53 Tomato Trellis Designs (Completely Free)

344 Shares

Quick Navigation

While some people grow determinate tomatoes so that they don’t have to worry about a trellis, anyone who wants to grow an indeterminate variety is going to need one. Whether short or tall, big or small, I’ve got a list of different options which will help ensure your tomatoes have the support that they need to give you huge quantities of fresh produce!

I’ve broken these down into categories based on what is actually providing the support for the tomatoes, and included some rough estimates of cost and difficulty. I’m really sure you’ll find a solution for your tomato trellis needs here!

Listen to this post on the Epic Gardening Podcast

Subscribe to the Epic Gardening Podcast on iTunes

String-Based Supports

The T-Post Tomato Trellis

The T-Post Tomato Trellis
The T-Post Tomato Trellis. source

This is a really creative way to secure tomatoes! A framework made of T-posts and rebar securely mounted in the ground provides an anchor point. When the tomatoes are planted and quite young, a piece of twine is tied around the bottom of the plant and secured to the upper rebar. The plant is then trained around the twine as it grows. It’s an easy DIY build and, with the addition of a mesh screen panel, can be used to secure other climbing plants like beans and peas when you’re not growing tomatoes. Full directions and the process for training can be found at this website.

Materials Twine, metal posts, PVC or metal t-connectors, rebar
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $-$$

The A-Frame Support Structure

The A-Frame Support Structure
The A-Frame Support Structure. source

If you love the idea of twine-supported tomatoes, but tend to grow six-foot-tall tomato plants like I do, this lumber framework should help you out considerably. Since it’s so tall, you may also be able to drape shade cloth over it on hot days, or plastic on cold ones, thus adding protection for your plants and extending their growth cycle. Here’s how these people did it.

Materials Lumber, nails or screws, twine
Difficulty Beginner to intermediate (wood cutting required)
Cost $$-$$$ (depending on lumber choice)

The Indestructible DIY Tomato Trellis

The Indestructible DIY Tomato Trellis
The Indestructible DIY Tomato Trellis. source

This trellis is constructed of rebar, electrical conduit, and nylon mesh. It certainly seems like it could be indestructible! It makes a great row support for multiple tomato plants. Read how to do it on this site.

Materials Rebar, electrical conduit, nylon mesh, conduit elbows, conduit cutters, a lighter
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $$

Florida Weave String Trellis

Florida Weave String Trellis
Florida Weave String Trellis. source

I’m actually doing a Florida weave trellis this year for my tomatoes, and it’s working quite well! While it’s best used on determinate tomatoes to give them a little extra support, with tall enough stakes you can use it on indeterminates, too. The process involves securing heavy-duty stakes in the ground, then weaving twine or nylon cord between the stakes to create a cat’s cradle-like cage around the plants. This site teaches the process very well.

Materials Stakes (I used metal fence posts), twine or nylon cord
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

Diagonal String Trellis

Diagonal String Trellis
Diagonal String Trellis. source

This one’s a bit unusual, because instead of having the string support the tomato by holding it up from above, it supports the tomato as it grows diagonally up along the string to a frame. While it requires some training, it allows easy access to all sides of the plant, which is really useful. Check out the diagrams on this blog post.

Materials Metal frame, nylon cord, nylon mesh
Difficulty Intermediate (because of time spent training the tomatoes to climb)
Cost $$

Wood Frame String Trellis

Wood Frame String Trellis
Wood Frame String Trellis. source

A slightly-angled wood frame helps to support tomatoes as they grow upward in this interesting design. Using tomato clips, the vines are trained up along the strings at a slight angle, providing ease of access to all sides of the plant. It’s almost a reverse of the one right above! Take a look at this interesting design.

Materials Lumber, nylon cord or heavy-duty twine
Difficulty Intermediate (because of time spent training the tomatoes to climb)
Cost $$

Leftover Parts Trellis

Leftover Parts Trellis
Leftover Parts Trellis. source

If you’ve got leftover string or twine and some old branches or scraps of lumber, you can build this trellis. It’s not elegant, but it’s definitely functional and serves its purpose well. Take a look at suggested components and how to put it together.

Materials Leftover twine/string, old branches or lumber, misc other possible parts
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

DIY Bamboo and Twine Tomato Spiral

DIY Bamboo and Twine Tomato Spiral
DIY Bamboo and Twine Tomato Spiral. source

While not as fancy as the commercial metal tomato spirals, this tripod of bamboo anchors twine in place to provide the same sort of support. It’s a simple and quick construction that works surprisingly well, although the twine doesn’t last for more than a season. You can read the instructions here.

Materials Bamboo poles, twine
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

Wire-Based Supports

The Raised Bed Trellis Arch

The Raised Bed Trellis Arch
The Raised Bed Trellis Arch. source

Whether you’re growing tomatoes or any other climber, anything that fits into a relatively-small footprint is a breeze with this setup. Two narrow raised beds are paired up with an arching trellis to which you can secure tomatoes, allow pole beans and peas to climb, or even encourage an archway of grapevines. And best of all, it’s harvestable from all angles this way! Detailed plans can be located here.

Materials Lumber, cattle panels (or other trellis material)
Difficulty Intermediate (must be willing to construct the beds and secure the panels)
Cost $$-$$$

The Lean-To Tomato Trellis

The Lean-To Tomato Trellis
The Lean-To Tomato Trellis. source

This guy has an unusual design – a lean-to constructed of livestock fencing and fenceposts. When your tomato is planted underneath the sloped surface, it will grow up through the fencing and get the support it needs. At the end of the season you just pull out the fencing and posts and stack them out of the way! How to set it up is available here.

Materials Livestock fencing, livestock fencing posts
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $$-$$$

The Homemade Horizontal Trellis

The Homemade Horizontal Trellis
The Homemade Horizontal Trellis. source

There’s a whole lot of pictures in this blog post, so let me recommend that you scroll down the page. Eventually, you will come upon a rather ingenious system – a pair of mesh panels supported by wooden corner posts. Tomatoes can grow up through them and get the support that they need, and they can sprawl a bit, too. Photos are at this blog.

Materials Two pieces of heavy wire mesh, wooden corner supports
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

Livestock Fencing Long Trellis

Livestock Fencing Long Trellis
Livestock Fencing Long Trellis. source

While I mentioned other options using wire mesh earlier, if you have old livestock fencing lying around the yard, why not put it to work as a long trellis to tie your plants to? It’s handy stuff. Take a look at the website for this type of trellis plus a couple we’ve already mentioned.

Materials Livestock fencing, metal posts
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $$

The Livestock Cage

The Livestock Cage
The Livestock Cage. source

With a bit of work, you can turn that livestock fencing into individual tomato cages, too. This design creates V-shaped panels, and you can place two panels together to form a full cage, or leave them as V’s and tie the tomatoes to them. They stack in a neat stack at the end of the season. Visit the site for more on how to build this.

Materials Livestock fencing, heavy duty wire cutters or loppers, heavy-duty gloves
Difficulty Beginner (but may require a second set of hands to bend the fencing)
Cost $$

Concrete Mesh Tomato Cage

The Concrete Mesh Tomato Cage
The Concrete Mesh Tomato Cage. source

This has long been one of my favorite styles of tomato cage. Using concrete reinforcing mesh, you build a cylinder that can support an immense amount of weight in tomatoes. One roll of concrete mesh can make a bunch of cages, so it’s relatively inexpensive if you need a lot. However, you will definitely want some solid wide-jawed pliers and heavy gloves to build these. I have used them without staking in the past and the weight of the tomato plants held them in place, but you can add a piece of rebar to stake them as well. Check out how to build them!

Materials Roll of concrete reinforcing mesh, heavy gloves, wide-jawed pliers, heavy wire cutters
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $$

The Stake-A-Cage

The Stake A Cage
The Stake A Cage. source

Do you have tons of tomatoes and are dreading making cages for them all? Take a look at these simple plans for an option that will help you out. The Stake-A-Cage features a heavy mesh attached to a long wooden stake. It creates a very functional option at an attractively low cost.

Materials Welded wire fencing, wooden stakes, wire fence nails
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

The Tall Tomato Tower

The Tall Tomato Tower
The Tall Tomato Tower. source

If you grow in containers, you know how many problems there are in effectively staking your plants. Commercial tomato cages that fit into large containers tend to be weak and collapse under the weight of your plant. This expandable tomato tower can reach up to ten feet tall and will maintain its structural integrity throughout. You can read how to do it here.

Materials Galvanized metal fencing, wire, bamboo or plastic landscaping poles, heavy gloves
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $$

Cattle Panel And String Trellis

Cattle Panel And String Trellis
Cattle Panel And String Trellis. source

It’s really as simple as the name suggests. This arched style of trellis is primarily formed with cattle panels, and string or twine helps encourage the plants to grow up and around and through the panel. It is not as fancy as some other arched trellises, but it certainly does what it’s meant to do! See how it’s assembled for more information.

Materials Cattle panels, twine or string
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $$

Bent Cattle Panel Tomato Cage

Bent Cattle Panel Tomato Cage
Bent Cattle Panel Tomato Cage. source

A bit stronger than a concrete reinforcing mesh, this bent cattle panel will withstand pretty much any weight that’s put on it! It takes a couple people to assemble it due to the difficulty of bending the panel, but it will last for years and years. Check out the build process in this post.

Materials Cattle panel, bolt cutters, crescent wrench
Difficulty Intermediate (could be beginner with multiple people)
Cost $-$$ (depending on panel price)

Double Hog Wire Trellis

Double Hog Wire Trellis
Double Hog Wire Trellis. source

This is actually a pair of trellises constructed of hog wire, and placed closely together to ensure that plants are supported well on all sides. It provides great support for a minimal cost. The photos and instructions are clear and concise.

Materials Hog wire panels, wooden stakes, eyebolts, heavy wire, a couple friends
Difficulty Intermediate (you will need to secure the top to the roof of a greenhouse and require assistance)
Cost $$

Japanese Tomato Ring

While this one is similarly-constructed to a few of the other cages we’ve discussed, the way it’s used is not. After constructing a ring out of mesh or fencing material, you plant four plants around the outside of the ring, rather than one plant inside of it. Add compost to the interior of the ring to feed the plants, and secure the plants as they grow. This is a great way to maximize your planting in a small space! Here’s how to do it.

Materials Wire mesh or fencing, compost, twine or cord or tomato clips to secure plants to mesh
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $-$$

PVC-Based Supports

Square Staked PVC Tomato Cage

Square Staked PVC Tomato Cage
Square Staked PVC Tomato Cage. source

If you have leftover PVC pipe lying around, pick up some connectors and pull out your PVC cutter, because this tomato cage is super-easy to construct and can be taken apart for storage after the season ends. This particular version has a heavier long piece of PVC pipe used as a stake to connect the cage to so it doesn’t move around. It’s easy, efficient, and sturdy. Check out the concept here.

Materials PVC pipe (mostly ¾”, but if you have leftover 1” that’ll work too), connectors, wire (to secure the stake to the cage)
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

PVC and Conduit Tomato Cage

PVC and Conduit Tomato Cage
PVC and Conduit Tomato Cage. source

This PVC cage doesn’t need connectors — but you will need a drill and some patience. Wide-gauge PVC is used to create the corner supports, and conduit is run through holes in the PVC to provide crossbar support. It’s actually really inexpensive, provided that you’ve got the required size of drill bits already, and it’s very sturdy. Check out the build process!

Materials Heavy-gauge PVC, lighter gauge conduit, drill
Difficulty Beginner to intermediate (hole placement may be tricky in the PVC)
Cost $-$$

PVC Tomato Block

PVC Tomato Block
PVC Tomato Block. source

Do you have a lot of tomatoes in a small space? This blocky structure will help! Using a network of interlinked PVC, this style of cage helps support a multitude of plants no matter the weight, and can be disassembled later to store (provided, of course, that you don’t use PVC glue to lock it all together). It’s a simple yet effective build, and you can see it right here.

Materials PVC, PVC connectors, PVC cutter
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $-$$

PVC Tomato Cages For Self-Watering Container Gardens

PVC Tomato Cages For Self-Watering Container Gardens
PVC Tomato Cages For Self-Watering Container Gardens. source

PVC is lightweight and easy to work with, but super-sturdy, which makes it ideal for this container-garden cage. Designed to work with the rectangular self-watering types of containers, it can also be modified in design to work in a standard garden. Look at the diagram here.

Materials PVC pipe, PVC connectors, PVC cutter
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $-$$

PVC Tomato Cage For Earthbox

PVC Tomato Cage for Earthbox
PVC Tomato Cage for Earthbox. source

Another container style, this forum discusses how to assemble and work with a PVC framework cage for an Earthbox. This one is unique in that it only uses one specific (and relatively inexpensive) shape of PVC connector, and the side bars are at different heights. Effective, and easy to snap apart and store during the winter! Take a look.

Materials PVC pipe, PVC connectors, PVC cutter
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $-$$

DIY PVC Tomato Cage

DIY PVC Tomato Cage
DIY PVC Tomato Cage. source

This large boxy style is perfect for raised-bed gardens. With some added support from twine, it can handle multiple plants with ease, and can be taken apart for easy storage like most of the PVC designs. Here’s how they built it.

Materials PVC pipe, PVC connectors, PVC cutter
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $-$$

Offset PVC Ladder Cage

Offset PVC Ladder Cage
Offset PVC Ladder Cage. source

Another offset design, this one is meant for use directly in gardens rather than for container gardens. Like the one for the Earthbox, it only uses a single style of connector, meaning that you can purchase your connector type in bulk and get them cheaper. Here’s an image of how it’s built – it’s easy to determine your own sizing.

Materials PVC pipe, PVC connectors, PVC cutter
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $-$$

Heavy-Duty PVC Cage

Heavy-Duty PVC Cage
Heavy-Duty PVC Cage. source

This style of PVC cage offers the most support of all of the PVC options, but it can be difficult to find the 5-way connectors that are used in the central part of the cage. Three different kinds of connectors are used on this setup, but it provides maximum support and ease of use – and a few pieces of rebar used as ground stakes adds even more stability. It’s worth hunting down those connectors for! Read more here.

Materials PVC pipe, PVC connectors, PVC cutter
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $$

The Tormato

The Tormato
The Tormato. source

This crazy hybrid of a tomato spiral and a PVC cage is strange to look at, but quite effective. It is almost a type of garden art, but a functional variety of art at that! It can even be rigged to act as a liquid-nutrient delivery system at the same time. Read more about this unusual contraption and how it was constructed.

Materials PVC pipe, PEX tubing
Difficulty Beginner to Intermediate
Cost $$

Wood-Based Supports

The Wooden Tomato Cage

The Wooden Tomato Cage
The Wooden Tomato Cage. source

Want something sturdy that will hold up to the weight of most heavy-producing tomato plants? Look no further. This simple, yet effective, tomato cage can be built to any height or spacing requirements and takes mere minutes to assemble once you’ve finished cutting the wood to length. It looks great in the garden, too. Complete directions for the build are available.

Materials Lumber, brad or nail gun, saw
Difficulty Intermediate (must cut wood, use tools)
Cost $-$$

Supported Slat Trellis Box

Supported Slat Trellis Box
Supported Slat Trellis Box. source

No instructions are included with this image, but the concept is very simple: set four wooden posts into the ground and screw on premade slat trellises. This forms a secure grid for your plants to grow through that will help support the eventual fruit. And it looks great, too!

Materials Premade slat trellises, heavy wooden corner posts, screws
Difficulty Intermediate (may require modifying a slat trellis to your needs)
Cost $$$

The Garden Obelisk

The Garden Obelisk
The Garden Obelisk. source

A lot of people like the angled shape of an obelisk-styled tomato cage, and this one will last for a long time to come. Constructed of wood, it offers ample support to the plant’s branches while still maintaining a nice sense of style. There’s full instructions with wood measurements!

Materials Lumber, saw, brad or nail gun
Difficulty Intermediate (requires some rudimentary construction skills)
Cost $$

The Baling-Twine Tomato Bed

The Bailing Twine Tomato Bed
The Bailing Twine Tomato Bed. source

This is a great option for people who’re doing raised beds. Using scrap lumber, you build a frame over your tomato-growing area. Once your plants are in the ground, tie a piece of twine to the plant, and tie it to the framework loosely. As the plant grows upward, you can shorten the twine, thus securing the plant to the frame and helping it stay upright. There’s a bunch of images here that can assist you in your build.

Materials Enough scrap lumber to build a frame, baling twine
Difficulty Beginner to intermediate
Cost $

Bamboo Tomato Cage

The Bamboo Tomato Cage
The Bamboo Tomato Cage. source

This is a great use for bamboo, whether wild-grown or extra cuttings from your own bamboo stand! Bamboo holds up to the weight of tomatoes really well as it’s a durable wood. I might personally secure the bamboo cages together with a screw through a drilled hole, but the designer used inexpensive materials around the house to put these together just as easily. Check out the concept at this site.

Materials Bamboo of varying lengths, saw, twine or wire to secure it together
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

Ladder-Style Folding Tomato Cage

Ladder-Style Folding Tomato Cage
Ladder-Style Folding Tomato Cage. source

What a cunning concept! We all know how a ladder opens up for use. Well, this works very similarly, and you use a screw to secure it in place while your plants are growing. At the end of the season, remove the screws on one side of the side bars, fold it up, and store it just like you would a ladder. You can see how it’s done right here.

Materials Scrap lumber, screws, screwdriver, saw
Difficulty Intermediate (you have to cut wood)
Cost $$

Pressure-Treated Decking Cage

Pressure-Treated Decking Cage
Pressure-Treated Decking Cage. source

If you’ve redone your deck recently and have any scrap wood, you might be able to construct this tomato cage. Because it’s pressure-treated, it’ll hold up to moisture like a champ, and its sturdy construction ensures your tomatoes will have no problems whatsoever. Take a look and see how it’s made!

Materials Scrap pressure-treated decking, nails, hammer, saw, outdoor paint
Difficulty Beginner to Intermediate (you have to cut wood)
Cost $$-$$$

Foldaway Triangle Trellis

Foldaway Triangle Trellis
Foldaway Triangle Trellis. source

All you need for this triangular trellis is a bundle of wooden slats, available at pretty much any home and garden center. Making an A-frame that’s joined at the top with hinges, you’ve got a trellis that can be virtually any height, and the use of a stake or two will keep it from sliding out of place until the tomatoes can weigh it down. It folds up into a flat profile that can be tucked easily into a shed or garage. Check out the full directions!

Materials Wooden slats, heavy-duty stapler and staples, a couple of hinges, saw, screwdriver
Difficulty Beginner to intermediate (you have to cut wood)
Cost $$

The Inexpensive Obelisk

The Inexpensive Obelisk
The Inexpensive Obelisk. source

Obelisks are really popular because they look good in the garden, especially with a nice coat of paint. This version is particularly appealing, especially if you add a topper like a pinwheel to help keep birds at bay. Here’s a full how-to on these inexpensive homemade obelisk cages.

Materials Pine lumber, saw, screws and screwdriver, outdoor paint
Difficulty Beginner to intermediate (wood cutting)
Cost $-$$ (depending on paint cost)

Three-Step Trellis

Three-Step Trellis
Three-Step Trellis. source

Got some old scrap lumber and sturdy twine? Then you have everything you need to build this trellis. It’s supported by driving the bottom posts into the ground at an angle so that they’re crossed at the top, and then lashed-on crossbeams help support an entire row of plants. Easy to construct, easy to use, and at the end of the season just cut the twine and it all falls apart.

Materials Lumber, heavy-duty twine
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $$

Arched Walkway Trellis

Arched Walkway Trellis
Arched Walkway Trellis. source

This is a stunning trellis concept for people with a bit of available space. Because the tomato plants are secured to an arch, they can just keep growing up and over, and you can harvest easily from both sides of the plant, plus it provides a nicely-shaded area to take a break from the sun. It looks great in the garden and is definitely worth consideration! Here’s how it all goes together.

Materials Lumber, UHMW plastic strips, metal T-posts, screws
Difficulty Intermediate (requires cutting wood and bending plastic)
Cost $$$

Stylish Tomato Tower

Stylish Tomato Tower
Stylish Tomato Tower. source

Made similarly to an obelisk, this tomato tower provides heavy-duty support in a small footprint. And it looks great, too! They recommend using cedar, but you could likely use douglas fir or pine as long as you gave it a coat of weather-resistant paint or stain. Full instructions and a cutting list are available on this website.

Materials Lumber, screws, saw, screws, paint or stain
Difficulty Intermediate (requires cutting)
Cost $$-$$$ (depending on wood choice)

Bamboo A-Frame Trellis

Bamboo A-Frame Trellis
Bamboo A-Frame Trellis. source

This trellis is made out of split bamboo, secured together with nails or screws, and is designed to work well in a raised bed or tall container setting. It’s a simple build overall, which is good as it’s not described thoroughly. You can see a photo at this link.

Materials Bamboo poles (some split in half, some not), screws or nails, twine to secure plants
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

Upcycled Supports

Upcycled Trellis Styles

Upcycled Trellis Styles
Upcycled Trellis Styles. source

If you’re a fan of all things vintage, why not bring them into your garden as well? This blog post shows how to turn old cribs, frames from broken mirrors, bicycle wheels, chair frames, and more into features in your garden while adding support for your plants. While not all of them will work for all types of tomatoes (a heavy beefsteak tomato is likely going to need more support than a coat rack will provide), they add charm and interest to your garden space.

Materials All stuff you can find in your house, garage, or at the local yard sale
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

Recycled Pallet Tomato Trellis

Recycled Pallet Tomato Trellis
Recycled Pallet Tomato Trellis. source

If you have an abundance of old shipping pallets lying around, or know a place to get free pallets, this is one of the cheapest tomato cage options on this list. This A-frame trellis offers quite a lot of support for a row of tomatoes. Read more about this pallet process!

Materials Old pallets, nails or screws, a saw
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

Funky, Fun Garden Trellis

Funky, Fun Garden Trellis
Funky, Fun Garden Trellis. source

Much like the other recycled pallet trellis, this one uses recycled pallets — but in this case, the pallet frames form much of the framework. It’s a little easier to do than disassembling and reassembling pallet wood. Painted in bright colors, they look great in the garden. Check them out!

Materials Old pallets, nails or screws, a saw
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

Rejuvenated Tomato Cages

Rejuvenated Tomato Cages
Rejuvenated Tomato Cages. source

Are your old tomato cages getting a bit rusty? Take a little steel wool to them to clean off the rust, straighten out the wire, and add a coat of outdoor paint, and suddenly you’ve got colorful cages like the expensive ones at the garden center to secure your plants. Here’s how to do it!

Materials Old tomato cages, steel wool, cleaner and a rag, outdoor paint
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

Double X Pallet Frame

Double X Pallet Frame
Double X Pallet Frame. source

This interesting frame, shaped like a pair of X’s with crossbeams, is constructed almost exclusively out of old pallet wood. Heavy-duty garden twine acts as the support structure, while the heavy wooden framework keeps it all upright. It’s a neat project and quite a centerpiece in the garden. Take a look!

Materials Old pallets, nails or screws, heavy-duty garden twine
Difficulty Beginner to intermediate (requires cutting wood)
Cost $

Rhett Beaver’s Tomato Cage Stack

Rhett Beaver's Tomato Cage Stack
Rhett Beaver’s Tomato Cage Stack. source

In this newspaper article, there’s a number of cages discussed, but the one I’ve zeroed in on is the tomato cage stack proposed by a landscape architect. If you have some of the old conical cages floating around and are interested in experimenting with them, you can join two of them together to make a strange-looking, but much taller cage. You need to add a little extra reinforcement, but it’s surprisingly effective. Click through for more information!

Materials Two old wire tomato cages, leftover wire or garden twine
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

Other Supports

Trellis-Free Upside Down Tomato Rig

Trellis-Free Upside-Down Tomato Rig
Trellis-Free Upside-Down Tomato Rig. source

Why use a trellis when you can have gravity help you? After the “Topsy-Turvy” tomato planter fad from a few years back made it popular to grow tomatoes upside-down, someone came up with a way to DIY it a whole lot cheaper. Here’s how!

Materials 5-gallon buckets, saw, place to hang the tomato
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $

Wind Resistant Tomato Trellis

This design combines the features of an upper support with lower staking to offer as much security in a windy environment as is possible without using a cage structure. It’s an interesting technique, and one which would work equally well in a non-windy environment. Check out the video of the process!

Materials Metal T-posts, crossbar (wood or metal), stakes, twine or old cut fabric
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $-$$

Bull Fence And Twine Tomato Cage

Bull Fence And Twine Tomato Cage
Bull Fence And Twine Tomato Cage. source

Fencing is a popular component, as you can see. In this variation, heavy-duty bull fencing is paired with a zig-zag of twine to add extra support between the two panels. This is by and large one of the most effective fence panel setups I’ve seen, and is definitely worth reading more about.

Materials Bull fence panels, twine, stakes
Difficulty Beginner
Cost $$

A Triad of Trellises

A Triad Of Trellises
A Triad Of Trellises. source

Here’s three different variations of tomato supports — a wire mesh fence that you tie your plants off to (good for cherry tomatoes), a shorter twine-based support, and a taller twine-based support. All three are effective, but I particularly like the tallest option because it tops out at 7’. Even the biggest tomato plants don’t usually reach 7’ tall! Check out this blog post for photos and more information.

Materials Twine, wire mesh fencing, rebar, wood, steel posts with U-hooks at the top
Difficulty Beginner to intermediate (depending on which you decide to do)
Cost $-$$ (depending on which you build)

UC Master Gardener Tomato Staking Techniques

This is a good overview of different tomato staking techniques. While most of them are covered in other forms in this list, there are a few that aren’t. There’s the use of EMT electrical conduit to help support concrete reinforcing mesh to make a long panel to stake to. Also, they cover the use of “Texas Giant” cages, as well as some commercial variations like metal spiral rods and more standardized cage options. It’s worth the reading through the article!

Materials Depends on technique chosen
Difficulty Beginner to intermediate
Cost $-$$$

Hopefully, in this exhaustive list you’ve found the perfect solution to tie up your tomatoes and keep them safe from pests and disease. There’s truly a solution here for everyone! I’ve tried quite a few of these techniques and I have to say I haven’t been disappointed yet. What’s your favorite method of securing your tomatoes? Let me know!


The Green Thumbs Behind This Article:


Kevin Espiritu
Founder

Did this article help you? Yes No
× How can we improve it?
× Thanks for your feedback!

We're always looking to improve our articles to help you become an even better gardener.

While you're here, why not follow us on Facebook and YouTube? Facebook YouTube
344 Shares

4 thoughts on “53 Tomato Trellis Designs (Completely Free)”

  1. I never knew there were so many designs for tomato cages. One area we have been concentrating on is making sure however you trellis your tomatoes, that you are using materials that won’t leach into your soil or plants. We have a food safe trellis made from recycled plastic. It has UV inhibitors and is also considered medical grade. If you decide to post this, please note this is a patent pending product from Scroll Trellis and is made in the USA in Wisconsin. Thank you.

    (With sales of these we want to help people in South Africa grow food).

Leave a Comment