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This is a discussion on To stick or not to stick... within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I'm on my second year with this phal and as I was new to it, ...
I'm on my second year with this phal and as I was new to it, it seemed important to me to continue on with whatever conditions the store had created for it - but since re-potting and seeing the awful condition the roots were in because the medium had gotten sour, and seeing how much better it's doing now, I totally question the "ways of the store."
More to the point, I was wondering if I 'ought to get a pole of some kind or another to support my phal's spike. It's in the beginning stages of flowering, and I wonder if they're heavy enough that a support would be needed. Any thoughts?
It is a good idea to stake a flower spike so that your blooms are displayed in the most attractive way possible. That said, if your orchid is growing where it doesn't move, a natural spike can be really lovely. I have seen mounted phals that hang down and have beautiful spikes that hang below the plant. It is all in how you decide to grow your plants.
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