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Vegetable and Tomato Cage

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Price: $10.99
Regular Price: $21.99


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To make sure you get the very most from your Vegetable and Tomato Cage, we'd like to tell you a little about how they work and how to make sure your tomato plants grow up strong and beautifully supported all summer long.

The most important thing to note is that the Vegetable and Tomato Cage is more of a replacement for tying tomato plants to a stake than an actual cage. To make them work properly, you will still need to make sure that the initial stalks are contained within the rings.

Stakes are not included, because people have different height requirements depending on which plants they are using the cage with. You can use stakes that you might already have at home with the tomato and vegetable cage.

When you first extend and hold up the Vegetable and Tomato Cage, you may be surprised at how flexible and "springy" the Vegetable and Tomato Cage seems. You may even think, "How can something this flexible hold up a full-grown tomato plant?" But don't let the up-and-down flexibility of the Vegetable and Tomato Cage fool you. That's because the engineered design of the Veggie Cage means that it does not hold the weight of the plant and all those tomatoes up-and-down, but rather side-to-side. If you were to slide your forearms up inside the Vegetable and Tomato Cage and press outward, you'd see how rigid it suddenly becomes. That's exactly how it works in your garden. The main branches of the tomato plant lean out against the inside of the rings, and the Veggie Cage becomes "one" with the plant.

The Vegetable and Tomato Cage functions as a truss or like a girder that connects the whole plant making a completely stable and strong "structure". You will love how simple and natural the spiral Veggie Cage really works. What's more, the flexibility allows the Vegetable and Tomato Cage to be stored nearly-flat at the end of the season; you need only to flip it upside-down to make it collapse.

As your young tomato plants begin to grow, you'll want to give it a little "guidance" by tucking the main branches into the coils, when they are tall enough to reach them. Thereafter, you should take a look at your plants about once each week, to make sure that none of the branches are growing outside the Vegetable and Tomato Cage. Any loose branches should simply be tucked inside the nearest coil. As the plant gets taller and taller, you will need to do this less and less(stakes not included).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When I mounted the Vegetable and Tomato Cage on the tomato stakes, there were still rings left on the ground. Am I using them correctly?

A: Since this feature of the Vegetable and Tomato Cage confused so many people, the manufacturer shortened the product in 2005 and made the rungs much stiffer. It will still work for most plants up to 7 feet, and there is no problem with having excess rings on the ground, but this should eliminate some of the confusion.

Q: Does this product really work?

A: 2006 marks the fourth full season for the Vegetable and Tomato Cage. It is safe to safe that the product works extremely well. Of course, it has to be used properly. It does not exactly function like a cage. Rather, it is an alternative to tying tomato plants that many people feel works much better than cages. For the Veggie Cage to work properly, you must ensure that the stalks are pushed within the cylinder of the "cage" as they grow.

Q: What kind of stake should I use with the Vegetable and Tomato Cage?

A: The clamping mechanism on top of the Vegetable and Tomato Cage can accommodate either square or round stakes. In testing, we often use stakes that actually measure 1.25" x 1.25". This is the maximum size that fits in the clamp. We cut them to 7 feet in length so that we can bury the stake one foot deep into the ground. Conduit, Re-bar, and other wood stakes can also be used effectively.
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Product Reviews

Average rating is 1
1.0
I was very pleased with the attractiveness of these cages as my tomato plants grew up inside them. I carefully tried keeping all the branches inside the loops as directed, and until mid July all was beatiful. Each of my plants had over twenty fruits each and looked perfect, then we had a very hot humid streak of weather during which the tomatoes had a growth spurt and overnight all three cages stretched down and left the stem of my tomatoes folded in a zig=zag pattern with all the heavy tomatoes sagging to the ground. Many tomatoes fell off, but the plants remained well hydrated and perfectly green, but spread out on the ground. I tried tying up the loops with twisty tie wire and twine but to no avail the tomatoes were just too heavy for these pitiful cages. They were great untill the fruits got heavy, so they would be beatiful for flowers or maybe peas and beans, but no way are they for any heavy fruits and veggies. not only did they waste the money I spent on them , but they wasted all the labor and money I put into caring for my tomatoe plants. My tomatoes are in a front garden with annual flowers, so I was trying this as an attractive alternative to regular cages which are always too small anyway, these had the hieght needed, but no strength. If you fuss with your garden and give it water and fertilizer so that you have big healthy plants, do not buy these! NOT FOR BIG HEALTHY TOMATOE PLANTS!!!!!! only good for skinny little vines with no fruit.
By:  Serena
Traverse City, MI0.3
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Product Reviews

Average rating is 1
1.0
I was very pleased with the attractiveness of these cages as my tomato plants grew up inside them. I carefully tried keeping all the branches inside the loops as directed, and until mid July all was beatiful. Each of my plants had over twenty fruits each and looked perfect, then we had a very hot humid streak of weather during which the tomatoes had a growth spurt and overnight all three cages stretched down and left the stem of my tomatoes folded in a zig=zag pattern with all the heavy tomatoes sagging to the ground. Many tomatoes fell off, but the plants remained well hydrated and perfectly green, but spread out on the ground. I tried tying up the loops with twisty tie wire and twine but to no avail the tomatoes were just too heavy for these pitiful cages. They were great untill the fruits got heavy, so they would be beatiful for flowers or maybe peas and beans, but no way are they for any heavy fruits and veggies. not only did they waste the money I spent on them , but they wasted all the labor and money I put into caring for my tomatoe plants. My tomatoes are in a front garden with annual flowers, so I was trying this as an attractive alternative to regular cages which are always too small anyway, these had the hieght needed, but no strength. If you fuss with your garden and give it water and fertilizer so that you have big healthy plants, do not buy these! NOT FOR BIG HEALTHY TOMATOE PLANTS!!!!!! only good for skinny little vines with no fruit.
By:  Serena
Traverse City, MI0.3