How to Avoid Staking Plants

flower bed w/o stakingWithout a doubt, staking is one of the worst parts of gardening. That’s not only because it takes up a lot of your time, but it also makes your garden look really unappealing. After all, who wants the color and texture of their plants to be disrupted by unsightly stakes? Do not worry, though. There are other options besides stakes for keeping your plants from slouching. Read below to learn what you need to do to avoid staking altogether:

For starters, if you don’t want to deal with stakes, make sure that your soil is well-drained and full of organic matter. If your soil lacks that, you are going to be looking at trouble. Typically, perennials don’t grow well in clay soil because it holds too much water and it’s also too hard for the plant’s roots to penetrate. This, in turn, causes the roots to rot. Sandy soil also has this same effect on perennials, but that is because the soil itself doesn’t give enough nutrients to the perennials. Whenever a plant is being harvested in poor quality soil, this causes stress on the plant. When there is stress, the plant can’t support itself, causing it to need stakes to grow. Therefore, if you grow your plant in ideal soil, you won’t need to rely on stakes.

Besides the soil that’s being used, over-planting is known to cause plants to need stakes to stay upright and perform. If you plant perennials too close to one another, they will end up competing with each other for light, room to grow and air. The best way to combat this issue is by knowing exactly what your plants’ mature size is when you’re first planting them and then spacing accordingly.

Other than this, the amount of light the perennials receive plays a part in whether or not plants needs stakes. If your plant requires a lot of sun, place it somewhere where it will soak in plenty of UV rays. However, if it needs shade, leave it far out of the sun’s reach. Plants that need sun but are left in the shade will only end up becoming elongated and weak. To figure out what kind of conditions your perennials require to grow, take a look at the plant’s tags or look for information in reference books.


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