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A Quick Tip -- Staking Your Plants

By plantladylin
July 11, 2012

Old panty hose: Cut in thin strips and use for tying vines and tall plants to stakes, they are gentle on the plant tissue and hold up for a long time.

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crittergarden
Jul 11, 2012 12:33 AM CST
I gave up pantyhose in the 80s.
Thoughts of scavinging for old panty hose disturb me.
Guess I could spring for new ones.
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plantladylin
Jul 11, 2012 9:15 AM CST
I haven't worn pantyhose in years either. Nowadays I buy the cheapest knee high's I can find for cutting into strips to use for plant ties.
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Trish
Jul 11, 2012 12:05 PM CST

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I had to dig wayyyyy back in my dresser to find hose for this photo! Rolling on the floor laughing
They really do work well, and since I'm currently using cattle panels for more tomatoes (instead of the usual cages), I predict I'll need more hose next year. I'm hoping the Dollar Store will have some, because I'm also not keen on spending $$$$ on them!
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plantladylin
Jul 11, 2012 1:13 PM CST
Trish: I didn't even think about the dollar store and we have lots of them around here ... the original Dollar Store, Dollar General, Family Dollar. I wonder if they'd look at me funny if I asked for a couple dozen pairs of knee hi's, saying that I needed them for my plants? Rolling on the floor laughing
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RickCorey
Jul 11, 2012 2:03 PM CST
I fall back on the white plastic bags from supermarkets. I fold & bunch one up so I can cut a circular band with just 1-2 scissor cuts. Each bag yields 4-6 circles, a few inches wide.

Usually I loop the white circle around a stem so it is supported by two thicknesses, and two loops stick out. I tie one string through the two loops, and tie that string to some support.

One lady had a fancy scheme that eliminated the string: she could wind the loops through mesh, then "pin" them with a short length of stick. Takes too much cordination for me!

They always look at me funny, in Fred Meyer, when I search for triple-extra-large knee-high nylons, but they make it much easier to pull on heavy-duty thrombosis compression stockings. I always imagine that they think I'm just pretnding to shop, but actually ogling the models on the packages.
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fiwit
Jul 12, 2012 7:44 AM CST
I'm like Critter -- haven't worn any type of hose in a million years or so. A couple years ago, when I needed some for staking, I contacted a friend who DOES still wear them, and got a couple old pair from her. Hilarious!
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Jul 12, 2012 1:38 PM CST
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Chillybean
Aug 11, 2015 4:37 PM CST
I like these random ideas that pop up on the home page. Smiling Panty hose, I sure do not remember the last time I had any. But I have heaps of socks (many of them long) with holes in them that I am trying to find creative ways to use. Do you think these could work?
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fiwit
Aug 11, 2015 4:56 PM CST
Chillybean said:I like these random ideas that pop up on the home page. Smiling Panty hose, I sure do not remember the last time I had any. But I have heaps of socks (many of them long) with holes in them that I am trying to find creative ways to use. Do you think these could work?


Don't see why not...the trick is flexible. As long as those old socks have some give in them, it's worth trying Thumbs up
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Trish
Aug 11, 2015 5:00 PM CST

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I agree

The nice thing about pany hose is that they are "nude", and don't show very much. I'm all about using what you have, though!!

Just in case- the dollar stores have hose, and you might as well buy the largest size to get the most for your $ Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Aug 11, 2015 5:00 PM CST
Kim, I'm sure socks would work fine and would be gentle on plant tissue too ... just cut em into strips of different lengths and voila!
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plantladylin
Aug 11, 2015 5:02 PM CST
Trish said: I agree The dollar stores have hose, and you might as well buy the largest size to get the most for your $ :

Yes indeed, that's where I buy them ... either panty hose or knee highs but with panty hose you will get even more for your money ... more material from each leg to make more plant ties!

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crittergarden
Aug 11, 2015 5:07 PM CST
I actually got 3 pair unopened for pennies at the flea market.
Hurray!

This post THREE years old! Hilarious!

It IS cool when the randomness brings back the past for a bit.
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plantladylin
Aug 11, 2015 5:22 PM CST
@Crittergarden, yes this idea originally appeared in 2012 but I think random tips pop up over on the left side of the home page just like random articles, random plant, random multiple plant etc.
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crittergarden
Aug 12, 2015 5:04 AM CST
Yes, I LIKE that!
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