There are two schools of thought when it comes to growing in a cage. The first is to simply plant and ignore the growing plant allowing it to do its thing. You do try (a bit) to make sure the branches come out of the cage equally around the cage but it’s not a big concern. That’s the easy way and I tend to do this myself.
But For Those Looking For Maximum Harvests
The second is one for the dedicated gardener who wants to push the harvest to the max.
- On planting, pinch out the growing tip of the transplant.
- This will cause it to develop side shoots earlier than if you allowed it to do it naturally.
- As those shoots grow (they too will develop side shoots – allow this) train them towards open sides of the cage so you’ll have equally spaced fruit.
- This is sometimes easier said than done but at least – in theory – it’s going to give you an equal spaced plant with many more growing branches than the “ignored on its own plant”
As With All Things
Doing this kind of experiment in your own garden (and measuring the output) is a good experiment but it’s really only for those dedicated to maximizing their harvests.