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comments (3) July 7th, 2011

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I have staked my tomatoes for the first time this year.  I put in 8 ft stakes.  My tomato plants appear to be growing 4 inches a day.  I am about to the top of my stakes. Now what do I do?  The tomato plants will be over the top pretty soon!  The tops on the plant beds are covered with a sun shade because our summer days can get over 100 degrees regularly. So I am running out of room at the top.  HELP!

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WhatsTheMuck writes: Concur with jfriz, I just cut the top off of the plant at the top of the stake. You will continue to get fruits from the rest of the (indeterminate) plant. Plus if your heat indices are what we have been having lately in the Mid-Atlantic (100 degrees F plus), your plant will lose less moisture to evapotranspiration!
Posted: 5:54 pm on July 24th
Ruth writes: I can think of two other solutions. One is the default: do nothing, and the plants will flop back down and continue to grow. The other is to add horizontal supports by lashing in more poles near the tops of the vertical stakes and then allowing the plants to drape over them. I generally do both of these, and they work.
Posted: 8:59 am on July 11th
jfriz writes: cut the top off plant top of the stake
Posted: 6:22 pm on July 8th
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