Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitos, "Mr. Green Thumb", for On Gardening. One of the tools that you need to have is stakes. Now if you got bamboo or you got cypress, it doesn't really matter, you need to make sure that when you use them, that you apply your little plant to them, tie them to it, and make sure you put your little plant ties to your stake, and then to your little plant. If you do that, you're going to keep your plant nice and straight. Many plants need to be staked; small trees, citrus trees, fruiting trees, oak trees. If they're not staked, they tend to go off in a bad direction. So keep your little bamboo stakes, or your cypress stakes, or whatever type of wood you're using, make sure you use it into the ground about 2 to 3 feet, and make sure you attach a good safe material like yarn, or something that's not going to hurt your plant when you do attach it to it. Today they've even got some of the Velcro twisty ties that you can put to the plant and keep your plant attached to your stake without making sure that you hurt your plant. Sounds kind of basic, but I've seen a lot of folks use wire and other things that eventually will wind up killing their plants because they didn't use basic 101, which is be safe with your little botanical buddies. For On Gardening, I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb".