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The vigorous growth of many herbaceous perennials and climbers often needs a helping hand to prevent them flopping onto neighbouring plants or over the edges of lawns and paths. Putting plant supports in place early means they even the most obvious
Follow Joe Swift's step-by-step video demonstration to making your own rustic plant supports for climbers, from bamboo canes.all year roundMore on plant supportsCreating a metal obeliskConstructing a hazel trellisMaking a spiral plant supportSupporting
willow canes through the circle, so that they form a cross shape to support the plants.Stick four bamboo canes into the ground and thread the circle on top, securing it with string, to finish off your support.More garden DIY projectsMake a slate planter
should be able to buy all the ingredients for your plant support from a garden centre or DIY store for less than £10.Galvanised wire1.5m bamboo cane45cm terracotta potWire cuttersCompostIvy plantall year round30 minutesCut a 3m length of wire and bend
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.Once the plants are around 15cm (6in) tall, plant them outside. Push twiggy sticks pruned from shrubs or trees in the soil to support them.Carefully remove the plants from the root trainers or pots, without disturbing their roots. Plant them with the compost
A long, supple woody stem, often used to support young or fragile plants.
The practice of supporting young or fragile plants, by loosely attaching them to canes or stakes driven into the ground.
Aerial roots grow on the stems of plants, such as ivy. These may be used for support or the uptake of air and moisture.
The coiled, cord-like growths (modified stems or leaves) produced by climbing plants, which enable them to attach to supports.