Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 7 of 7
Like Tree5Likes
  • 3 Post By raybark
  • 2 Post By tucker85

Where to place the stake?

This is a discussion on Where to place the stake? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Not enough room right next to stalk because of roots and leafs. Any suggestions on ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    michele17 is offline Junior Member
    Real Name
    Michele B
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Harlequin Phal
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Westchester, NY USA
    Posts
    24
    Member's Country Flag

    Default Where to place the stake?

    Not enough room right next to stalk because of roots and leafs. Any suggestions on where to stake?
    Name:  image.jpeg
Views: 154
Size:  42.0 KBName:  image-5.jpeg
Views: 143
Size:  27.6 KBName:  image-6.jpeg
Views: 149
Size:  31.5 KB

  2. #2
    raybark's Avatar
    raybark is online now Senior Member
    Real Name
    Ray Barkalow
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Oak Island NC
    Posts
    1,274

    Default

    It looks like there's plenty of room for a stake to me. If you water first, then "wiggle" the stake down into the medium, the likelihood of damage will be minimized.

    I'd place it next to the side of the plant the spike is leaning towards.

  3. #3
    tucker85's Avatar
    tucker85 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Jeff Tucker
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Vanda
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Plantation, Florida
    Posts
    2,446
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    The method that works best for me is to lift the spike into the position that I want (or as close as possible) and then hold a stake next to it and see where it would need to go in order to hold it there. The spike will pull the stake towards the direction it's leaning so often you need to tilt the stake in the opposite direction before you insert it. Staking is not a perfect science. You just do the best you can. For phals that don't have long flower spikes, it can be interesting to experiment with not staking them at all.

  4. #4
    michele17 is offline Junior Member
    Real Name
    Michele B
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Harlequin Phal
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Westchester, NY USA
    Posts
    24
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I think I'm going to go in the direction of letting nature take it's course. It's a beautiful orchid and only my second one to re-spike! I'm surprised it grew a spike at all. It is grown on a windowsill in N.Y. in an unobstructed North
    exposure. A lot of light- no sun. Do you think the leaves are too dark?
    Thank-you for all of your help. I'm new to growing orchids and am loving it.
    Michele17

  5. #5
    sand_tiger86's Avatar
    sand_tiger86 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kelly
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Vandas and Catts
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    811

    Default

    Just stick it in where you want. If you feel like you'll hit a root, the plant will live. Don't baby it so much, it'll be fine!

  6. #6
    eircsmith's Avatar
    eircsmith is offline Senior Member
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Gender
    Male
    Posts
    247
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Hi Michele, the staking will depend on your light source. If an overhead light source is there giving enough light, then I don’t see any problem in staking in the available space.

  7. #7
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is offline Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    34,003
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    It looks like there's plenty of room for a stake to me. If you water first, then "wiggle" the stake down into the medium, the likelihood of damage will be minimized.

    I'd place it next to the side of the plant the spike is leaning towards.
    I agree.

    cheers,
    BD

Similar Threads

  1. Should I stake my Phal Mariae's spike?
    By OrchidAddict in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: July 20th, 2012, 11:57 AM
  2. Stake clip too tight
    By GenevaDad in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: December 20th, 2011, 06:47 PM
  3. best time to stake
    By Cinderella in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: March 1st, 2005, 09:28 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.