Do the Florida Weave!

Florida Weave BBQWeave 2weave 1Florida Weave DiagramSounds like the latest hairdo or a dance performed by someone after one too many margaritas on the beach, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s a tomato staking method used by commercial growers.

← Commercial Tomato Field in Tryon, NC

I first saw this method in use last year while walking by a field of tomatoes on the way to the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival grounds in Tryon, NC. It’s a fantastic festival, by the way… great music, delicious food and gorgeous mountain views. I took a few photos and researched the method when I got home. That’s when I learned it was called the Florida weave. Catchy!

← My tomatoes

Over the years, I’ve tried several methods of supporting my tomato plants, including rickety tomato cages and individual staking. This year, I’m trying the Florida weave.

I have a couple dozen tomato plants and didn’t want to invest in expensive cages that are only partially effective. I also didn’t want to bother with individually staking each plant. The Florida weave seemed to be the easiest, most economical solution. It uses half the number of stakes and the stringing and tying isn’t as fussy as traditional staking.

 Here’s how it works:

  • Space tomatoes 18-24 inches apart in rows.
  • Place sturdy 5-6’ stakes at the end of each row and after every two plants.
  • Begin stringing the plants when they are about 1 foot tall and before they start falling over (tomato twine or any other string that won’t stretch after a rain).
  • Tie the string to an end stake about 8” off the ground.
  • Weave the string around the plants and stakes all the way down the row. Then, come back up the other side and do the same thing. (see diagram)
  • As the plants grow, add another row of string 8” or so above the first row. Continue to add rows of string as needed. Three or four should do it.

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2 thoughts on “Do the Florida Weave!

  1. Hi Julie! It’s nice to meet ya! I love this method of staking tomatoes! Hopefully, we’ll be able to do this soon! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

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