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Staking Catts?

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    I only have a few Catts in my collection (but may need to get more soon considering the looks of this one). This is my first Catt spike and it seems really long to me (guess I never paid much attention to the length of others' spikes). Just curious if Catt spikes ever need to be staked or if they do fine left alone??
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    Cats often need to be staked...just be careful! If they're not going to be moved, and the flowers present themselves well without staking...leave them alone...

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    I find I only have to stake when the blossoms need some 'help' with presentation. I also stake new growths if they are headed too horizontally.

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    That's mighty long for a Catt spike! It probably will need staking, but it'll depend on the number of blooms and their size.

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    It should hold itself up, but just incase stake the whole growth/spike for protection.

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    Very nice long spike! yes stake it just incase you snap it....That's the reason why I stake things. I usually never stake catts unless the stem is drooping once the blooms are open, but that stem is long and vertical great for staking.

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    Well this guy continued to grow, even beyond the length of the stake I placed thanks to the advice here. Here are a few update pics---I came home a few days ago to find the bloom!
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    very pretty Cindy and large for the size of the plant !!

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    Very, very nice. I love the color!

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    Wow that colour is excellent. Those blooms make the plant look dwarf

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