Growing Orchids: Providing Support
Some orchids, such as Cattleya and Dendrobium, can be top-heavy, and need support after potting until they have produced strong new roots. Insert a cane at the back of each plant. This should stand as tall as the eventual height of the plant.
Flowers: that grow on tall thin stems — such as those of some slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum) — can be supported by means of galvanized wire. Bend the wire into a U-shape at the end, and then bend the U over at right angles. The U-shape then holds the stem upright. Support long, arching flower spikes by inserting a cane at an angle, and fixing the stem to it with pieces of raffia.