's not much you can do about it. This year, get ahead of the game by staking your tomatoes and peppers.

Using Bamboo Poles for Staking Tomatoes and Peppers

My favorite way to train tomato and pepper plants is to use bamboo stakes. These all natural sticks are so much better than metal rods or stakes because they don't get blistering hot in the summer and burn your plants. They're also a renewable resource, compostable, and affordable. I buy the long ones and cut them in half because they're cheaper than buying them already cut. I also like these little re-useable velcro ties for holding the plant's stem to the stake.

Check Out My Video Tutorial for Staking Tomatoes!

 



This post currently has 5 comments.

  1. Kathi
    May 31, 2017

    About what size do you add the bamboo stakes to your growing plants? I have run into the problem several times that if those stakes are added too late, when it is pushed down into the ground it can actually damage the root system of the plant. This is why I now always add my 4′ stakes to a plant which is only about 6-8 inches high.

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    • Dr. Z
      June 4, 2017

      Good question! Mama Z uses 12-18 inches depending on the plant.

      To prevent damage to the plant – do NOT push through any resistance from the roots. You’ll feel the difference. It should be easy to place into the dirt. Just try the other side of the plant or find a spot where it can go down and not damage the plant. šŸ™‚

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  2. Betty
    May 30, 2017

    Tomatoes are my fav, but could never get them to ripen properly. They would develop root rot, insects invaded them, so I gave up. With your help, perhaps this year will be different. Thanks for the advice.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 30, 2017

      You can do it, Betty!

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  3. Carol Peters
    May 30, 2017

    thanks for the advice

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