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what needs supporting with canes and garden string? specifically gladioli...

are there certain species that always need support, or does it vary?

Our gladioli are going strong and I'm very excited (new gardener... easily excited!) but they're so tall they're starting to flop, and I don't want the flowering stems to snap. They're going to be tricky to tie up though as they're flat blades, rather than round stems.


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,716

    Single cane, figure of 8 around stem and the cane, tie at cane end. Job done.

    Walk out to winter, swear I'll be there.
    Chill will wake you, high and dry
    You'll wonder why.
  • What's the kindest thing to use to tie in climbers ? I thought garden string like a hessian type? Sorry beginner image
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    What climbers to what support Pam? Hessian string is fine for annual use but doesn't have a long life

  • To tie climbers onto wires which we will be on the garage wall. My OH said string that's more plastic based to last longer but I just thought hessian was kinder ?
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Hessian is kinder but probably wouldn't support the weight of a rose or clematis as the plants get heavier and the string starts rotting. But it would support clematis til it clings on itself. Roses won't do that.

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    I use garden sandwich ties, if you catch my drift image They are green, so 'disappear' into the plant. And they are reusable image

  • Ok thanks for that image
  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    If it's for a more permanent tie and you don't want it to rot or rub Wilko sell a reel of wire covered in rubber which you can just cut with secateurs and form into a figure 8. It's really good and much cheaper than the equivalent product sold elsewhere.  I use it to support a wisteria and also small trees or shrubs.

  • Have seen the stuff in Wilkos Mrs G and thought it looked good so will add it to my shopping list for this weekend !!
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