Plant Clips, Ties, Velcro or Twine | Best ways to secure your plant to trellises
Ever wanted to help your plant grow in a certain way? Or needed a way to secure vining plants to a trellis? Trellis clips, or garden clips, are your answer! They come in various different sizes and are made from heaps of different materials.
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These type of garden clips are most popularly used for plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and flowers. However, plant clips are versatile and drastically help when growing indoor plants. Especially if you use different plant supports or other trellising methods.
Plastic garden clips
Plastic garden clips come in various different colors, shapes and sizes. Plastic plant clips are best because of their quick release feature. To unclip a plant, you'll simply have to open the clip and release the stems. This quick release method saves time, as well. I recommend plastic garden clips for plants that don't need to be tightly secured to the trellis.
Metal twine often comes in a roll that you would have to cut to size. Metal twine isn't really a great option for securing plants because of its difficulty. And the possibility of cutting yourself when handling your plant.
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Plant velcro is another type of plant clip I love and recommend. Plant velcro comes in a roll that you need to cut to size. And it's really easy to wrap around the stems of a plant and secure it to your plant supports. It's perfect for reusing on other plants as well. And it's gentle on plants so you don't have to worry about damaging the stems.
Plant velcro holding plant on trellis by Treleaf
Fabric twine is similar to plant velcro. It comes in different types of fabric and can be found in art supply stores. It'll need to be cut to size and tied to its trellis. When you're done with fabric twine, you'll need to cut it off a trellis, making it not the best option for reuse but still gets the job done!
Rubber bands are a great option for getting a plant to lay right up against the trellis. This is a great option for climbing plants since the node needs to be close to a trellis in order to attach.
Rhaphidophora hayi with rubber bands on Zella trellis
Read here to see What is a trellis.
Why use trellis clips?
Helps maximize space. Using trellis clips and plant supports can help control the growth pattern of a plant. It's a great way of training a plant to grow more streamline and not take up a lot of space. This helps a lot when you have a lot of plants or a smaller space.
Helps plants reach maturity. When certain houseplants are given the chance to grow up and climb a trellis, they can easily start giving bigger, more mature growth.
Trellis clips can be reused for all sorts of plants. This doesn't apply for all the plant ties we mentioned, but most can be reused for multiple different plants and multiple different supports. Helps save money and reduce waste.
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