Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

Posted by gardengal13 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 24, 14 at 6:44

I am going to be staking up my tomatoes and putting a few plants on a trellis. I was curious if anyone here has used the soft pipe cleaners, the soft ones for arts and crafts, to attach the plants to stakes and trellises. I found plant clips online but some complaints are that they break easy and aren't wide enough. I have left over zip ties but I am afraid the plastic will cut into the plants. Wondering what people's experiences were with pipe cleaners if used. Thanks


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

I wouldn't use pipe cleaners either because they do have wire running down the middle of them. The problem is that the branches and main stem will increase in diameter over the course of the season and anything without some give in it may cut into the plant.

I buy a cheap 3pack of pantyhose and cut circle strips from it and use those to tie any plants in the garden. I love the way they work. Plenty of give to them if you don't tie them too loose or too tight, you're all set. I also like the dark colors that you can barely see once they are on there.


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

Thanks! I was wondering if there were any downsides to pipe cleaners. I will have to try pantyhose.


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

I rip some old knitted shirts (prefer green color) and tie with them. That is better than throwing them away.


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

I use old knit fabrics as well. Right now, all of my tomato ties are a bright red cotton stretch fabric. Some are pieces of red elastic waistbands as well.

I don't mind the color at all. My stakes aren't trying to be invisible.


I've made the mistake once of leaving the bread bag twisty ties on a nursery plant that was staked with a short bamboo when I bought it. A month and a half later, the ties had sliced halfway through the growing stem. Oops.


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

Pantyhose are the best. been using them for years

Absotively fool proof.

elliot


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

Thanks, everyone! I have some old clothing scraps that I could use too. I never thought about making them into strips. I will check out hose and see if any are cheap. Maybe the dollar store. They always have stuff.


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

A roll of garden twine goes a long way.


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

I use Velcro plant ties because they are the easiest and are reusable. I think you can get them anywhere. I use pipe cleaners to clean parts of my hummingbird feeders, and I also use them to clean the hole in my pressure cooker.

Lars


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

Thanks! I thought about twine too. Never heard of velcro. That is cool! They have some great reviews on Amazon. What do you all do for cradling the fruit? I have heard of nylon. Any preferred methods? Everyone here is so helpful and creative :).


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

I use the velcro too, or just the green plastic garden tape made for plant staking. They come in rolls in the garden section of the big box stores. That velcro comes in handy on a lot of things. I use it every year to attach my Christmas lights to a couple sections of my house. I also use it to keep rolls of chicken wire closed, or the bird netting that I reuse every year. Like publickman said, it's reusable, so a roll can last a long time.


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

What's great about using nylon pantyhose is that however small a piece you cut, it will still have its elasticity preventing any damage to the stems or branches. And a couple of pairs go a long way,


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

I ordered some of that velcro. Has excellent reviews. I am going to use nylons and shirts for slings for the developing fruit. Thanks again everyone and happy gardening :)!


 o
RE: Anyone ever use soft pipe cleaners for plant ties?

I like the velcro. The quality is not so great but you end up getting more lenght for your money than regular velcro. TomatoGrowerSupply had a better quality that lasted for years and eventually broke down...but no longer have it. The thinner stuff looses its grip pretty quickly so you will want longer lengths so it overlaps more.
The nice thing, once you find a standard size like 8-10 inches, you can pre-cut an extra dozen or so and attach them to your support system so they are handy right next to your plants. And as your plants grow, you can easily move them to other locations on the plant.

I also use the green stretchy non-sticky tape. I like the extra support when the toms get so big. Panty hose works great...but i would have to get white and dye it green like someone posted...looks too much like an underwear drawer.
I always think that an absorbent fabric like t-shirt strips might stay too wet in my damp climate...


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here