My orchid is growing a new bloom stem/shoot. Should I stake it?
Staking orchids is easy and essential for growing your standard indoor orchids. Most orchids do not naturally grow up, as we see them sold in our local florist shops. In nature they sometimes grow on trees, clinging to them and sometimes growing down (as shown below). It will not hurt your orchid to stake it, we simply do this because it looks pretty growing in our homes and saves space.
I normally wait till my spikes are at least 3 – 4 inches long and then I gentle attach (clip) them to a stake and wait for them to grow even longer before attaching a second clip. Then you can gradually add more clips and manipulate it straight up.
Note: They are very fragile at first and will break very easily. This has happened to me before and I was heart-broken.
On the other hand if you wait till they are much longer and try to stake them then they can break as well because at this time they have hardened a bit. You have to start when they are smaller but be very careful because the new stalk is tender and gradually gets much firmer as it grows.
How to stake an orchid
1. Once your orchid shoot/spike has begun growing it will grow upwards for a couple of inches before it would naturally starts falling. At this time get a stake (I get mine from here) and gently push it in the mix next to the shoot (as shown below).
2. Then take ties/clips to secure it to the stake.
There are many ties/clips you can choose from. Here are two examples of basic clips and then some fun clips…
3. As your orchid shoot grows you will need small to large stakes. Gently replace the stakes, with larger ones, as it grows (as shown below).
4. Eventually it will begin to produce buds and at this point you can let it fall naturally at the top to create an arch, which will give it a nice full look.
Below is what your orchid should look like when fully bloomed and staked properly.
Hope that helps,
Feel free to leave comments or questions here and you can always email me at email@example.com with pictures of your orchid.