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Staking Spikes Question

This is a discussion on Staking Spikes Question within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I need to stake a new spike on my onc, but how in the universe ...

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    I need to stake a new spike on my onc, but how in the universe can I do it without hurting the roots? The problem is that the soil is almost completely filled with roots. If I jam the end of the stake into the soil, I might hurt the roots. So now the stake is resting on the soil surface, which does no good. I need a way to get the stake nice and sturdy without hurting my plant! However, I'm afraid that if I don't stake it, I might break the spike.

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    Try soaking the pot for 1/2 an hour or so.This should make it easier to get the stake in.

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    the other option is to not stake it. The only time I stake spikes is if the flowers are soo big there is a danger of teh spike snapping Then again I prefer the natural look of a hanging spike.

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    If the pot is that filled with roots, the few you might break by pushing a stake into the pot won't matter a bit.

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    I've been trying not to spike lately, just as an experiment, and it's nice - had a great brassia bloom, looked wonderful just doing its thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    If the pot is that filled with roots, the few you might break by pushing a stake into the pot won't matter a bit.
    Usually a plant that blooms has enough roots so that driving a stake in won't affect it. As long as the stake is sterile and not something that was used in an infested pot. Cutting the tip at an angle will facilitate staking.

    Most paphs don't need staking for fear of spike breakage, but I end up staking almost everything for presentation. Otherwise they tend to droop, and I stake them so that they face *me*.

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    If the spike is strong enough to support the weight of the flowers, it is better not to stake. I prefer the way the spike arc a little bit, it looks more graceful to me. If you prefer to use stake, then Lja is right, don't worry about breaking a root or two. You can minimize breakage by keeping the stake near the base of the plant rather than the side of the pot.

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