Hi everyone. I'm wondering if anyone has ever tried to grow tomatoes using the espalier method. I try to put too many tomatoes together in my small space and every year I end up with a jungle and I can't reach the inside. I thought I would place a fence system for my tomatoes to grow on, do a little pruning and train them to grow only in the direction of the fence. I think the tomatoes would get more air circulation and it sure would be easier to harvest and tend the plants. Do you think the yields would go down by doing this? Enjoy Summer! You're gardenbuddy, Greg, NDZ4
Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 10:17 pm EST :
Interesting question, Greg. I'd like to hear about that, too. I didn't know that there was a way of growing tomatoes as espaliers. I've always felt that they could do with lots of support, so a structure would be great.
Are you growing those tomatoes in a greenhouse or outdoors?
Caracol - Southern UK - Zone 8
Posted on Saturday, March 13, 2004 - 11:41 pm EST :
Last year I used steel posts and flexible fencing to make tomato fences. This allowed me to access the tomatoes from both sides. I think it worked really well. I kept them kind of trained to the fence - but they did bush out a little bit. I had much better luck with growing lots of plants in a small space without fungal rot. Also, the light could reach all the way to the bottom which was great for the plants.
Here are some pictures for you showing them throughout the season: