How to Stake Plants for Support

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Craig Morell

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On behalf of Expert Village, my name is Craig Morrell. I'm with Landscape Restorations in Miami, Florida. We're here at Palm Hammock Orchid Estate and we're talking about planting, and fertilizing. The title of this clip is staking trees while they're being established. The idea is that you want to keep the plant secure until it can form a strong enough root system to stand by itself, and here's a good example. This happens to be a jasmine bush that has been pruned up into a tree standard form. This is a tree that really shouldn't be a tree. It's actually a tree pruned to be a tree. So we've added a stake here, and this happens to be ¾ inch metallic conduit pipe drive about 3 feet into the ground, so it makes it good solid stake. You can use bamboo, you can use hard wood stakes if you wish to, but my own favorite is either metal staking or stout bamboo. We've driven this one in to make a good strong spine for this plant until it sets it's own root system. I recommend that the first year you have the trees and plants staked, especially for larger trees. For larger trees, it might even be more like 18 months. For really big ones, use 3 ground stakes.