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When your plants need a support system.

Keeping plants upright is easier than it used to be. New bedding plants are often shorter, sturdier, and self-supporting. Also, new support systems do the job more easily and more attractively-often with no need for tying stems.

The supports shown here help plants stay upright with minimal fuss, particularly if you want long stems for bouquets, or if your favorites include such notorious totterers as old-fashioned kinds of alstroemeria, chrysanthemums, delphiniums, gerberas, or gypsophila.

For best results, install supports at planting time, or soon after. Except for the expandable stakes, none needs additional tying; just tuck stray stems inside the support system as they grow. Dark green versions tend to cost a bit more but blend into foliage better.

Metal grids and twigs distribute the plant's weight more evenly and are less likely to crush stems. Systems that encircle the plant, such as linking stakes, can be put in even after the plant has fallen over, To enclose stems with minimal crushing, arrange links in small triangles or in a series of squares.

Most mail-order catalogs offer stakes and other support systems. Circular grids and expandable stakes are available from Gardener's Eden, Box 7307, San Francisco, Calif. 94120; others at top are sold by Smith & Hawken, 25 Corte Madera, Mill Valle Calif. 94941. Catalogs are free.
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