Here’s an easy way to tie up plants in your yard and garden.
A few days ago I was walking through the hardware store when this stuff caught my eye. It’s called Soft Wire Tire and basically it’s rubber coated wire. You can use it to tie up your plants without damaging them because it’s very soft on the outside, and the rubber coating is thick, making the wire tie almost a quarter inch wide. This also helps to protect the plant much better than a thin string or wire.
Here in the nursery we do all kinds things with plants that means we have to tie them up and at the same time not damage the bark or stem of the plant. This Soft Wire Tie would be great for tomatoes since tomatoes are almost all soft tissue and can be damaged or broken easily.
If you’re like me and like Training Beautiful Flowering Shrubs into Single Stem Trees, this stuff is also good for that. It makes the job so much easier!
You know that I am crazy about the Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud Tree. The one that I have in my front yard is spectacular and I have hundreds of them in the nursery that we are training. These are really beautiful and interesting trees, but it takes some effort to teach them how to be a tree. As a matter of fact, I made a movie of the process!
This plant tying wire is called Rapiclip Soft Wire Tire and it’s distributed by Luster Leaf Products, Inc., in Woodstock, Il. I found it at my local True Value Hardware store so I’m hoping that it’s readily available in your area as well.
What I like about this stuff is that it’s soft and pliable, when you bend it it stays put like Gumby. Remember Gumby? The rubber kids toy that you bend into shapes? This stuff is just like that so it stays on the spool and doesn’t get all tangled up in the garage or tool shed, it’s easy to cut with a small pair of wire cuttings or garden shears. Probably not good to cut it with your good pruning shears because the wire will dull the blade, but if you have an old pair that would be perfect.
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