I always thought it was cool to let the plant do whatever it wanted to and let the spike grow naturally, but some blooms just don't cooperate and it's much nicer to present them with a support for best viewing. I've always used slender bamboo or long shish kabob stakes, and they work OK, but I'd like to know what other people use that work well, specifically for slipper orchids, and are pleasing to the eye. My plants also seem to "fight" the staking a bit and I end up with squirrely spikes anyways. Any hints to the art of staking? Feel free to demo with photos and such. I'd love to see!