How To Trellis Tomatoes

There are so many variables when it comes to working out the best technique for how to trellis tomatoes. We can learn a lot from people who grow them for a living. 

Opinions on the best way to trellis your tomatoes are many and varied. And for lots of gardeners, experimenting with different methods each year is all part of the fun of tomato season. 

But there are people who have grown more tomatoes in the last decade than many of us will grow in our entire lifetime. People who, depending on their climate, conditions and required results, have perfected tomato trellising techniques. 

How to trellis tomatoes

Know your tomato plants

Tomato plants fall under one of two types: determinate or indeterminate. Before you can think about your trellising options, it’s important to know which of the two you’re looking to support. 

Determinate tomatoes, sometimes described as bushing tomatoes, will reach a certain height – usually around a metre or so – and stop growing. They’ll throw one flush of flowers at more or less the same time and produce all of their fruit over a short period. And while they will benefit from support, it’s not essential, so better suited to smaller spaces. 

Indeterminate plants – or vine tomatoes – will continue to grow and continue to produce flowers and fruit right throughout the growing season. They require regular maintenance and support to ensure high yields. 

How to trellis tomatoes

In Issue #22 of Pip Magazine, we reveal everything you need to know about trellising tomatoes, including:

  • How to choose between determinate or indeterminate tomato plants, depending on your needs.
  • How to prune your tomatoes and the different techniques you can use.
  • Different trellising methods including string trellising, wire tomato cages and the Florida weave.
  • Plus, expert advice for home gardeners from seasoned tomato growers, Fraser Bayley and Kirsti Wilkinson who run Old Mill Road, a bio farm on the south coast of New South Wales. And Cheryl McGaffin, owner of Daniel’s Run Heirloom Tomatoes on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

You can access this article online here as part of our digital subscription offering, or subscribe to the print version of Pip Magazine here

Want more tomato content?!

We’ve got loads of great content all about big red, juicy tomatoes!

In Issue #10 of Pip Magazine, we bring you a complete guide to tomato preservation, including:

  • What preserving equipment you will need.
  • What’s involved in the drying and bottling process.
  • Different passata recipes including classic, rogue, herbed and tomato smash passata recipes.
  • Plus, how to make tomato paste, thick sauce, relishes, pickles and ferments.

You can access this article online here as part of our digital subscription offering. 


In Issue #12 of Pip Magazine, Milkwood’s Kirsten Bradley provides an in-depth guide to choosing which tomatoes are the best for your needs, including information on: 

  • The difference between heritage and hybrid.
  • The difference between determinate versus indeterminate tomatoes.
  • How to choose the best tomatoes for your situation when it comes to the space you’re working with, how much heat and light your growing area needs, and whether you should opt for bush tomatoes or climbing.
  • Plus, we also provide an in-depth table which outlines each of the names, types and groupings of key tomato varieties, what they look like, and what they are/are not good for. 

You can access this article online here as part of our digital subscription offering. 

Growing tomatoes

And don’t forget we have loads of tomato-related articles online, including these:

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