Even the most tidy of plants often requires a little bit of coaxing to attain their perfect shape and health. You don’t have to be a professional gardener with knowledge of espalier and other highly skilled plant forms to require plant ties that stand the test of time and grow with the plant. Twine is a common home gardener tie-up product, but it will rot over time and doesn’t expand as the plant matures. The nylon or plastic ties on the market have similar constraint properties and are not compostable, creating a potential toxic nuisance on the property. Stretch-Tie, on the other hand, is a plant support developed by a professional horticulturist with decades in the field. It was created out of a desire for a more sustainable, enduring and expandable plant tie.
Stretch-Tie is perfect for vines, like hops and grapes, but also for young trees that require a support stake. It is also ideal for houseplants and in the vegetable garden, especially indeterminate tomatoes, and cucumber and squash vines. The product started out as a commercial tie but has evolved to include smaller packaging in amounts suitable for the home gardener.
In response to traditional methods of bracing plants, which fell short in the categories of efficiency and speed of use, Stretch-Tie has been shown to attach 60% faster than other commercial ties. It also has expandable plastic and the interior wire has a metal gap that allows the tie to expand as the plant grows. This prevents girdling of the plant, which disrupts the flow of nutrients and water, and can eventually lead to its demise. Girdling can also cause wounds that invite disease and pest introduction.
The company is part of a revolution of eco-friendly garden products. The plastic in the ties is made with the addition of Eco-Pure, a material that helps degrade the plastic over time. Eco-Pure accelerates the degradation of plastic in the landfill and is also part of the company’s packaging. As a certified agriculturalist, environmentally responsible products are very important to me. We can all do our part by practicing organic growing methods and utilizing products that don’t add to our carbon footprint and/or break down in a safe manner.
Using Stretch-Ties for plant support couldn’t be easier and their manual simplicity is another positive component of the product. If you can make a twisting motion, like with bread ties, then you have the dexterity to use these modern ties in the garden. Attach multiple ties together easily for larger stems or use them singly. The product can even be reused for a period of time. Best of all, it can be ordered online from the manufacturer or even from Amazon and several other retailers.
As gardening season comes to the forefront once again, it’s time not only to think about the seeds and plants you wish to grow, but also about the additional items for your garden – like plant support structures and ties. Stretch-Ties are a speedy, environmentally friendly solution for many fastening needs and will help you build the garden of your dreams.