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Rankobelisks not only provide climbing plants with the necessary support, they also look good. You can read from which materials you can build such a Rankobelsiken yourself and how it works in detail here.

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Trellis and climbing plants have a wild and graceful charm at the same time - but that quickly fades away if the plants don't have a climbing aid that they can climb along. Rankobelisks are a great option. Thanks to their shape and dimensions, they can be used not only in beds, but also in planters.

In this guide, we reveal how to build such a construction and what should be observed.

Rankobelisk: definition and advantages

Stone obelisks originally enjoyed great popularity in ancient Egypt. There they symbolize the rays of the sun god and banish the world of the gods with the world of mortals. But you can also discover numerous obelisks in our region. The best known include:

  • Memorial to the prisoners of the Flossenbürg concentration camp
  • The obelisk in Leipzig's Schillerpark as a reminder of the opening of the railway line between Leipzig and Dresden
  • the Mussolini obelisk in Rome
  • the state monument in Wiesbaden
  • the obelisk by Olu Oguibe on Kassel's Königsplatz

Especially in the middle of nature, obelisks represent a great contrast. But also in the home garden they score with other advantages, as the following list shows:

Advantages and disadvantages

✔ The biggest advantage is without a doubt the support that the climbing aid has to offer. But the construction (if staged properly) also looks really great and gives the home garden a romantic flair.

✔ A rankobelisk made of iron is particularly insensitive and weatherproof. But a model made of wood is also possible without any problems if time is taken to care for the material.

✔ Those who like it more natural can also use branches to build a rankobelisk.

✔ It can be set up in a bed or in a bucket. In the latter case, however, it should be ensured that the dimensions of the climbing aid match the planter.

✔ Normally, the Rankobelisk does not have to be concreted in or otherwise fixed. The legs are simply stuck firmly into the ground, which means that the climbing aid is stable.

✔ In combination with a bucket on wheels, the Rankobelisk can be placed outdoors and in living rooms - a real eye-catcher and ideal for overwintering sensitive plants.

✔ The effort to build a Rankobelisk yourself is extremely low - the perfect project for freshly baked hobbyists.

✖ Before building a rankobelisk, you should carefully consider which climbing or climbing plant should grow on it later. Some plants are very delicate, which may make the construction itself look too bulky.

Build Rankobelisk - explained step by step

Below we present three variants of a Rankobelisk and its construction:

1. Rankobelisk made of iron
2. Wooden rankobelisk
3. Rankobelisk from branches

Variant 1: Rankobelisk made of iron

A climbing aid made of iron is characterized above all by the fact that it is very robust and sensitive to weather conditions. In addition, depending on the choice of color, iron looks very noble or romantic.

The following things are needed:

  • 3 or 4 iron bars as corner supports
  • Iron bars as cross struts or wire
  • Welding machine and accessories or robust wire - depending on your skill
  • optional: corrosion protection
stepHints
Measure the required sizeSince iron is less flexible in processing, the necessary dimensions should be taken. In this way, the material can be bought precisely and you save a lot of work.
Setting up the strutsNow the longitudinal struts or corner supports can be set up. These are welded together at the upper end or connected with wire.
Assembly of the cross strutsAs soon as the basic construction is in place, cross struts should be installed. These not only give the obelisk a hold, but also offer the climbing and climbing plants additional opportunities for development. It makes sense to mount this crossover on the corner supports. Alternatively, wire can be threaded around the frame from corner supports. In this way, wire tracks can run at a distance of a few centimeters that facilitate growth.
optional:If the rust doesn't bother you, you can now set up the obelisk. Alternatively, you can have the construction hot-dip galvanized beforehand or treated with an appropriate corrosion protection. These are usually available in different colors, which means that a colorful Rankobelisk is also possible. On the other hand, if you let nature run free, you will soon be able to enjoy a climbing aid in a charming rusty reddish brown - ideal for natural gardens. Warning: No matter what you decide for yourself: You should think about it beforehand, because once the obelisk is standing and planted, it can only be treated with great effort!

When the obelisk is finished, it can be positioned in the bed. If plants are already growing, the tendrils can be placed around the iron bars - so they will continue to grow almost automatically on the climbing aid in the future.

" Tip: There are great attachments for iron bars, with which the obelisk looks even higher quality.

Variant 2: Rankobelisk made of wood

Rankobelisks made of wood look much more natural. However, the wooden struts should not be too thin so that the construction can easily carry the weight. Therefore, the decision for a Rankobelisk made of wood should be made for large tendril and climbing plants - so the overall picture appears extremely harmonious.

The following things are needed:

  • 4 long trellises as corner supports made of wood - according to the planned height of the climbing aid
  • short strips as cross struts - the number also varies according to the height; the length becomes shorter towards the top
  • 8 short pieces of wood as so-called spacers
  • 1 small piece of wood as a top cover
  • optional: a wooden ball for the tip as decoration
  • 4 tent pegs for the corner supports
  • wooden dowels
  • wood screws
  • nails
  • Wood protection (Attention: always waterproof)
stepHints
Measure the required sizeIn this case too, dimensions should be determined beforehand. Wood can be shortened more easily - but lengthening is only possible with additional effort.
Connect the corner supportsAfter the preparations have been made, two corner supports are connected to each other at the top. In addition, a cross strut is installed at a distance of approx. 30 millimeters (seen from the top).
Assembly of the remaining cross strutsAdditional wooden strips are now installed as cross struts in both side parts. These can run parallel or screwed on crosswise - the latter ensures greater stability. Tip: However, this creates gaps between corner supports and cross struts, which can be bridged with the spacers. The two side parts are then connected to each other by further cross struts.
Design the top of the RankobeliskIf you already like the climbing aid, you can skip this step. Otherwise we recommend a square piece of wood as a cover. A color-matched and sufficiently large wooden ball on it ensures a harmonious overall picture.
Apply wood varnishThe wood would wear out quickly due to the moisture of the potting soil, rain and other weather conditions. We therefore recommend applying waterproof wood protection. These are available in colorless, wood-colored and colorful - therefore there are no limits to your imagination.
Attach tent pegsLong tent pegs should be attached to the corner supports so that the Rankobelisk is firmly anchored in the ground. This means that even the wind can not harm the climbing aid.

" Important: The wood varnish should be applied before planting - applying the weather protection afterwards, if plants are already growing on it, is neither sensible nor possible.

Variant 3: Rankobelisk made from branches

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Those who prefer an ecological garden design will love this variant, because willow branches can be used for this. This makes the Rankobelisk look particularly natural.

This is needed:

  • planter or bucket filled with soil
  • Willow branches - bamboo sticks can also be used as an alternative
  • carton
  • Hedge trimmers for cutting willow branches
stepHints
Prepare the boxA piece of cardboard should be prepared first so that the Rankobelisk made of twigs stays in shape. This should be larger than the bucket so it can rest. If you want to use a bed later, you should still use a large bucket or bucket as a substructure - this simplifies construction considerably. Holes are now made in the cardboard in a circle, into which the willow branches will later be inserted. It makes sense if the holes are along the outer edge of the bucket - the climbing obelisk extends across the full width of the container.
Prepare willow branchesBefore the willow branches are pushed into the prepared holes, small branches and leaves should be removed. The length of the rods must be adjusted so that they are all the same length. By the way, very thin willow branches should be picked up and used immediately for braiding.
Shape willow branches into a rankobeliskOnce the rods are prepared, a sturdy willow rod can be pushed into each hole. At the top, the rods are now connected with a rope. Natural, but robust materials such as sisal are best suited for this.
Weave in more willow branches as strutsAfter the basic framework is in place, the thin willow branches should now be braided between the longitudinal struts. This is done directly at the bottom of the box, so that it results in a kind of wicker. If this edge is about three to five centimeters high, further thin rods can be threaded diagonally upwards from there. The Rankobelisk made of natural materials not only gains hold, but also looks more delicate.
Remove the boxAs soon as the willow branches are firmly connected, the climbing aid can be removed from the bucket or bucket. Now the cardboard is carefully pulled down. Tada: it's done.

" Tip: With a little skill, a climbing aid can be shaped in the form of a ball instead of a rankobelisk.

These plants grow particularly well on a rankobeliskWhen the Rankobelisk is in place, it can be planted. In our experience, it thrives particularly well:

  • climbing roses
  • Clematis
  • Wisteria
  • honeysuckle
  • Wicken
  • Black-eyed Susanne
  • nasturtium
  • Morning Glory
  • Maurandie

at the climbing aid.

Now we can only say one thing: Have fun crafting!

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