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To Stake or to Cage, that is the question.


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#1 Justosmo

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 07:31 PM

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to Stake or to Cage your pepper plants.

I'm a stake guy but cages seem so much less upkeep. Cages Pros? Cons?

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 07:50 PM

If I top them I cage them and stake them if I don't.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 09:36 PM

Stake. That way if the plant needs nothing, no harm - no foul.. If it does, add as necessary.
 

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:57 AM

Depends on growing habit. 

 

And cages can make it hard to pick fruit.

 

Tall plants I'd stake.

 

And like North-East said (#3), if you put in a stake and then don't use it, no problem. But if you don't put in a stake and you should've, then you'll kick yourself.

 

Same kinda goes with cages, but if you don't need it, then it can be annoying picking fruit, like I said.

 

All in all, depends on growth. Good Luck!


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:32 AM

I cage over staking. That way, all the branches have support if they get heavy too, vs. just the stem.
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:47 AM

I might cage my lemon drops and Aji Citos this year. The lemon drops get "viney" and they are somewhat of a pain to stake and tie.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:51 AM

I find if I cage when we get bad storms I suffer more damage, it all depends on your environmental factors. I swear I live in a wind tunnel and June is ruthless on our plants. 


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:28 PM

What about the Florida weave? Its pretty popular on tomato gardens (I'm using it for my tomatos this year) and I've seen it on a pepper farm once.

 

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 02:33 AM

This seems to have a lot more to do with the type of plant. If you are growing little peppers, you probably don't need any support at all. If bells, New Mexico, etc., yeah, one or the other will likely benefit you. BUT.. 

 

Stake at seeding, or not at all. Cages are great because you can add them at any time as a second thought. In areas with lots of wind, the cage is definitely going to be preferred.


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 02:13 PM

Just got my tomatoes hooked up today.  You cn see some of my other babes too.

 

 

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 07:33 PM

Good discussion!

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 09:13 AM

 

 

Stake at seeding, or not at all.

 

 

Why do you say this? Putting a stake or two into a pot full of roots isn't going to damage anything as long as your stakes are normal size and there's only a few.



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Posted 25 May 2017 - 11:55 AM

I cage over staking. That way, all the branches have support if they get heavy too, vs. just the stem.

 

+1. I mostly cage, but really, it's to make use of tomato cages that never worked on tomatoes. For taller pepper plants, I will use stakes, but for plants that get bushy, the plants can easily get wonky with all the fruit and cages prop them up nicely.
 






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