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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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