The Q&A Archives: Staking

Question: I have three balloon flowering plants

Answer: Balloon flowers can be staked if they flop over. Try using garden stakes made from bamboo or metal covered with green plastic or a 4-6 inch wide band of chicken wire wrapped around the plant to help them stand up. The chicken wire gets hidden by the foliage and helps keep the whole plant upright. It would be best to wait until after flowering to move your balloon flowers, but if you have to, go ahead and move them now. Be sure to give them lots of water and mulch, cut off the flowers and pray forcool, damp weather. They can be moved back to their original location early next spring.

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