Think I can use my tomato cages to train peas?

tomatotomataJuly 31, 2012

I'm starting to think of fall planting. I'll be planting in pots, and I thought I'd use my big Texas tomato cages for the vines to grow up. Anyone else ever do this? How did it work for you?

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denninmi(8a)

I don't know what you mean by a "Texas" tomato cage, but yes, any fence type structure is fine for peas. I used regular tomato cages one time for sugar snaps, which was OK until they started to produce pods, the vines grew far taller than the cages, and then they flopped. Lesson learned -- just make sure the size of the support matches the potential height of the variety you grows. Regular tomato cages are fine for short peas, it takes something taller for a taller pea. I'm guessing that "Texas" tomato cages are big and tall?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 7:52PM
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tommyr_gw

Go for it! I use normal tomatoe cages for my snap peas. They work great. IIRC Texas tomato cages are real tall. They'll do just fine!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 8:22PM
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coralb(7)

Yep, that is what I do.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 9:16AM
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tomatotomata

Great. I spent a bundle on those cages; love 'em, but I want to get my $ worth.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 11:34AM
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williammorgan(6b)

I'd try it. you have nothing to lose. I mistakenly didn't give my peas enough support in the spring and it turned into a mess. I find every variety I select grows 5-6 feet tall. Support with give you many more peas and keep things clean.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 12:54PM
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