Staking up is very common for indoor plants. Since they don’t get exposed much to wind and other forces like outdoor plants experience, indoor plants tend to have weak stems, requiring plant enthusiasts to do the staking up.
This entails installing materials to the plants to help the stems support the load of its leaves. There are several practical methods to use for good indoor plants.
Continue reading if you are interested in learning more about the three staking methods for small houseplants.
1. Cage Support
One of the most common methods for staking up indoor plants is cage support. Typically, this method is best to consider if you have multi-stemmed plants, particularly those that are top-heavy with blooms or foliage that cannot support themselves.
In doing this kind of staking, you have several options. You may use a simple wire cage surrounding the plant. You may also form a support system using several stakes with twine strung between them. For both cases, there’s no need, though, to tie the plant to the support itself as the cage can support the weight of the plant.
However, you should ensure that the plant can eventually spread out within the cage.
2. Simple Straight Stake
Another common means of staking plants is the simple straight stake. In contrast with the first method, this is best to use if you have a few top-heavy single-stemmed plants.
In particular, you may consider staking up flowering plants using the simple straight stake method. You may also stake those that have outgrown their stems quickly.
Since a simple straight stake method is typically for single-stemmed plants, it also involves a single stake. Generally, you may use a bamboo rod pushed into the soil and tie the plant to the stake.
If you will tie the plant off, it’s crucial not to tie it too tight because you might damage it. You may use a stretchy tie, though, like nylons or any unique plant tie to prevent any damage.
3. Wire or Shaped Support
Some plants need to get trained to their shape. There are also some plants that are creepers. For instance, jasmine, an indoor plant, grows with long branches that flower profusely. However, this kind of plant cannot support its weight.
Luckily, you may stake jasmine and other similar indoor plants using the wire or shaped support. In particular, you may effortlessly accomplish this type of method using a simple piece of wire. You have to insert both ends into the soil and tie the plant to the wire support loosely as it grows.
The Right Time to Stake a Plant
No matter which method you choose, it won’t work if you fail to hit the right timing. For best results, do it while they are still young and in need of most support. Give your plant the best opportunity to grow, and make sure you research its individual needs for the best type of care.
Plants will show more significant results if you choose the suitable method of staking up. Always ensure that what you use would properly support the plants you have at home.
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