This post is full of ideas for Tomato Trellis & Tomato Cages!
Tomatoes are one of the top homegrown crops in backyard gardens.
It’s easy to see why: there are hundreds of gorgeous and tasty varieties available to gardeners that you just can’t buy at the grocery store.
Homegrown tomatoes taste better because they can be harvested at the peak flavor. They also require you to put up a tomato trellis or cage for support otherwise they’ll flop over to the ground. One season I was curious (& lazy) and didn’t trellis our tomatoes to see what the yield would be. Surprisingly we did get a decent however crop damage was higher being so close to the ground.
It’s better to trellis tomatoes for easier pruning, harvesting, air flow and for healthier plants.
Here are Tomato Trellis and Cage Ideas!
How you trellis your tomatoes will depend on the type you’re growing & how many plants you have.
Some of these ideas, while cute and DIY friendly, would only work (in my opinion) if you don’t have that many tomato plants. If you’re growing A LOT of tomatoes then you’ll likely need trellis options that are friendlier on the budget like using strong string to tie them upwards or fencing. I’ll share tomato trellis and cage ideas whether you have a few plants or many.
There are two types of tomato plants
- Determinate– Grows to a certain size (often about 4 feet) then produces fruit at the same time. Tomato cages work great with determinate tomatoes.
- Interminate– Keeps growing and produces fruit continuously until a frost kills the plant. These tomatoes need a taller trellis.