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Plant supports for Indoor & Hydroponics

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Whether your garden is indoor or outdoor, you will undoubtedly come across the usage of plant supports. Outside gardens tend to be easier to aid and assist your plants with plant support. Whether it is a stake in the ground or a wall trellis, the luxury of being outside is that you have fewer restrictions with the whole plant support problem. Whereas within the hydroponic growing world, gardeners tend to face far more many restrictions, including height, manoeuvrability and safety for you and your plants.
Undoubtedly indoor hydroponic growers tend to have to deal with their plants heavy fruits and flowers. Dealing with the plants means helping them support themselves so the plants don’t damage by snapping or breaking vital stems and branches due to the excessive weight. The best plant support will be simply based on what your growing room or tent is like. So here is a top ten of plant supports commonly used in indoor grow rooms and tents today.

1. Bamboo cane: Bamboo canes have undoubtedly been used for centuries across many gardens all over the world. But for indoor gardening, it is not the best of choices, as it is made from natural bamboo and this can be a harbouring place for all kinds of pests and pathogens that can lay dormant within the bamboo cane itself. We currently have a range of bamboo cane for purchase in store in our London grow shop.

You can simply use one cane per plant or construct a even sturdier support with a few more like in the picture.

2. Conical trellis/tomato cage: These plant supports are excellent for manipulating your desired plants growth pattern. Especially if you grow plants with plenty of foliage, as with these supports you will be able to allow much needed light to reach down into the centre of your plant with a few minor adjustments you can allow you’re light to reach the centre of your plant. Also these are reusable and are metal but coated with a non toxic plastic, so simply wipe them down and use again. Extremely useful for heavy fruit producing plants like tomato's.

These should be used at the early growth stage so that you allow your plant to grow into its support.

3. Chicken wire DIY trellis is alternative to the trellis cage, a little less in cost but can be quite a task to assemble correctly. The advantage is that you’re not restricted to how you mold or shape your DIY trellis.

Best to start shaping your trellis then transplant the plant and then your pot is ready for your trellis.

4. Plastic trellis netting is a great means of support if your plants need support especially in the higher and tallest area. Notably useful for heavy fruit bearing plants and is for more than one plant. This can be a little pain staking to set up into an indoor grow room but is well worth the effort. The most common way to use this would be to fasten one end to a wall horizontally and then cover your plants, leaving enough space for the tops of your plants to grow into the netting for support. 

Easiest way to get your netting up is probably with a builder’s staple gun.

5. Polyester/string trellis netting is literally the same as the plastic netting but obviously made from polyester. Growers who do not need to cut down their trellis at harvest tend to go for this type as it is stronger as opposed to the plastic netting.

This horizontal trellis technique is commonly used for both indoor and outdoor gardeners.

6. Tent stretch net has been specifically designed for indoor tent growers. This handy bit of apparatus is very simple to fasten to tent frames. Designed for use with tents of one square metre and up to 1.2 sq metres. This is also reusable and many tent gardeners are opting for this trellis design.

You can always adjust the height of this stretch net trellis if your growth calculations were not correct.

7. Yoyo’s have been available for a while now and are excellent in helping support those extra heavy fruit yielding plants. Probably best used in a indoor grow tent as the metal frame of the tent will assist you in the hanging up of the yoyo. Once fastened pull down the hook and attach it around the heavy stem and gently let go. The Yoyo’s pulley mechanism will gently lift the branch that is hooked to be raised higher and not allowing it to droop.

   

Try not to use too many Yoyo’s as you may find yourself in a yoyo net which can be a task to take down if you would like to reuse these handy items.

8. Bendz are designed for training and supporting your plants branches. This is simply done by slotting the branch into the Bendz and it will help the plant to gently allow the branch to grow in the desired direction.

The earlier you get these in to start working, the better.
9. Grow through rings are another form of support trellis that allows you to have the versatility to change or adjust the support height. Also it can be added to a tomato cage or conical trellis at the top of it and fastened on with some zip ties.

These hoops are excellent for all sizes of growth for all plants indoors and out plant support.

10. Hoop trellis is a simple trellis to put into any pot. These hoop trellis’s come in all different sizes and should be bought according to the size of plant you are growing.

As seen in illustration it is very important you know the height of where on your plant the support will be needed.

So depending on what kind of plants and how high they grow, what fruits they bear, these will all be major deciding factors when choosing the right plant support for you. Only through trial and personal preference will ultimately help in the decision too. Most indoor growers tend to use a combination of plant supports.

So come along down to our shop in Edgware HA8 5EF where we would be happy to give further advice and tips or go to www.gogrowhydroponics.co.uk