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    I recently purchased 2 orchids that were both potted in coconut husk fiber. Is this a suitable medium for long term or should I repot immediately in a more suitable medium for each plant? If I do keep them as is, do I mist frequently or drench? I tried drenching but there is no moisture retention that I can see. This medium is foreign to me, but I am hesitant to repot right now as both plants are in spike and I don't want to shock either into bud blast, but I don't want to kill the plants either by leaving them if they need to be repotted. HELP!!!!

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    Don't be afraid of conconut husk fiber. No need to rush to do repotting right now coz your new plants in spike may get shock & set back for a while. Just let them bloom first. Meanwhile, you can control watering if media is retaining too much water & protect from rain.

    You can safely repot once blooming finished. And keep them in bright shade & sparingly water it. I don't know what your orchids are, some prefer to dry out faster while some need to keep moist. Depends on your orchids genre you can choose suitable media for each of them.

    Happy growing.

    Btw, what orchid are they? Some orchids

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    I use most of my medium are coconut chips so far no problem during hot/summer watering twice a day depend what type of orchids, I agree with cucubirds just enjoy the flowers first later you can transfer.

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    Coconut husk fiber - a.k.a."Gorilla Hair" - is a great medium for plants that need a great deal of air around the roots. I have several vandas in baskets with it as the medium. It secures them well without being a soppy sump.

    As a general comment: "is this a suitable medium" can only be evaluated if you include thinking about the needs of your plant and how the medium will interact with your growing conditions and watering habits. Because the the differences in those, what's great for one grower might mean sure plant death for another.

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    Coconut husk is not my preferred medium, but for the few that I have purchased that came in husks, it is suitable for those plants that like to be watered and dried quickly (eg. cattleyas). Actually, what I have found is that the roots like the course fibers and it gives them something to hold on to and secure themselves. You are probably fine until after blooming and then you can report, if necessary, when the time is right. Ray's general comment is correct; anticipate the needs of the orchid that will be required to be in balance with the husks.

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    One is a phalaenopsis pulchemmira and the other is an oncidium twinkle. I repotted the phal already but will leave the oncidium for now.

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    Make sure you have good air circulation

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    As a general comment: "is this a suitable medium" can only be evaluated if you include thinking about the needs of your plant and how the medium will interact with your growing conditions and watering habits. Because the the differences in those, what's great for one grower might mean sure plant death for another.
    That sums it all up in a nutshell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    That sums it all up in a nutshell.
    Exactly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    That sums it all up in a nutshell.
    Ditto.

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