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Vinyl Coated Steel Plant Stakes

Vinyl Coated Steel Plant Stakes - 12 gauge wire

Rubber Tips Sold Separately  Color: Green or Brown

Due to several requests we now have the ability to cut these vinyl coated steel plant stakes to any length you require, "in many sizes" is an understatement. We can even put the curls on the ends of the 12 gage wires for better spike support. Just ask for a quote on any size of 10 or 12 gauge in any length or shape you can think up!

The 12 gauge stakes also can make long or short elegant basket hangers. A small hook formed on each end will hold light or heavy baskets, and are super easy to attach. A short "S" hook is added at the top for hanging the basket and small hooks bent on the bottom attach at the holes or wires in the baskets. See below for step by step to make your own curly ended wire stakes.

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30 inches long, thin, 12 gauge wire. Strong, but easily bent or wound, painted stakes with a rubber tip. The rubber tip can save an eye. It's hard to see the tips of the stakes when they are hidden in the flower spikes. I used to bend regular stakes at the end for eye protection, and some manufacturers just paint the tips white, but these with the rubber tips I think are pretty trouble free. Sometime in the future they are bound to get old, but the tips can be replaced. These stakes fit the small Phalaenopsis plant clips perfectly. The stakes can also be wound into a spiral shape. Easily wrapped around a round dowel rod or even a kitchen utensil to make a spiral shape to decoratively support a flower spike!

plant stakesI have these available in two colors. Green or Dark Brown. The green blends with the plant material such as oncidiums, while the browns are made to be the same color as the spikes of phalaenopsis.

  • 12 stakes $ 6.00 ($.50 each) 1 dozen
  • 36 stakes $16.42 ($.46 each) 3 dozen
  • 120 stakes $43.20 ($.36 each) 10 dozen
  • Bulk Price Vinyl Coated Steel Plant Stakes

  • 500 stakes $126.90 (26 each)
  • Rubber Tips For Eye Protection

  • 50 rubber tips $ 4.00 ($.08 each)
  • Bulk Price Rubber Tips
  • 500 rubber tips $20.00 ($.04 each)

 

Vinyl Coated Steel Plant Stakes - 10 gauge wire

Rubber Tips Sold Separately  Color: Green or Brown

18, 24 and 36 inches long, these are made from 10 gauge wire, a little stronger and 6 inches longer than our 12 gauge stakes. For cymbidiums, delphiniums, etc, whatever grows long and needs a little extra support. The rubber tips do not come attached to these stakes. I think it made the packing a bit harder so they come with the stakes, but, in a little bag and you can use them where you see fit. Extra rubber tips are available as shown above.

I have these also available in two colors. Green or Dark Brown. The green blend with the plant material such as oncidiums and the like, while the brown are made to be the same color as the spikes of phalaenopsis.

  • 18 inches long - GREEN ONLY - Rubber Tips Sold Separately
  • 12 stakes $5.52 (46 ea.) 1 dozen
  • 36 stakes $15.42 (42 ea.) 3 dozen
  • 120 stakes $45.60 (38 ea.) 10 dozen
  • 500 stakes $96.00 (19.2 ea.) 31 lbs. 19" x 6" x 4"
  • 24 inches long - GREEN ONLY - Rubber Tips Sold Separately
  • 12 stakes $5.76 (48 ea.) 1 dozen
  • 36 stakes $15.84 (44 ea.) 3 dozen
  • 120 stakes $48.00 (40 ea.) 10 dozen
  • 500 stakes $108.00 (21.6 ea.) 40 lbs. 25" x 6" x 4"
  • 36 inches long - GREEN OR BROWN - Rubber Tips Sold Separately
  • 12 stakes $6.00 (50 ea.) 1 dozen
  • 36 stakes $16.56 (46 ea.) 3 dozen
  • 120 stakes $50.40 (42 ea.) 10 dozen
  • 500 stakes $130.00 (26 ea.) 58 lbs. 37" x 6" x 4"

 

HOW TO MAKE AN EXCELLENT PLANT STAKE

With just a little effort you can make excellent plant stakes with the loops on the ends for supporting flower spikes on phals and other orchids. You will find they only cost pennies if done this way, and there are some selling in ads in the $10 to $18 each range. To make them easily you need to make yourself this little tool.

Step #1
Get one of your garden tools, a rake, a hoe, etc., with a small handle thickness. Cut a slot in the end of it so it looks approx. like this. I made this cut by sticking the end of a rake handle into the table saw, so the cut has the curve of the saw blade in it, won't hurt at all, not important. This slot is about 2" deep on the other side and about 3 inches deep on this side. The width of the saw blade will be adequate to allow the painted plant stake into the slot fitting snugly.

These are the wires I use, they are 30" long, #12 gauge Painted Metal Plant Stakes with rubber tips. The rubber tip is to protect the eye from getting jabbed when bending over plants. You can also remove this tip and use a nice 1/2" diameter bead if you like. You can use any wire you want, find one that is easy to bend. You can also do this with the 36" long #10 gage wire but it's a little more difficult. You may need to clamp the wire to the stake with a shop clamp because it takes more power to wrap it around the handle.

Step #2
Load the wire stake into the slot approx as shown, tilted down a little.

Step #3
Start the bending by twisting the rake with your left hand to make your first bend to get the curls started.

Step #4
As you twist the rake handle with your left hand, wipe the wire against the rake handle, keep twisting until you have two or three curls around the handle. Working at chest height it's pretty easy with the rake handle on the ground to turn it with your left hand on top while the right hand wraps the wire.

That's going to give you a wire that looks like the one on the left when you slide it off the handle. The one on the right is a finished wire.

Step #5
Load the wire back into the slot as shown in the two pics above. The above photos show the wire in the same position, just from different angles. Keeping the lowest curve in the wire snug against the rake handle, pull the long end with your left hand towards you like the above photo.

You will wind up with the wire bent and pointing in the same direction. You can tweak the bottom of the wire in line with the top curls after you take it out, and you can either close or expand the distance between the loops if you want the closer together or further apart.

This is the final product, and you are done!! You can add extra loops if you like but the wire gets shorter fast, so more than this shown will leave you with a pretty short stake.

With some simple tools such as this you can make all kinds of bending tools for the various wires you can use to clip on pots, hold the rhizomes, etc. I will have more of those on the site later.

Happy Bending! Send me some pics of what you make!

Harry Tolen - Chula Orchids
www.chulaorchids.com

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