Easy Tomato Trellising with the Florida Weave Technique

Easy Tomato Trellising with the Florida Weave Technique

so this is our garden here where we’ve
got all the nightshades planted we’ve got our indeterminate tomatoes here in
these cages we’ve got our determinate tomatoes our Bella Rosas over there and
then we’ve got peppers and eggplants on the end our indeterminate tomatoes here
are Roma’s and our Brandywine just start to crawl up these cages we’ve got a few
little flowers there, starting to put on a little fruit in these cages are doing a
good job of confining and supporting these indeterminate plants as you can
see here our determinate tomatoes our Bella Rosas starting they’ve got flowers
on them and starting to set fruit right there and so we need to go ahead and get
the trellis ran on these guys here get our Florida Weave done so we can support these plants once those fruits get a little larger so this weekend we went aheadand ran one line of string for our peppers here and you can see this
technique we use securely wraps around that plant there keeps it nice and
stable so it blows either way it keeps that plant supported when the fruits get
heavy or if we get a nice little windstorm so as far as the setup goes
for our Florida weave we use t-posts and we use wooden stakes we put T posts on
the end of each row and then we put a few T posts in the middle-of-the-row to
give us some extra support for this row right here which is about 30 feet long I
put 3 T posts in the middle of the road and then along the road where there’s
not a T post I put a wooden stake between each plant so where there be a
wooden stake or T post each plant has a post on each side of it they were going
to use for support now the only thing is when you’ve got drip below these
Tomatoes like we do when you’re putting these posts in you need to be a little
bit careful just don’t puncture your drip but you can usually dig down there
find that tape and put their post right beside it so before I run my string I
like to come in here and prune these bottom lateral stems off this plant here
that first run a string I really like to have good contact or the base of the
plant really supports it nicely for the other string that will run
as the plants grows and I was important but this first one I really liked it to
be close to that stem so it holds it tight so I just come in here and I’m
gonna take that one off that one off that one there off maybe even this one
right here I’m gonna give me a good good base to wrap around there and I’ll just
throw these leaves out away from the garden so as far as twine goes we have a
couple options we sell this cotton butcher string here which is a cotton
twine comes in a smaller roll this is a hundred and eighty-five feet and you get
two of these per order so about three hundred and seventy foot of twine so if
you’re not doing a ton this might be a good option for you and if you care
about the twine being biodegradable this because it’s made of cotton is
biodegradable so that that’s important for some people the other option we have
and you can see this box right here is has been through the years but still
kicking is this gro-tie twine this is a poly twine this is kind of commercial
grade stuff what most of the farmers around here are using and I like this
box because it’s got this belt loop here so I can put this on my belt loop and
pull the twine off that I don’t have to tote my twine container around and this
right here has over a mile of twine in it so it will last you a long long time
I’ve had this box here for about five years
I had to patch it up a little bit but there’s still a ton or twine left in
this box so the easiest way I’ve found to do the Florida weave is to have the
box of twine here on your belt loop and I’m right-handed so I like the Box on my
left and then take me a piece of pipe here this is about three foot long and
this is what I’m gonna use to guide the string so instead of reaching down and
guiding the string with my hands I can stand upright and guide it with this
piece of pipe and I’ll show you exactly how we do it
okay so I’m gonna first I have my string ran through my pipe here and then I’m a
tie my string around this first teeth post
here and I only have to tie again when I come back around okay so I take my pipe
here and I’m going one side of this tomato plant I’m using my hand to feed
the string I’m gonna pipe the guide the string then I wrap it around that post
then I’m coming on the back side of this plant I’m gonna wrap it around that post
a couple times come on the other side of this plant wrap it around that post a couple times under this plant wrap that a few times
so we alternate which sides of the plants would go on and then we’ll
alternate that again we’re coming back around you so now I’m at the end and now I’m going
to go back to the front of the row and I’m gonna go on the opposite side of
each plant that I went the first time and then that will provide support on
both sides of the plant let’s come here wrap around the stakes again so when I get down back to the to the
front of my row here I’m just gonna cut my string keep it tight
wrap that around with my hand several times I’m just gonna tie it off so there
you go we show you just how easy it is to do the Florida weave all you need has
some stakes which you can reuse year after year a box of twine here and a
little piece of pipe and you can string those Tomatoes up in no time we’ll
probably run one more line of twine in another week or so and probably a third
line later in the season so if you need a box of twine I’ll put a link in the
description you can get one of those if you have any questions about growing
tomatoes or trellising tomatoes put those in the comments below and we’ll be
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31 thoughts on “Easy Tomato Trellising with the Florida Weave Technique

  1. Thanks So Much For the Video 🙂 Now I now understand better how to trellis tomatoes. I can't wait to plant my tomatoes this year, I have to wait until June to start planting up here in Canada. How's the Eggplants doing ? Can't wait to see an update video on them.

  2. Salome job. I like the way you explained things!
    I've got a bad back this will help. me so much. I like to garden but some times is hard to do with back problems. so much thanks. we will watch you blog. Gene

  3. I'm new to the Hoss tools family. The quality of your product and the little tips and tricks you give on your Channel is unmatched.

  4. I use this system but i find when the stakes are taller between t posts its easier for me not to use the pipe

  5. Why didn’t you wrap up the last tomato? Both strings were on the same side. I trellis my indeterminate tomatoes using woven balers twine. One t-post every three plants and you wrap the string around the tomatoes.

  6. I have used twine and stakes for years but never tried the pipe before.  It is a great idea to say the least.  I have to try that pipe the next time I add some twine to my tomatoes and peppers.

  7. Do you prune your tomato plants to increase fruit yield? If so you should make a how to video on it.

  8. Anyone reading this, DON'T use sisal twine. It streches after it rains and is exposed to the weather. It will make you mad. The poly twine is the best because it's plastic and it doesn't stretch!

  9. I like that you can get under the plants to keep them weeded. But how do you feed the plants and how do you clean up at end of season? Do you prune just bottom leaves and leave rest alone? Thank you so much. I will be using bailer twine. My garden is small but have four areas with tomato plants to extend my crop hopefully..

  10. GUYS! I tried this system and got sidetracked weeding and harvesting other things in the garden, came back and my florida weave was COLLAPSED! And once that junk is down it ain't coming back up, and all your original work is wasted! I recommend avoiding this system.

    I bought metal posts for EVERY single tomato plant, and use plastic zip ties to keep the stems and branches onto the post and up and off the ground (metal posts actually better than wood because they have little gripping bumps and hooks built in to cinch the zip ties to). Don't cinch the zip ties too tight, you need to leave room for the stem and branches to grow larger, you don't want the tie to dig into the tomato plant later on as it grows. IMO a far better system than this weave! And, if you get sidetracked and your plants get big on you and go down to the ground, it's totally possible to zip them up and salvage the situation with metal posts and zip ties, I have done it!

  11. Thanks for the info. Do you do more pruning after the initial clean up at the bottom of the plant? Thanks. JB

  12. What kind of spacing did you have in between your rolls I do the Florida weave this year but I think I got my tomatoes too close together with the rolls

  13. Just wanted to let you know that I started using this method on my tomato plants last week. This week, we got (and are getting) some big thunderstorms, and due to the collision of our east and west coast sea breezes in Central Florida, they're pretty much an every day occurrence. My plants are standing tall, blossoming, and will need to run a third line of twine next week. This is working so much better than the flimsy tomato cages I used last year!

  14. I am probably the most likely person to make knots and tangles in baling twine on accident! I quit using that in favor of mason twine and it is way better but this idea of using a box and pipe makes it look easier still. Plus I uses t-posts between every 3 to 4 tomato plants but I don't use stakes. I'm gonna also use stakes next time. I wonder if it is cheaper to buy taller wooden stakes and then just chop off the bottom part every year and reuse what's left for the next year or two. It wouldn't have a pointy end, though. Maybe it would work out cheaper in the long run to use rebar or those step-in plastic posts. Just thinking….Thanks again for a really good video.

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