How to Stake Plants

A well-tended and manicured garden can add immeasurable beauty to your home. Not only does it enhance curb appeal, but a vegetable garden can yield healthy and inexpensive meals all season long. Berries, beans, tomatoes and herbs are just a few of the fresh foods you can grow in your backyard.
However, some veggies and flowers require a bit more care than others. Grapes, beans, roses, hibiscus, Rose of Sharon and others may need to be staked to help them grow to their full potential.
As a rule of thumb, plants that grow taller than two feet should be staked to help support proper growth and prevent breakage. There are several ways to stake a plant though, depending on whether you are working with a single plant, or multiple plants.


Single Plants

Tomato Cages
These cone-shaped stakes aren't just for tomatoes; in fact, they can be used for many different vegetables and plants - beans, peppers and even cucumbers. Simply place the cone over the plant or seed, with the plant centered, to encourage growth inside the cone for full support. It's also important to make sure the cage is firmly secured in the ground to prevent it from tipping over during growth.
Single Stakes
These work well for thin-stemmed plants like beans. Place the stake in the ground, along the stem of the plant, being sure that the stake isn't taller than the plant. Use twine or string to tie the stake to the plant, about two-thirds to the top.


Multiple Plants

Collapsible plant rings made of metal are ideal for staking multiple plants at once - like beans, peonies, squash and cucumbers. To follow this staking method, stick the 'feet' into the ground and guide the plants through the ring to give them the support they need. 
If you're new to gardening, start small and increase your garden each year with a mix of perennials and annuals. In just a few year's time, you'll have a garden that will turn your neighbors green with envy.