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New way to "stake" cattleyas

This is a discussion on New way to "stake" cattleyas within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; When we repot cattleyas and other tall sympodial plants, it is important to keep them ...

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    Default New way to "stake" cattleyas

    When we repot cattleyas and other tall sympodial plants, it is important to keep them stable and unmoving in the pot while they get their new roots established. I have always used "pot-", or :rhizome clips" - bent wire that grips the pot lip and provides support for the plant - but while that may work well for clay pots, I have tended to crack plastic ones.

    There will be an article by David Grove in the AOS "Orchids" magazine shortly on a new way of managing the plants through the use of biodegradable rhizome anchors, but I thought I'd share it with you.

    The key is the use of two biodegradable plastic t-shaped "stakes", which are used to hold onto a wire "U". Both the bottom of the main spear, and the tips of the bent-down top of the T are barbed, so they grip the medium really well.

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    You fashion an elongated "U" out of wire (David recommends the stuff you hang suspended ceilings with; cheap at boxstore), loop it under the Tee, and with the wire running over the rhizome, you push the anchor down into the medium. Then you use a second anchor on the opposite side of the rhizome to apply the pressure that secures it.

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    I have tried it on a few plants this spring, and it works remarkably well.
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    Wish to try but cannot find any plastic t-shaped "stakes" in Hong Kong.

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    Looks good. sad we don't get the t-shaped stakes here as well.

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    They are intended for use in securing "landscape fabric", to prevent erosion while seed germinates, so you might check for local suppliers of such stuff.

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