I finally installed my posts for the stake and weave tomato supports. I really waited a bit too long because the tomatoes in this bed were getting pretty big.
Since they were not supported, I wasn't able to prune the suckers off. You should always install whatever tomato support you plan to use when you plant your tomatoes. Don't do what I did and put it off.
Even though I waited too long, I think the tomatoes here will still do well with this Florida Stake-and-Weave method.
If you are not familiar with this method, you simply put a stake or post every few plants in a row and tie heavy duty twine or clothesline every foot or so. As the tomatoes grow taller, you train them to go on one side of the lower twine and the other side of the twine on the next level and so on. This way you effectively "weave" the tomato plants which keeps them upright.
This is a popular method with commercial tomato growers, but can serve the backyard gardener as well. It was originally designed for long rows of tomatoes, but I still use it with just three posts in my ten or 12 foot beds. I like using these metal fence posts because there are already holes to attach the line every foot up the post. My posts are much taller than they need to be, but I am reusing the ones I originally bought for my corn fence.
Stake and Weave tomato support works pretty well for me.
Happy Tomato Tuesday!