I want to spread the word about a wonderful product. It was discovered while wandering through the local Lowe's or Home Depot. I don't remember which, but they both carry it.
It is Velcro! For plants!!
Velcro brand Plant Ties, to be precise.
If you have ever tried to tie plants to a trellis or cage, you know that there are many inexpensive and semi-frustrating options. These include wire, twine, and the like.
The Velcro version offers three key benefits:
- It is flat and wide like a piece of tape. This makes it much gentler on the plants and less likely to cut into the stems than wire or twine.
- It is fast. Very fast. There are no knots to tie, or wire to twist. Just cut and wrap.
- It is reusable. It can be easily removed without cutting.
To gain these benefits, there is a minor downside. It does cost a bit more than the alternatives at just under $4.00 for a 45 foot roll.
A word of caution: beware buying this online. Some places are charging close to $20 for the same thing.
Here you can see it in use. In the first picture, is it supporting a tomato plant. The second shows it supporting a branch on a plumeria.