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Question Regarding Staking

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by SteveS, Apr 6, 2022.

  1. SteveS

    SteveS New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I bought my first orchid about a year ago. Over the last 6 months or so, one branch has exploded with 5 flowers and 2 more coming in!
    Do I need to stake this branch to support it and if so what's the best way?

    Thanks for the help!

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  2. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Oak Island NC
    Do you "need to"? No. Wild plants are never staked. Might it look nicer? That's up to you to decide.

    However, that particular spike is well past the point of staking for better presentation. Chances are you'll break it if you try to straighten it much, and the flowers will all be held at a strange angle. Instead, as a spike emerges, it can be "trained" along a vertical stake, making very slight adjustments to direct it upward.
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