Plants can flop over for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes a strong wind can break the stems which means that the plant can no longer support itself. Other times, plants droop due to a lack of water or because they have gone into transplant shock. For whatever reason your plant has flopped over, it can be fixed with a stake and wire.
All garden centers carry a wide variety of plant stakes. I prefer bamboo stakes myself though you can buy wooden stakes, vinyl coated metal stakes, and even special stakes that have a ring on the top to support flowers like peonies or delphiniums that can get a little top heavy. Staking a plant is super easy to do. Here’s how.
To stake your plants you will need an assortment of stakes. Bamboo is fine for most plants (these can be cut to size with a bypass pruner), larger sprawling type plants will need a sturdier stake. Also needed will be some medium strength gardening wire and a wire cutter.
Set in the stake
Trim the bamboo stake to the proper size. (Six inches plus the height of the plant). Gently press into the ground — opposite the bend — about two to four inches away from the stem.
Locate the bend
For plants that have folded over onto themselves, locate the bends in the stems. For the staking to work, the support wire will have to be several inches above the fold.
Cut the wire to the desired length. Wrap one end around the stake, giving it three or four twists to secure. Lift the plant gently so that it is straight. Bend the other end into a three-quarter loop to capture the stems.
Tighten the wire loop until the plant stands straight. You can leave the end of the wire loose or you can wrap it around the stake. As the plant straightens up on its own, adjust the wire so that it provides the plant with a little more support. Within a week or two, you’ll discover the plant will be standing up on it’s own.
And why wire instead of string? Wire not only stays attached to the stake better, it can provide support which makes it super easy to keep floppy stems properly aligned. Rust proof garden wire is easy to work with, totally reusable and costs less than $6 for a 100 foot roll.
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