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Old 12-21-2017, 06:20 PM
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Well I am very very happy that 21 out of my 26 phalaenopsis orchids are all in Spike. But I just realized that I only have about 14 Stakes to use & as many of my phalaenopsis are very small or miniature, I don't know where to get the ones that are like 4-5 in Long. I've never been in this situation before
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Old 12-21-2017, 06:37 PM
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You can use nearly anything to stake orchid blooms: chop sticks, dowel rods from a craft store, floral wire....

If you use chop sticks or dowel rods, you can wrap them in green floral tape to help them to blend in.

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I was wondering about the Chopsticks. Wouldn't they start to rot?

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Here are some options:

For really short skewers: grocery store, buy bamboo skewers meant for grilling kabobs. They usually come in a couple different lengths.

Somewhat longer: big-box stores like Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart usually have stakes of various diameters, lengths and materials, suitable for anything from house plants up to tomatoes. You can also find packaged long wooden skewers meant for hot dog roasting. Long wood or bamboo stakes can be cut to length.

Pick your own: I am lucky to have a patch of bamboo growing in my yard. If you are in a climate zone where bamboo or 'river cane' grow, you may be able to harvest that with the landowner's permission.

There are probably other options too. (I mentioned the easy and inexpensive ones because I'm a lazy cheapskate!)
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I have bamboo growing in my yard as well, so when I can get to it through the snow perhaps I'll find use for the smaller branches. I am accustomed to using those steaks that are coated or finished with something so it's not actual like raw wood. That is what sparked my question about would the Kabob skewers rot. I realize it's probably a silly concern.
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I was wondering about the Chopsticks. Wouldn't they start to rot?

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There is a small check box next to where you enter your user name and password that allows you to save your login info and stay signed in.

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I had not thought of the chop sticks rotting as I use red lava rock for everything. Bamboo is a much better idea.
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Thank you Orchid Whisperer and yes Leaf Mite bamboo is a good idea😊
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I am accustomed to using those steaks that are coated or finished with something so it's not actual like raw wood. That is what sparked my question about would the Kabob skewers rot. I realize it's probably a silly concern.
No, it's not a silly concern, it's a legitimate question. I have used the wooden diffuser reeds that are used for scented oil, not for staking flower spikes but as the "skewers" for determining when to water. Yes, they do eventually degrade and soften up and get to a point where I simply replace them, but it takes many months. Something like a kabob skewer is going to be a thicker diameter and will last even longer, I think, probably plenty long enough for the average Phal. spike that's in bloom.
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I go to Lowe's and buy "piano wire." You can then cut it to length with wire cutters. Yes, wooden skewers rot.
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