[Market-farming] tomato stakes

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Fri May 20 09:05:29 EDT 2005

I thought I'd mention that I have honduran pine tomato stakes that have been
used through more than 8 seasons and have rotted very little. Their natural
rot-resistance is one reason they are popular for tomato stakes. Most of the
deterioration we've experienced with them has been from rough handling.

Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist - Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center

>Good points.  However, unless the stakes are treated, they rot (with a few
>exceptions), and in active soil do it quickly.  I've seen non-treated
>hardwood stakes not last a full season.  If they are treated, they can't be
>used in an organic program, and, as you said, they can harbor disease,
>especially in the hot, humid South.  And, unless you live in a vegetable
>growing region, they usually have to be ordered, with shipping being
>Every grower has to evaluate his/her own situation for the best solution.

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