How do you manage to stake the flower stems?

last month

I'm talking about simple phals. First, how do you manage to get the supporting dowel rod into the media so that it will stand straight and be secure in that position? I'm always afraid I'm going to damage roots when I push in the dowel, and then it always leans -- there isn't much good purchase for the dowel rod in bark pieces.

And then how do you manage to bend the stiff flower stem enough so that you can attach it to the dowel rod for upright growth? Starting with a crooked dowel and adding a crooked flower stem just doesn't seem right, so I give up and let mine hang naturally. :p

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