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Growing tomatoes on a cattle panel fence

 
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I tried in the past to get indeterminate tomatoes to grow into vines and they seemed to all want to be a bush.

Can anyone recommend vine growing tomatoes that can survive the heat and humidity (Zone 7b) and do well while growing vertically (on a cattle panel fence)?

Is there a trick to make them vine?

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I'm zone 6, with very hot and humid summers in the Ohio River Valley.
I never get mine in early enough,  but if you do,  I would grow  Italian Tree tomatoes.
They get huge,up to 12' tall (or more!) but they take a long time to mature,90 days or more.
The produce huge fruits,  and lots of them,  but mine never get to vine ripen,  'cause I plant them too late.


My favorite indeterminate it Stupice , they mature super early and produce until frost, giving golf ball sized fruit.

The most reliable tomato I have grown is Matt's Wild Cherry, 55 days till maturity,  tiny but prolific,  prone to self seeding.


 
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Left to their own devices, indeterminate tomatoes tend to form sprawling, bushy messes. To get a tidier "vine" you'll have to do some pruning and to get it to climb you'll need to either weave it through the cattle panel or tie/clip them on.

To prune tomatoes you'll start by reducing each plant to 1 - 3 main stems. Then you go through and remove all suckers - best done every week or so. Only do this on indeterminate tomatoes!

With the mild summers we have in western Oregon keeping indeterminates pruned to a single stem and removal of all suckers is the only way I can get a decent amount of tomatoes. At the end of the season I also typically have to cut the growing tips back aggressively to get the later tomatoes to ripen.
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