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Orchid mediums (General info and your comments welcome!)

This is a discussion on Orchid mediums (General info and your comments welcome!) within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Different growers with different conditions will give you different advice. You do have to experiment. ...

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    Different growers with different conditions will give you different advice. You do have to experiment. That's why we all have orchids that have died.

    For phals I use a mix of fine bark, perlite, small charcol (cause it comes in the mix) and then I add about 10% chopped sphag. My phals seem okay with it, including the ones that have arrive in pure sphag. If I leave a phal in sphag I will kill it.

    For catts I use bark, with the size dependent on the size of the catt. Big catts, large bark with some perlite and or charcol chunks. Medium and mini catts get medium bark with perlite and/or charcol. No moss of any kind for them. A couple of my catts are cliff dwellers in the wild and they are growing in rocks.

    All orchids tend to sulk a little when they get a new environment, give them a chance to "get over it". I've had catts sulk for a year after up-potting them. But they have eventually all adapted and stay healthy. That's what works for me, growing indoors under flourescent lights, with humidity going from sometimes 20% up to 65%... I do my best to keep it at 40 - 50% with good air circulation.

    Good luck with yours. Always a fun excuse to buy a couple cheap noids to experiment with different mixes.

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    Hehe. Thanks, Diane. Unfortunately, I'm the type that would mourn the loss of any noid... or anything else, really. Even my hated overgrown aloe plant or the cat nip plants that my cats end up stripping of leaves and starving to death... I'm just a softie like that. .... I did buy a fluorescent grow-light this evening to supplement the east window (mostly for a little boost on my catts).

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