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    Hi, I've got a new spike for the first time and I don't know what to do. It is not growing close to the wooden sticks and I'm not sure when you're supposed to tie it up. I'm a little nervous because I don't want to damage it. I'm so excited! Please advise. Thanks much!

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    You could move a stick or add another closer to where it is helpful if you feel it must be supported.

    I personally wait until the spike is starting to bend due to weight. And yes, you still will need to be careful around the growing spike. We have all broken one or more before.

    And congrats!

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    I Agree with Harvey. Be careful its still fragile, we use flower clamp or clip here to support it on the stake.

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    Thanks Harvey. Yes, I was going to wait till the spike got heavy. I'm afraid to add or move a stick closer to it because I don't want to damage the roots. I've had the orchid for 2 1/2 years and it was a bumpy road at times but I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. The spikes easily break? Oh no! The last thing I would want to do is break the spike. I'll be careful. I've seen some crazy designed spikes at florists with spikes going over a trellis. I guess being gentle is the key.

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    Thanks Jervis. I have a flower clamp and two clips from when I first got the orchid in bloom.

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    Go easy on it. They are quite hardy plants. just a thought, staking is not required always and they look beautiful even without stakes.

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    Thanks, I guess there is no one way to do this.

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    I try to avoid using stakes if I can. I think the natural curve of the spike looks good. And in nature, they don't get staked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    I try to avoid using stakes if I can. I think the natural curve of the spike looks good. And in nature, they don't get staked!
    You have a point there! I won't do anything right now and I'll wait and see. Thanks!

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    I disagree the spike needs to be trained along the spike while young.. The more mature it gets the harder it is to train.. Thus easily broken.
    Place a stake close to the spike and slowly train it now it may need to be tied at the base and middle.. good luck

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    I am in the same boat, so to speak, although my spike is smaller at this time. Did I see that you are not supposed to move the plant while the spike is young? I wanted to turn it to see if it would follow the sun and such.

    Yeah, a bit nervous! This is my birthday orchid from last September. It apparently loves where it is!

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