Gladiolus grow through support grids

runswithscissors(MT 4/5)May 15, 2011

Looking for ideas. I've wracked my brains and tried different approaches, but still haven't solved the problem. As a family tradition one row of the garden is ALWAYS reserved for glads. (yes, soldiers in a row!) My row is usually 3 feet wide and 20 feet father's is way longer. The trouble is, the heavy blooms flop even though they are planted close together and sort of support one another. (Dad lets his flop and I hate that look.) What I need is some sort of support system for the whole row. It has to be moveable to aid digging and can't look tooo awful, it has to be strong enough to hold the it has to be stored for winter in a practical way somehow or be weather proof. Store bought plant hoops and supports are just way too expensive and they are always round. I tried a "bed frame" idea: make several legs and staple fencing on the tops...was too ugly and un-storeable and didn't even work good. I tried the twine idea: Many stakes all along and and twine back and forth, back and forth all down the row...twine stretched and sagged and finally line cut the leaves...flagging was too ugly and also stretched. I just don't know, do you???

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I buy a kind of hardware cloth(welded wire with openings of 2x4 inches) I use for my composting bins. Mine is four feet wide but I am sure it is available in narrower widths. I make stakes out of 1/2 inch EMT conduit which comes in 10 foot lengths which I cut in half. I think you could make your own appropriately size grid, and put it away for the winter. Al

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