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New Orchid Potting Question

This is a discussion on New Orchid Potting Question within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just purchased two new Orchids (Dendrobium and Oncidium), and they came in tall closed ...

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    I just purchased two new Orchids (Dendrobium and Oncidium), and they came in tall closed pots, covered with sphagnum moss, so I cannot see the roots at all. I normally keep my orchids in pots with holes in them. Should I switch the Orchids into new pots or keep them in the closed pots? Thanks in advance for any advice!

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    Switch them into free draining pots. The roots will rot otherwise.

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    I always repot my new acquisitions. That way you can check the root health, and put them up in a media YOU are successful with. Drainage is a big issue- they were probably put in solid pots so they wouldnt wet on the table and were sold with the idea of them being disposed after flowering anyhow- but they will rot if their pots and media aren't free draining. Are these your first orchids?

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    Thank you!

    ---------- Post added at 10:15 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:09 PM ----------

    They aren't my first, but I'm easily as unsuccessful as any beginner, sadly. I usually buy my orchids in clear plastic pots, with drainage, so it's not an issue. But I bought these on impulse in a grocery store and they came in these awful pots. I will repot them, thanks much for the advice!

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