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    Bought some premium grade orchid moss today, cuz I wanted to be brave and bold and try using a different mixture to grow with. Well I'm only potting one of my phals with it for now. I know not to let it dry out, so anyone have any other helpful suggestions with this stuff? Thanks!
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    on the conrtrary i thought that moss shud be allows to dry out......

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    I have a couple of Phals in moss and let them dry completely between waterings. I stick my finger in all the way to the bottom to make sure.

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    Also moss works best in small to medium-size pots. Large pots take too long to dry.

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    i've had pretty good luck with sphagnum moss, especially with phals, but it is very dry here and we get very little humidity. there are some tricks i have learned with moss. when potting up - make a tightly packed ball of the wet moss, that will fit into your pot. wrap the plant's roots around the outside of the ball, and then shove the whole mass into the pot. this is why they are often sold in those cheap smooshy plastic pots. you do not want the moss to go all the way to the top, as new roots grow, they will grow out, and you want them to tuck between the sides of the pot and the moss. this way the roots don't stay too wet, even if you overwater a little. the other secret - don't overwater!!! just give them a sip of water twice a week or so, so they don't get too dried out. you want the moss to be like a wet sponge that has been wrung out, damp, but not soggy, or the roots will rot. i am also switching to a combo of moss and loose tree fern fiber for my oncidiums. they were drying out and getting so shrivelled looking that i have decided to try adding moss. so far, so good, but their roots go into the moss, so i am using a mix instead of straight moss. and i keep them in clay pots, so they dry quicker than a plastic pot. it is really cutting down on the time i spend watering, as i can take a small jug of water around and give them all a sip instead of moving all the plants to the sink a few at a time and flooding them. for the winter, i really only have to water once a week now for the most part.

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    Thanks everyone
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    And just to be contrary ...

    I have several plants in straight sphag. If the plant is in a basket I tend to pack the moss tightly. However with my handful of masdies (in those plastic mesh pots) the moss is not tightly packed. If I use moss on a phal in a regular plastic pot, I do NOT pack the moss tightly-- I seem to have less issues if I don't. (So are you grinding your teeth yet? heh) Yes, here we have yet another example of: "What works for one might not work for another."

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    I put nearly all my plants in NZ sphagnum with large American sponge rock. I think what depends on how tightly you pack it is the thickness of the roots I,e' the thicker the roots the more air that particular plant will need---the small rooted ones require more water. So don't be afraid of sphagnum it's a wonderful potting medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    And just to be contrary ...

    I have several plants in straight sphag. If the plant is in a basket I tend to pack the moss tightly. However with my handful of masdies (in those plastic mesh pots) the moss is not tightly packed. If I use moss on a phal in a regular plastic pot, I do NOT pack the moss tightly-- I seem to have less issues if I don't. (So are you grinding your teeth yet? heh) Yes, here we have yet another example of: "What works for one might not work for another."
    I don't pack the moss tightly either. Personally I prefer Chilean to New Zealand.

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    I'm confused now!! I have been told by one person that sphagnum will rot my phals roots and another told me that sphagnum is a great way to "nurse" sick phals! Now I read the above and wonder if I should used a little sphagnum moss in with my orchid bark? Umm! Help!

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