Attach a shrub to stakes

Attach a shrub to stakes

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It may happen that you have to attach a climbing shrub, or a shrub that develops long flexible branches, to stakes, in order to give the plant as a whole a more uniform and pleasant course. In general, long wooden stakes or bamboo canes are used, but we can also find plastic stakes on the market. For a medium-sized shrub, even in pots, we will need at least three stakes, if we find them identical it is better, because the aesthetic effect will certainly be better. In addition to the braces we will need iron wire with a diameter of about 4-6 millimeters, and rubberized wire.

Let's observe the shrub and imagine that we contain its base in a fairly narrow circle, about 40 cm in diameter; if the shrub is in a pot, the container will delimit this imaginary space. We sink at least three braces into the ground, inserting them at regular intervals along the circumference of the circle we have imagined; let's not insert them perpendicular to the ground, but obliquely, so that they are positioned along the sides of a large cone. We proceed by fixing the branches closest to the stakes to them, using rubberized wire; we also fix the most flexible and long branches, giving them a spiral course along the imaginary cone delimited by the stakes. If necessary, with thick wire we create additional circles between the braces, starting at about 30-40 cm from the base of the stem. We continue always favoring a spiral course of the branches, so that the plant takes on a cup shape. We try to fix most of the branches to the stakes or to the wire circles, avoiding tightening them excessively with the rubberized wire, to prevent them from being strangled by it, with consequent subsequent drying.

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