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Plant support

In many plant species, especially heavily fruiting plants, support mechanisms are needed to prevent the stem from breaking.

Stem support can be achieved using the following methods:

1. Netting:  Wide mesh netting stretched across the growing area acts as a support once the plant grows through it (Fig 13.5a). However, this method will inhibit physical access to the plants where it is done over a large area.

2. String:  String that is hung from a ceiling support and tied to the stem is especially effective for tall plants. The string is simply wound around the stem as the plant grows in height (Fig 13.5b). Use a coarse grade of string to minimize the threat of it cutting into the stem.

3. Stakes:  Rigid stakes can be used where plants are grown in pots. To avoid damaging the roots, position the stakes prior to planting.

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