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This is a discussion on phals in coarse potting media within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; the roots still look ok and the new leaf is coming along nicely so will ...
the roots still look ok and the new leaf is coming along nicely so will see how it goes.
I've seen a video on the internet showing beginners a way to help them know when they need to water their Phals.
You can stick a wooden stake as close to the centre of the pot as possible and if you need to check whether or not the orchid needs watering you can just pull the stake out to check. If it is still moist it will mean your bark in the centre is also still moist so you will not need to water. If it is close to being dry then you can water.
After a while you will learn to know when to water and how many days until you need to water and will not longer need to use the stake anymore. But continue if you feel more comfortable leaving it there.
Sometimes the bark on the sides of the pot are dry because they are closer to the aeration holes but the centre can take a little while before it is dry.