The Q&A Archives: Protecting plants from wind and rain damage.

Question: We always have a problem with wind and rain knocking down our tall plants, especially dalias, hollyhocks and zinnias. I try to support them with bamboo poles, etc. but sometimes this is worse than no support at all because the plants will break at a point where they are tied to the poles. Also, the whole mass sometimes gets pushed over and breaks off the poles at the ground. Once the plants go down, they are never the same after being propped back up again. If we don't stake them at all, they just run along the ground and look awful. Any suggestions?


Answer: Instead of using bamboo poles, how about trying the metal cages manufactured for tomato plants or the single metal stakes with a hoop at the top made especially for top heavy perennials. They cost a bit more than bamboo stakes, but they're much more efficient. Best wishes with your garden!

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