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Sep 20, 2017 10:52 AM CST
|Many plants need to be staked. Dahlias come to mind. I always put in a stake and then plant the dahlia tuber. As the dahlia grows, I tie it to the stake ( I do this with my tomatoes as well ).
The usual way to do this is with twine, rope, etc. BORING!
I have found that 1100 aluminum wire works really well. It can be bent by hand and it maintains that shape. I usually use 8 or 9 gauge wire and cut them to about 12 inches long. And, you can reuse the wire for years.
Here is a dahlia staked and tied...
After use, I usually hang the wire ties on the fence for use next year...
Aluminum wire is really useful in the garden. I also use it to repair plant cages...
I have tried several gauges of this wire. The last one I bought was a 9 gauge.
Sep 20, 2017 6:21 PM CST
|What a great and cost-effective idea. Love it. I've been using those velcro strips which are great, but the wire is a lot more pliable and looks like it can be left outside no matter what the weather. I think the greatest difference is that sometimes, the velcro gets buggy or super dirty or might even carry spores of powdery mildew. I'm guessing that the wire wouldn't.
Thanks for sharing this idea!
Sep 28, 2017 8:34 PM CST
|Staking - always a struggle. I try to not plant anything that thinks it needs to be staked, but as you've noted, some plants win that argument. Great idea Frank, for those ornery plants!
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