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This is a discussion on what and how within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; My nephew sent me this orchid...it is just beautiful! I have a couple questions, though...the ...

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    My nephew sent me this orchid...it is just beautiful! I have a couple questions, though...the flower shop failed to leave an identification tag and it is planted in moss. I have never used moss (can't tell when its time to water - its been a week or so and the medium is still damp), so my questions: what is it and how do I handle the moss thing?

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    I know the nursery that this came from and it has been slip potted.

    Do you have other orchids? I recommend getting them all in the same type of medium so watering is easier. Many of us use a bark mix which the orchid nursery in Louisville sells by the gallon bag.

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    It is a member of the Phalaenopsis family the full name is hard to tell and you will probably never find out unless you can contact the vendor who might know. Most Phals are grown in sphagnum moss and is a great way to keep moisture in the pot, I see dark green roots in the moss and that is what you are looking for to tell you when to water, when they start to turn grey then it is time to water. If you want to take it out of the moss you may do so after the flowers have gone, use a good media mix that is bagged for Phals. Keep water out of the top of the plant as it could cause rot if the water sits there, really all you need to do is water the moss till water runs out of the bottom of the pot in a stead stream, let it drain well and never allow water to collect in the bottom if you use a saucer underneath.

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    Good advice from the both of them. The Phalaenopsis looks very healthy indeed.

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