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KNOW USES, TIPS AND CARE OF STAKES FOR PLANTS TO BOOST YOUR YIELD PRODUCTION

Stakes for plants have been replaced by modern and easier supporting methods

It is known that stakes for plants are essential when to obtain the best possible yields results is about. Creeping plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers and beans grow spreading horizontally on the ground, which complicates harvesting, fumigation and other labor tasks. Staking makes possible for plants to grow vertically and increases the possibilities of obtaining a good quality product in half the time. Stakes for plants keeps fruits and vegetables off the ground, where they can contract multiple infections and plagues that use to be lodged in the soil. It also helps to pick crops easier and faster in comparison to non-staked plants; the quality, shape and color of crops will also be better if you take the necessary care that these methods require.

There are several types of stakes for plants, but the most common method uses plastic or wood posts to tutor plants with nets as they grow. In the case of wood stakes, it is important these are untreated; that is to say, they cannot be painted because the chemicals can leak into the soil, affecting the development of the plant.  This particular method is the oldest, and takes a considerable labor effort. It is important to take into account that stakes must be 12 inches (30.5 cm) higher than the plant itself, and also that it needs to be nailed at least a foot in the ground to provide the needed support. If winds are too strong in the zone, it is necessary to use at least three stakes to prevent the plant from becoming disfigured or the stakes to fall; if that is not the case, one or two stakes will be enough. Stakes should not be nailed too close to the plant’s stem, at least two or three inches (5.1 or 7.6 cm) of distance is needed to avoid harming the roots and to corrupt the growth of the stem. When using stakes for plants it is needed to tie the main stem to the stake every few months; raffia twine is frequently used for this because it is strong but biodegradable at the same time. Incredibly, in most cases, this is the reason why infections spread so easily in plants. Agricultural raffia becomes a plant pathogen by harboring fungi and bacteria that are difficult to eradicate. Additionally, constant manipulation required for keeping the plant attached to the stake stresses it, raising the probabilities of contracting diseases.

All these care can be omitted when using more efficient and modern stakes for plants materials, such as plastic trellises. Trellises have started to be more used recently amongst agronomists due to the fact that they are really easier to install and speeds up the whole process. It does not need so much labor work since once installed cares are minimal. A single mesh can be stretched along a row and work as a support for several plants and, as they grow, new stems will stand on the trellis holes, which implies less manipulation and less use of material, lowering costs and infections contractions.

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