How to Plant & Fertilize Your Garden : How to Stake Plants for Support

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.

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