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Old February 18, 2018   #1
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Default Ten Tomatoes Worthy of A Texas Tomato Cage

Placing an order for the well reputed cages with extensions, with hopes of them arriving in time for planting.

For fun I would like to grow majority new to me varieties this year, primarily red and pink beefsteaks and slicers for this "tall" project.

What would be your choices to fill this mighty cage?

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Old February 18, 2018   #2
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Neves Azorian Red.
Had one one year grow out of the top of the cage and down the top of my grape arbor about 5 more feet.
One of the best red beefsteaks you will ever grow.

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Old February 18, 2018   #3
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Old February 18, 2018   #4
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Old February 18, 2018   #5
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George Detsikas Italian Red was a gargantuan plant for me and produced loads of huges fruits.
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Old February 18, 2018   #6
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Hey Lisa,
I plant on 9 cages every year, 3 plants per. I made cages out of leftover concrete reinforcing wire I picked up around some construction sites. Mine are 5' tall with a 24" diameter.
This year, I'll be planting Early Girl, Big Beef, Park's Whopper, Delicious, Chapman, and Chef's Choice Pink.
Good luck with yours!

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Old February 18, 2018   #7
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Old February 18, 2018   #8
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Beware - if the cage gets filled and the weight isn't distributed evenly, it will lean. You'd need something to right it ... like a few sturdy stakes. I tied a string to a nearby fence to make the cage stand straight.

Side note: I felt some of my beefsteaks didn't grow as big when caged compared to two or three vines on a stake.
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Yea, some nice re-bar will anchor the cages. A good wind will blow them over.
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Old February 18, 2018   #10
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Old February 18, 2018   #11
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Not to 10 just yet so keep 'em coming!

I love the bi-color flavor. Lucky Cross is one of my absolute favorites.
Somehow I missed discussions of Big Rainbow. If per chance it comes in the MMMM envelope, its going to go in one.

Brandywine OTV, PP, George D., NAR, all great choices.

I'm surprised Big Beef is on the list. I don't remember it being exceptionally tall. Ball Seed lists it at 4 feet. Same with Chapman, excellent taste but one that is shorter in stature for me.

I haven't purchased the cages but looking at prices I will be buying 6 and then an additional 3 after inspection. So I only need a few more!

- Lisa

Oh yes the wind, in my tornado and hail/ high wind area tposts are a must. Thanks for the heads up.

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Big Beef topped my 5 foot cages last year. Oh now I see, we're looking for an 8 foot plant. Well, they're great tomatoes anyway. Can't go wrong with 'em.
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If you enjoy bi-colors, try Virginia Sweets. It's listed as late, but the last time I grew it I picked the first fruit in late July.
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As mentioned, Big Beef would be a waste of a Texas cage, as mine only get 4½'. Any Brandywine, Hazelfield Farm, Mark Twain, Strawberry Margarita, WV Sweet Meat, Rebel Yell grew nearly six feet tall for me in '17
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I am watching this thread. This year I am (was) limited to 10 tomato spots until I get my pepper list under control. So far I have 4 spots reserved for Paul Robeson and 1 for Supersweet 100. Looking for the other 5 spots to fill and I have lots of different seed varieties (I was thinking 2 Romas, 1 Omar's Lebanese, 1 Arkansas Traveler and the other one for a random variety. But as I had already explained to Lisa in a PM, I am taking advantage of another offer from a friend which doubles my space - so now I will be able to grow much, much more!
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