Some garden stakes plants are strong enough to withstand the elements, while other plants may need support. Sometimes plants can move too much in wind and/or are too heavy for the ground to support. Staking plants serves the main purpose of providing support, regardless of whether they are vegetables or flowers. To be able to correctly stake a plant, you need to know its growth rate and what kind of weather conditions they might encounter.
Determine the amount of stakes you will need. You may need to re-stake plants that are rapidly growing. You should consider how big the plant will grow in a year and stake accordingly. The stake should be approximately 12 inches (30.5cm) taller than the plant. You may also be able to use one to two stakes if the plant is not exposed to strong winds. You should have at least three stakes for gustier winds.
Wooden stakes should not be treated if they are made of wood. The soil may be affected by chemicals leaked from paints or stains on wood.
Reusable garden stakes can be used for years and are easy to store in the winter. These stakes are ideal for vegetable plants. They can be made in L-shaped shapes and hooked together to create any size you want.
Use a mallet or hammer to strike the stake approximately 2 to 3 inches away from the stem of the plant. To provide additional support for the plant, place the stake at an angle.
Secure the stake to your plant using non-wired plant ties or nylon stockings. To allow the plant to move freely without scratching the stem, you should use a figure-8 loop. The same technique can be used for multiple stakes.
4.Check your plants frequently and add additional ties as the plans change. The ties should be placed 6-8 inches apart (15.2- 20.3 cm). Secure the tie to the stake, not the plant. To provide additional support, all branches can be collected at one garden stake near the center of the plant.
Tips of Garden Stakes
When you strike the stake into the ground, be sure to avoid hitting the roots. You could injure, or even kill, the plant if you strike the roots.
Although it may seem like a lot of work to tie off plants, it is essential if you want your plants to thrive. The ties can cause the plants to become brittle, muddy, snap off, and eventually die.
Plant supports can be set up in spring, when perennial plants are just starting to grow. You can also add garden stakes to plants that are perennials or vegetables.