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Unread 03-17-2013, 03:18 PM
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I have a catt that is currently in bud, they are getting a little heavy and I'm worried that they're going to droop down and break the spike. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to make a support for the flowers? I tried looking online but couldn't find any instructions.

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Spikes generally won't break from the weight of the blooms, but can definitely bow. If you wish for the blooms to display better, you could use a stake.
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Like Sonya said, stakes with clips or twist ties work for many types of inflorescence.

You can make a wire one with a loop with 16 gauge wire. If you want to clip it onto the pots, spiral the wire 3 times and wedge the pot between a couple of the turns.
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I have seen chopsticks being used as flower supports, innovative and nothing going to waste !
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My yellow catt is in bloom. I removed the sheaths completely and one of the spikes with three flowers was going to break off, but I caught it in time and tied the spike to the nearest pb using florist tape.
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You can make a little Y shape out of a length of wire, slot it into the pot and then just rest the stem into the top of it
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