How Far Apart To Plant Tomatoes

The type of plant The garden type The type of support

Spacing is Based on 3 Key Factors

Determinate tomatoes are compact plants. They can be spaced around 1.5 - 2 inches between the tomato seeds and 2 - 3 rows apart.

By Plant Type

In contrast, indeterminate tomato plants are larger  and should be spaced at least 18 inches, but ideally 3 - 4 feet apart to allow proper air circulation and light penetration.

When planting a traditional row garden, they should be planted 12 to 48 inches apart, with rows spaced at least 3 to 4 feet apart.

By Garden Type

In square foot gardening you plant one tomato plant per square foot. This will allow them enough room to grow while still remaining well-suited to the size of the garden bed.

In a wire cage, I recommend planting one tomato per wire cage, and keep the cages at least 6 inches apart.

By Support Type

Most folks stake their tomatoes in a home garden. To get good yields from staked tomatoes, plant them at least 1.5-2 feet apart, based on the rows.

For the health of the plant Level of fruit production How easy it is to access

Why is Spacing Important?

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