Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Display results as :


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 9:36 pm

» A great offer for a local SFG,er
by jimmy cee Today at 9:28 pm

» Today's Harvest
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 9:02 pm

» How to Grow Better Tomatoes
by countrynaturals Today at 7:59 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by countrynaturals Today at 7:54 pm

» Helpful Beetles
by countrynaturals Today at 7:45 pm

» Does MM improve with age?
by countrynaturals Today at 7:41 pm

» to mulch or not to mulch
by sanderson Today at 7:36 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 7:29 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 7:19 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by brianj555 Today at 6:38 pm

» Garlic Growing Lovers
by SQWIB Today at 5:31 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by plantoid Today at 4:10 pm

» Newbie from Ayrshire, West Coast of Scotland
by plantoid Today at 4:02 pm

» My Compost Bin
by SQWIB Today at 1:03 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Today at 1:00 pm

» Gardening & Homesteading Skills Summit REGISTER NOW!
by countrynaturals Today at 11:23 am

» How much room for Tromboncino zucchini?
by countrynaturals Today at 11:08 am

» Hello from Gilbert, AZ
by sanderson Today at 10:37 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 10:20 am

» Thumbs Up????
by sanderson Today at 10:03 am

» More Bad News for Bugs
by SQWIB Today at 9:57 am

» What weed? is this? (with pic)
by sanderson Today at 2:57 am

» Senseless Banter...
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:26 pm

» Lower south Oct 2017
by brianj555 10/17/2017, 5:02 pm

» Sowing Experiment! Anyone Tried This?
by brianj555 10/17/2017, 4:50 pm

by CapeCoddess 10/17/2017, 3:48 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by countrynaturals 10/17/2017, 3:37 pm

» new greenhouse got drafted
by Scorpio Rising 10/16/2017, 8:08 pm

» Monarch Supporter
by Scorpio Rising 10/16/2017, 7:55 pm


Search SFG Forum

Indeterminate Tomato Plant Spacing with a Trellis

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Indeterminate Tomato Plant Spacing with a Trellis

Post  sbauer on 5/30/2013, 6:30 pm

I've been reading online about indeterminate tomato spacing and some suggest one plant every two feet or so, while others (like Mel's book) say you can get away with doing one per square foot. Is there a verdict on what works best if you're using a trellis? I'm trying to maximize my crop without hurting it. I just don't know what to do. Should I just stick with the additional spacing or try to squeeze an additional plant or two in there?

Posts : 3
Join date : 2013-05-19
Location : Baltimore

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Indeterminate Tomato Plant Spacing with a Trellis

Post  ArkansasSFGardener on 5/30/2013, 6:36 pm

I would follow the book and put one in each sf.. Just have to stay on top of the plant and prune it, and it will do just fine.

Male Posts : 87
Join date : 2013-05-01
Age : 28
Location : Lonoke, Arkansas 7b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Indeterminate Tomato Plant Spacing with a Trellis

Post  Roseinarosecity on 5/30/2013, 6:49 pm

Last year I planted 4 plants at the rear of my 4x4 box and 1/3 through the season decided it was too much because I could not tell which vine was which. I was trying to do one-stem pruning but it simply grew too fast and one particular tomato at the corner just didn't grow well so I yanked it out. Having 3 tomato plants was still a lot of work and difficult to watch for bugs. This year I placed two trellises in a V-shape pattern to face the sun and planted in the middle of the 4x4 box 2 tomato plants per trellis. I also planted basil around the tomato plants. There's better air circulation, I can prune to a one stem much easier, and I can circle around the bed to check all sides of the both trellises to check for bugs much easier. Spraying water to knock out aphids is so much easier. It looks like it's working out for me this year.


Female Posts : 194
Join date : 2011-08-14
Location : 10a - San Gabriel Valley - Pasadena, California

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Indeterminate Tomato Plant Spacing with a Trellis

Post  camprn on 5/30/2013, 7:30 pm

With my indeterminate tomatoes I have planted them every square and every other square. I found that I had healthier plants with the every other square planting. It increased airflow between the plants which helps to keep disease at bay, but it is also easier to manage the plants with more room. Yields were better with every other foot spacing.
FYI, there are numerous back threads on how to go about pruning tomato plants.


41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau



Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 55
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Indeterminate Tomato Plant Spacing with a Trellis

Post  boffer on 5/30/2013, 8:29 pm

Gardner, know thyself!

Tom plants will do fine in 1 sf IF you are absolutely ruthless when you prune, and prune on a very frequent basis.

If that doesn't sound appealing to you, then 1 per 2sq is more easily managed.

(you could do a little of both Wink )

Last edited by camprn on 5/31/2013, 9:52 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : edit per request of author)

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Indeterminate Tomato Plant Spacing with a Trellis

Post  JustMe on 6/22/2013, 10:26 pm

I have planted every other square with tomatoes alternating with something else. Last year, cucumbers were placed between the tomatoes. It was a rough year with heat and drought, so nothing really grew well.

This year, the tomatoes have peas in between them. So far, so good. I haven't pruned, but once the peas are done, those squares will be empty, so it will end up as an every other planting.


Posts : 237
Join date : 2011-06-23
Location : SE Wisconsin, Zone 5a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Indeterminate Tomato Plant Spacing with a Trellis

Post  Sponsored content

Sponsored content

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum