Orchids forum: To stake or not to stake

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Name: Chris Pollock
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chris1948
Nov 23, 2015 8:42 AM CST
Quite a few of my 'rescued' Walmart orchids are now putting out flower spikes. Most are only a few inches long but two of them have spikes that are about 18" long and one of those has buds on it. Those I don't want to mess with but the others, do I need to stake them or just let them go as they please? I will say that I'm leery about staking as I'm afraid I'll break them off.
Chris
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 23, 2015 9:04 AM CST
If you place the stake correctly, where the stem(s) doesn't have to be bent too severely, you won't damage that/those stem whatsoever. I stake pretty much every single orchid in bud/flower, and don't break any of them doing so. By the way, the only reason I stake is so that the flowers present better.
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Nov 23, 2015 9:15 AM CST
Thanks Ken, I think I'll practice then with a few. If I recall my 'Orchids for Dummies' book said to start staking when the stalk gets about 12" long then go from there. I'll have to re-read that portion again though to make sure.
Chris
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 23, 2015 10:35 AM CST
It really doesn't matter how long that stem is. You just don't want to damage any buds, so be sure you are below those buds/flowers. I don't have many Phal. but have lots of other genera. Here are a couple in bloom now with several stems of flowers staked.

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Name: Chris Pollock
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chris1948
Nov 23, 2015 11:54 AM CST
Beautiful flowers Ken, I'll definitely try a few then and see how I do.
Chris
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 23, 2015 11:57 AM CST
Thumbs up
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 23, 2015 12:07 PM CST
It's purely a matter of personal taste, but I like the flowers of my Phals to cascade down naturally. So I never stake them. You might want to leave a few to their own devices, Chris, and see which you like better.

I have mine outdoors with pots fastened to a trellis or on shelves, so they show nicely when hanging down. If you're going to bring them in to display on a table, they might look better staked, but it really depends how you will place them.

I know a gal who decorates her mantelpiece with cascading Phals in winter and it looks so beautiful. Needless to say she doesn't use her fireplace hardly ever, and removes the orchids if she does.
Elaine

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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Nov 23, 2015 12:17 PM CST
Elaine is right, unless you want to show your orchids, In that case, you must stake them. Like Ken said, the flowers present better.

Jim
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sugarcane
Nov 23, 2015 5:40 PM CST
I train my spikes as soon as I can. Loosely at first then tightening up as the spike matures..
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 23, 2015 5:40 PM CST
I agree When I think about it in time. Whistling
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 23, 2015 6:15 PM CST
I have to stake one of my Phals before otherwise it will hit our curtains. I had some difficulty with its stiff spike, so I decided to sort of leash it, and not too closely tied to the stake. It still supported it nicely. Smiling My other noid Phal I just let it cascade,looked prettier that way. I guess if I have a bigger growing space, I can let all of them cascade, but there is space limitation for mine.

On a stake/leash:
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No stake: it looks good just like that, with a double spike so it looks balanced too.
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Nov 23, 2015 7:40 PM CST
Thanks Elaine and Jim. I'm not into showing them I'm just thrilled that they've thrived and that I've gotten them this far since June.
Chris
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 23, 2015 8:52 PM CST
Good job growing, Chris. Thumbs up
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