Saturday, August 24, 2013

Provide support for top-heavy flowering plants

Blooms on late-summer flowering plants can become top heavy and their stems may not be able to support them. Dahlias, sedums, cannas and rudbeckia are just a few of the plants whose flowers may flop over. Michigan State University Extension suggests using inexpensive supports such as plant stakes and garden fencing to help eliminate floppy flowers.

Most annuals and perennials will stand up on their own. Over fertilization or lower light levels can cause plant stems to stretch. Plants that have been pinched regularly don't usually need staking because of increased branching.
Individual stems or top-heavy flowers can be supported with
a single stake and twine.
Photo by Rebecca Finneran, Michigan State University Extension  


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