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my dumb q of the day

This is a discussion on my dumb q of the day within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; same plant is fine. The reason you dont want to reuse is because of the ...

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    same plant is fine. The reason you dont want to reuse is because of the potential of spreading viruses. So, you basically just dont want to take it from one plant to the other.

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    That's what I figured. Thanks Forrest!

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    I reuse them. Throw them in a bleack solution for a few hours and let them dry out completely before using them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather
    I have only re-used spikes from one plant to the same plant actually. Such as, St. Swithin came w/ stake, repotted, restaked w/ same stake. Bad idea???

    As long as you bleach it out or use some sort of bacteria killer ( peroxide is good) I wouldn't worry about reusing them.

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    Well, following up on the original post, do you HAVE to use stakes at all, with any orchids - meaning, are there any that if you DON'T use stakes the spike might risk breaking? Liking with phrags or any others that have a tall spike?

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    John, there are quite a few like that, not so much the terrestrials like Paphs and Phrags but definitely the epiphytes that are used to hanging. If you don't stake them, the weight of the flowers after opening can bend and break a spike right in two. I always stake everything--judges look askance at Paphs and Phrags whose inflorescences aren't absolutely, perfectly straight up and down. It'll lose you the award on an otherwise perfect flower if you don't and the stem is in any way bent or crooked...

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    I am starting to use stakes judgementally. If the spike it looking like it would be in jeapordy, (as in the plant would fall over!) it is staked, but my Inca Embers - longest of the crew, is not...think it is just used to that, but a fine example of natural beauty without the need of a stake.

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    See, my fear about NOT staking is that I worry the spike will start growing sideways towards the sun in the window (if the plant is in the house). Then I have to keep moving the plant back, etc. If I leave the plant outside while it grows its spike, which I've been doing more lately, I worry about the spike getting eaten. Do folks have good success in not getting spikes to always grow horizontally towards the window, if you don't use a stake, that is?

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    It depends on the plant. Some will grow nearly horizontal, others (like roth & its hybrids) will remain more or less vertical. I put a stake in everything because I prefer to have the flower presented towards the viewer when mature. Otherwise most paphs tend to droop down a bit - their natural tendency to prevent water from collecting in the pouch.

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    Do you reuse the stakes (wooden or metal) that prop up the inflorescences on your orchids? Or is that too risky because you never know if the orchid has a pest/fungus/virus? Is it better to just dispose of them? I hate to throw them out....so wasteful.
    I use them again, but I wash them in bleach or alcohol. Can't risk the danger of transmitting diseases. Sometimes the wooden ones get "rotten" at the base, so I throw them out.

    Well, following up on the original post, do you HAVE to use stakes at all, with any orchids - meaning, are there any that if you DON'T use stakes the spike might risk breaking?
    With my phals (and others w/ long spikes) I use stakes or else they'll get too long and break. I stake them--makes them grow straight and neater. On my den , no, spike seems to hold itself straight with no support.

    One more question, how do you know when it's time to stake up a spike? Young spikes seem fragile and how long do they have to grow in order for it to be safely staked? Breaking a spike would be heartbreaking.

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