Gardening Ideas forum: Plant Supports

Views: 198, Replies: 8 » Jump to the end
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Sep 29, 2017 7:36 AM CST
I have found that the 54" tomato cages from Lowes make excellent plant supports. I cut them in half and end up with 2 supports, one large and one small. The larger ones are just right for peonies and baptisia.


Thumb of 2017-09-29/frankrichards16/0219fe

Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the first seed swap Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Greenhouse Birds
Image
Weedwhacker
Sep 29, 2017 7:39 AM CST
Good idea, Frank -- the large top part would be good for tall sedums that tend to flop over!

I'm thinking you would need a "bolt cutter" to cut them apart?
"Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained."
- John Powell / Cubits.org - A Universe of Communities
/ Share your recipes: Favorite Recipes A-Z cubit
C/F temp conversion / NGA Member Map
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover
Image
frostweed
Sep 29, 2017 12:06 PM CST
Very good idea, and those long wires make staking unnecessary Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Georgia Plant Identifier Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers
Critters Allowed Composter Rabbit Keeper Herbs Region: United States of America Dog Lover
Image
greene
Sep 29, 2017 1:09 PM CST
Wow, who'd a thunk it???
Buying these at end-of-season prices, cutting them in half with the handy bolt cutters (purchased at a yard sale for only $1!!) is better than a 2-for-one sale any day.

Thanks for the tip. Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Sep 29, 2017 4:24 PM CST
@Weedwhacker

Yes, you need a bolt cutter. The one I use is in the photo.

you do need a bolt cutter because these are a larger gauge than the smaller tomato cages.

Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Container Gardener Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Hostas
Tropicals Tomato Heads Houseplants Foliage Fan Sempervivums Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
Frenchy21
Sep 29, 2017 4:29 PM CST
frankrichards16 said:I have found that the 54" tomato cages from Lowes make excellent plant supports. I cut them in half and end up with 2 supports, one large and one small. The larger ones are just right for peonies and baptisia.


Thumb of 2017-09-29/frankrichards16/0219fe



Frank thank you for sharing this info. Didn't realize I needed a bolt cutter. D'Oh! Guess I need to go get one so I can cut up those tomato cages. Smiling
Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
Tropicals Daylilies Bromeliad Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Birds
Garden Photography
Image
florange
Nov 14, 2017 11:17 AM CST
I just planted some broccoli and brussel sprouts. While doing it, I thought about getting some of the short cages meant for veggies. I'll have to look around to see if I have extra tomato cages. Woops. No I won't be cutting them--I have fewer tomato plants in fall/winter than I have in the spring. Gotta stay on my toes or I'd be needed some more cages come spring!
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Container Gardener Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Hostas
Tropicals Tomato Heads Houseplants Foliage Fan Sempervivums Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
Frenchy21
Nov 14, 2017 12:17 PM CST
The smaller part of the trellis can also be used to support tall houseplants. They can be spray painted a dark green to blend with the plant.
Actually @Stush2019 gave me the idea about the tomato trellis for tall Sansevierias.
[Last edited by Frenchy21 - Nov 14, 2017 1:14 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1585992 (8)
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Georgia Plant Identifier Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers
Critters Allowed Composter Rabbit Keeper Herbs Region: United States of America Dog Lover
Image
greene
Nov 14, 2017 12:44 PM CST
I do have bolt cutters which make the job a breeze, but I managed to cut mine with a decent pair of diagonal cutters.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Gardening Ideas forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by joannakat and is called "Two poppies (Icelandic and California)"