Every individual has his or her own techniques in growing plants. Many opt a wide backyard to give their plants the natural environment they need in order to grow. Some use fertilizers, while some believes in the efficiency of using grow tents for indoor plant growing. The choice of technique depends on the circumstances and lifestyle the plant grower is in.
Today, we’ll discuss on one not-so-common technique of growing plants. For those who are growing plants outdoor, the use of plant supports is known to them. Plants that grow through plant supports have stable upward growth, unlike those that bend down and end up looking withered. This technique is still crossing its way to worldwide usage, but in the United Kingdom, plant supports have been widely used.
The following are guidelines in using plant supports:
First, plant supports come in different sizes: small to standard, medium to large. If the plant support is small or rather short, allow 8 to 10 cm of the legs into the soil. For medium length, allow 10 to 14 cm. Make sure that you stake the legs firmly on the ground.
Second, consult a florist or a professional gardener regarding the type or size of plant support you need for a particular type of plant. Plants also different in sizes when full-grown and natural make up. You need to be familiarized with the expected outcome of each plant for you to know whether you need a long or short pant support.
Aside from sizes, plants supports come in different styles as well. Some have cane support rings, three-legged cone support, cone obelisk support, and some has nets as well. Another fact about plant supports is, they are garden tools turn garden accessories. Through the different designs of plant supports—some rounded, some triangular in shape—they add ambiance to the garden. Perhaps you’ve seen in many movie or television series a type of plant support for hanging shrubs. It is an arc-shaped plant support that is also used as a welcoming stand on the entrance of a garden. You’ll see the shrubs hanging loose or some beautifully intertwined on the panels.
Typically, plant supports are made of solid steel and covered with sturdy green-colored epoxy powder coating. They are coated as such to allow blending with the foliage. In most instances, as the plant grows, the foliage tends to conceal the plant support.
Wise tip: Before you head to the garden shop to purchase a plant support, check on various webpages about the different kinds of plant supports and what type of plant support suits a particular type of plant. This will save you time, effort, and disappointment.