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time for cymbidiums!

This is a discussion on time for cymbidiums! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi, Guys... I have several cymbidiums in spike for the first time (for me!). The ...

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    Smile time for cymbidiums!

    Hi, Guys...
    I have several cymbidiums in spike for the first time (for me!). The longest spike is now about 6 inches long and I don't know when & quite how to initiate support. How long do the spikes have to be before they will need to be held up?
    I have some new stakes and I'm rarin' to go but I don't to just start shoving them in between pbulbs, etc...I guess I'm looking for a little guidance on cultural 'finesse' here, you know what I mean! I've got wire & bamboo stakes.
    Thanks,
    Remo

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    Cool

    Not even one response?
    Remo

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    Hey Remo,

    Which type of cymbidiums do you have? Many cymbidiums like the kind I grow do not get stakes because they hang down and drape around the pot of the plant. The type that grow tall thick spikes that stand up, should be staked from the begining to ensure that the spike grows as true as possible - especially if you want to show the plant and blooms for judging. As a rule of thumb, it is best to always stake any orchid bloom that you want to grow in one direction.

    You probably got no response because the question was not very specific. I hope this helps. Congratulations on all of the spikes. I hope you will share photos soon.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Bruce, thanks for the reply. I have both standard, intermediate and pendulous. The pendulous questions were answered but it is the standards & Intermediates (I know the spikes both grow upwards) that I'm asking about. I know that some growers actually put collars on the plants to train the spikes upwards so that they can be put into sleeves to ship, etc. But I just don't want to stake them too early. I'm not sure about damaging roots, and I definitely don't want to shove a stake between bulbs or too close to a spike! I definitely will post a few pics as the spikes progress. A couple of The pendulous plants are going nuts with spikes and I bought them last year in the dreaded 'nbs' category. Anyway, in the next few days as things become a little more calm here in Marina Del Rey, I'll post a couple of photos.
    Best to you & thanks for the post.
    Remo

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    No worries, Remo. I look forward to seeing your photos. And don't worry about damaging the roots when staking the spike. Just ease the stake down into the medium. If using the bamboo, I always cut an angle on the end of the bamboo stake so that it eases into the medium much easier. Good luck.

    cheers,
    BD

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