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Staking Orchids in S/H

Is staking in S/H the same as it is in other media? Just wondering if I would be disturbing the roots that are attached to the LECA and how hard it is to get the stake in...what are your experiences?

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I have the best luck getting stakes in when I locate them right next to the edge of the pot; it's much harder when you put them in the middle. If you can't get a stake all the way in, you can use masking tape to anchor the stake by taping to the outside of the pot.

Wire stakes are good because they will last forever, like the LECA. Wood or bamboo breaks down quickly in the moist environment.

I don't worry too much about disturbing the roots. It's only one time, and quickly over. I figure that pointed-end stakes slide past the roots without much damage.
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I am usually just ruthless and jam 'em in there, but I heard someone say that if he places the pot in a tub of water, the LECA "floats" a little, allowing the stake to move much more easily through it.
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Great idea about "floating" the LECA!
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I'm like Ray, if it doesn't go in easily I jam it on in. There are enough roots that if I damage one or two, it won't affect the plant. And right now I only have a couple orchids growing using S/H. I do have some growing in hydroton as a medium, and again if anything needs staking, I get it in there.
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I am usually just ruthless and jam 'em in there, but I heard someone say that if he places the pot in a tub of water, the LECA "floats" a little, allowing the stake to move much more easily through it.
Hmmm...now why didn't I think of that I guess this can also be done during a flush if you put tape over the holes to keep the water in while you stake! I did just what you did, Ray. I just poked the stake in, LOL...
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