plant species, especially heavily fruiting plants, support mechanisms are
needed to prevent the stem from breaking.
Stem support can be achieved using the following methods:
1. Netting: Wide mesh netting stretched across the growing area
acts as a support once the plant grows through it (Fig 13.5a).
this method will inhibit physical access to the plants where it is done over
a large area.
2. String: String that is hung from a ceiling support and tied to
the stem is especially effective for tall plants. The string is simply wound
around the stem as the plant grows in height (Fig 13.5b). Use a coarse grade
of string to minimize the threat of it cutting into the stem.
3. Stakes: Rigid stakes can be used where plants are grown in
pots. To avoid damaging the roots, position the stakes prior to planting.