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How to Tie Up an Orchid That Is Too Tall

    • 1). Choose a stake to help support the orchid. Metal stakes designed to support plants are available at garden centers and nurseries. You can also use bamboo skewers for a more natural look. The stake must be as tall as the orchid, if not taller.

    • 2). Place the stake 1 to 2 inches from the orchid stalk. Push the stake carefully into the soil while twisting it. Keep the stake as close to the plant as possible. Twisting the stake will help minimize damage to the plant's roots.

    • 3). Cut a piece of garden string several inches long. Garden string is a flat, plastic-coated wire that is available at garden centers and nurseries.

    • 4). Wrap the garden string around the orchid stalk once and carefully pull the stalk next to the stake. Twist the garden string as you would a twist-tie on a bread bag until the string is secure to the stake.

    • 5). Repeat the process for every orchid stalk. Add several garden strings to the stalk as the plant grows taller.

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