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Phrag with a crick in it's neck

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    When I returned home from my last trip I found that my phrag Giganteum's spike had grown from about 3" to 12" and had 2 small buds forming. WHOOO HOOO!! I've had this guy for over 2 years but this will be the first bloom. But unfortunately it grew so quickly it hit the bottom of the shelf above it. (I'm afraid the cat/orchid sitter placed it on the wrong shelf after watering it) This created a bend in the stem of about 75 degrees.

    I have been gently trying to persuade it to straighten out, using plant ties. But it doesn' seem to be responding. Soo - any suggestions? It's maturing quite rapidly, and the stem is not getting much taller. The top bud is still at about a 50 degree angle.

    HELP!

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    Many of my flowers straighten them selves out as they're about to bloom, or just after they've opened. Do what you can and see what it can do.

    Not much help, beyond encouragement!

    Julie

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    The flower presentation should be fine.I would not risk breaking the spike @ this stage.

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