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Staking Your Orchids

This is a discussion on Staking Your Orchids within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Its soo nice to have experienced master growers like Jeff !...

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    Its soo nice to have experienced master growers like Jeff !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Its soo nice to have experienced master growers like Jeff !
    Boy, you said it - I'd like him to come and stake a few of my catts right now - I broke the spike off a Sheila Lautenberg "Equilab" last week and I'm terrified to try staking my others - I have about 6 coming along, I think, and 2 big floofies that I think I may have missed the boat on staking already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    Boy, you said it - I'd like him to come and stake a few of my catts right now - I broke the spike off a Sheila Lautenberg "Equilab" last week and I'm terrified to try staking my others - I have about 6 coming along, I think, and 2 big floofies that I think I may have missed the boat on staking already.
    Thank you. I don't consider myself a master grower but I've been growing mostly cattleyas for eight years now and I've made most of the mistakes that you can make with them. I also live in South Florida so I get to see how a lot of commercial growers do things. I wish I was better at putting into words the lessons I've learned over the years. I'll just continue to try and help where I can. Good luck with your orchids.

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    Nice job staking! The flowers all look perfect!
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    Maura, there is a little trick that I learned about getting paphs to face forward and not down. When the bloom opens it still takes a bit of time to set itself. If you tip the pot at a slight angle the flower will usually face up a bit more before it sets itself. For my paphs this means displaying an upright dorsal and an outward facing bloom. Mine do usually bloom while they are under flourescents. Not sure how that would translate to your area...its worth a shot.
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    Maura, I was told yesterday at our Orchid meeting, it is best to do the attaching of the bloom to stake in the afternoon, not morning???

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    Thanks for finding that one, Amey!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    A very similar thread where Bruce and I answered, just check it out.

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ut-please.html
    Apart from that all these suggestions have to be taken with a grain of salt. Experience will tell you which plants need staking and which don't also the kind of staking, as to whether stake the pseudobulb or the spike as Jeff rightly illustrated.

    It also depends a lot on the species as you pointed out different species will behave differently when staked. Experience and technique are your two best teachers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucker85 View Post
    Thank you. I don't consider myself a master grower but I've been growing mostly cattleyas for eight years now and I've made most of the mistakes that you can make with them. I also live in South Florida so I get to see how a lot of commercial growers do things. I wish I was better at putting into words the lessons I've learned over the years. I'll just continue to try and help where I can. Good luck with your orchids.
    You're very humble, Jeff. You've been tremendously helpful to me, and your photos of catts are a true inspiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    Maura, there is a little trick that I learned about getting paphs to face forward and not down. When the bloom opens it still takes a bit of time to set itself. If you tip the pot at a slight angle the flower will usually face up a bit more before it sets itself. For my paphs this means displaying an upright dorsal and an outward facing bloom. Mine do usually bloom while they are under flourescents. Not sure how that would translate to your area...its worth a shot.
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    Thanks Jason - dumb question, but when you tip the pots, do you angle it towards you or away from you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosie View Post
    Maura, I was told yesterday at our Orchid meeting, it is best to do the attaching of the bloom to stake in the afternoon, not morning???
    Never heard that one, but it's easy enough to follow - I'll try it. Thanks.

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