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02/03/2013 at 12:25

I don't want to buy any plant supports I already have some.

Can anybody give me any tips relating to the best way to support plants varying in height from 24 inches to 6 feet ?



02/03/2013 at 12:31
What supports do you already have? And what plants do you want to prop up?
02/03/2013 at 12:43

Mainly geraniums and smallis ones ... such as Sedum.

It always seems to me that I havent got enough supports.

The supports are all sorts ones you can buy from garden centres.

02/03/2013 at 13:35
I make my own with strips of metal ....make loops out of them and they are discreet. Bamboo canes for delphiniums, short canes for lupins ...for me they produce thick flowering stems that can break in strong winds....and sturdier poles for tall dahlias. However, most of my plants do not require staking and often there are choices about varieties to grow....I.e. shorter stockier versions instead of their taller cousins
02/03/2013 at 14:48

Will try that.


Thanks for the help


02/03/2013 at 14:54

I like to use twiggy lengths of hazel if I can get them. They show at first but then get swallowed up by the developing plant and they are twiggy enough to provide good support.

02/03/2013 at 17:38
If you explore the "How To" section of this site, there are loads of sections on staking and supporting plants, as well as info on how to make your own. Supports, that is, not plants!
02/03/2013 at 18:01

Pruings - you can use them wrong way up if they are things like quickthorn which will otherwise root instead of the plants you want.  ( Which is why I have several quickthorns in my front hedge rather than whatever I planted there several years ago -  but they are great so it doesn't matter - but it might if you are growing some nice perrennials or annuals later on.) Have just trimmed some prunings from the crab apple tree and a huge fuchsia - they will make good plant supports with raffia for tying in.  

02/03/2013 at 19:13

I use the sticks from dogwood to support plants ,they are bendable and they do take root,also use any sticks from cutting back as well as a few cheap canes.

03/03/2013 at 17:13

Last year Monty Don was advocating what I do, which is to buy lengths of 6mm mild steel bar and bend it to shape, a bit like these green plastic coated things you get from the GC where the plant is supported by a half-circle at whatever height you want to suit the plant. The difference is the steel is a mellow colour that surface-rusts towards dull brown, it's less than half the price of the plastic ones and you can make one in about 15 seconds.

03/03/2013 at 17:39
Joe, that's what I do. Discreet, sharp points....and cheap. I also use them to hold my cloche sheets.
22/02/2016 at 16:02

There are adverts in BBC Gardeners World or try the auction sites like ebay and amazon.

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