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Conflicting Dracula information

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm researching Dracula orchid media as I plan to repot in the next few months. Some websites state to repot in spaghnum with perlite while other suggest coconut husks or orchard bark, stalite, hydroton, and rice hulls. I live in a typically warm and humid environment (New Orleans )'so I'm unsure which one would work best: the moss or the bark mix. Currently the dracula is in moss which stays wet for a long time- haven't watered it in more than a week- as it's winter here and I can't get the temps in the grow room much above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Any suggestions?
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    Question 1: What does the plant want?

    Question 2: How do you provide it, under your conditions?

    What others do may be totally irrelevant, unless their condition match yours pretty closely.

    Being high-altitude plants, they will tend to prefer cool-intermediate conditions, which might be tough for someone in N.O., so something that evaporates quickly to provide some cooling might not be a bad idea.

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    Thanks Ray,
    Drac. Swamp fox Drac. cordobae parent has day temps of 90 and night temps of 70 Fahrenheit bella parent is a cooler Dracula by about 15 degrees so this orchid seems to be more of an intermediate temp orchid. I guess I should get it out of the moss for both evaporative cooling as well as our winter temps here as the moss stayed wet for over two weeks between watering. It's going to be near 60 Fahrenheit today but the past couple of days it has been 40 Fahrenheit and I've supplemented the grow room with extra heat to keep the plants near 60.
    Not sure if the long time it takes for the moss to dry could lead to rot on a Dracula or not. I just hope the new media doesn't keep the Dracula too dry in the summer.

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    My house is at 5658 feet elevation........

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    I grow my dracs and masdies in the basement were temps rarely exceed 65°f even on the hottest summer days, lows of 55°f in winter. Relative humidity is constant at around 55-65 percent in the grow case. I tryed sphagnum for a few years with little success, it was too wet or bone dry.... needless to say my plants suffered. After washing and soaking bark based mix from a well known big box store containing redwood, charcoal, and perlite for my paphs i noticed something. I had a good amount of very fine particles in the bottom of the bucket. I decided to use these fine particles to repot my dracs in, i couldn't be happier with the results! All my dracs had a new lease on life, within a week all plants had multiple new growths and roots filling there tiny pots. One plant in particular dracula octavioi i thought was going to be a loss after suffering for years in moss, now has 5-7 new growths and roots filling its pot after only a few weeks! I should also mention i grow in plastic pots.

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    Harvey I am lucky to be 7 feet above sea level on a good day.

    @ Jeremy,
    Thank you for the information. The media I have for the dracula is a bit finer which sounds like what you are describing from the bottom of the bucket. Hopefully my Dracula will respond like yours. It seems to be at least to me a faster growing orchid. It has grown quite a bit since I have received it. I am waiting for the spring to repot it because it hasn't outgrown its container yet.
    Thank you again.

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    Traci-
    I grew up in estuary Maryland so I spent many years near sea level myself.

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    Hi Traci. I have notice in our climate that moss typically causes more problems than it solves unless used for mounting. I don't have draculas as cool bloomers don't do well here, lol. I tried a Mas. once but....yea....no luck. I only have my dislike for moss to share with you today .

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    Thanks Kim, I am really hoping that the new media will help this Dracula. He looks really good right now but I am being super careful about the watering and checking on him. Of course it's winter so the temps haven't been out of the 60's right now.
    Harvey, Maryland sounds fun. I love the seafood on the coast but get a bit nervous when hurricanes are near. At least we have warning.

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