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How to care for Mokara Red X Mokara Chin Oan?

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    Question How to care for Mokara Red X Mokara Chin Oan?

    Hi everyone! I received an orchid as a free gift in the mail recently (it came with an order of orchids). It was unidentified except by a little ID number, and initially I thought it was a Vanda. Today I was able to find the ID number on the company's website, and it turns out the little guy is a Mokara, not a Vanda.

    The cross is Mokara Red X Mokara Chin Oan. I haven't been able to find out much about the care of Mokaras online. Everything just says to put them in an Eastern window so they get early morning sun, but besides that I can't find much. They are considered part of the Vandaceous group, so should I mostly just treat it like a Vanda? Does anyone know what type of media these like to be grown in? Thanks!

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    Just like a vanda.

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    As Gage suggests - just like a vanda. Mokara's are sun lovers and really appreciate plenty of light to reach their full potential. Mokara's are one of the mainstays of our Malaysian and Singapore cut flower trade and are grown in full sun on large orchid farms.BTW Mokara = Arachnis x Ascocentrum x Vanda. I am not sure about the parentage of your plant as I've not heard of those names before. However there is a well known Mkra Mak Chin On and yours may be red variety of it?

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    i live in a coastal desert area, so i get mild temps, and the one i have grown for maybe 16 years or so stays outside most of the year. they are very tough plants. it gets early am sun, and very bright light all day. full sun here would fry it eventually. even with some shade cloth i still get yellowwish leaves sometimes. i use large bark chips in a plastic pot. it blooms a couple times a year, and the flowers last over a month. i fertilize once week, weakly. it gets mister sprayed every other day or so, it has a lot of aerial roots. the bark gets watered twice a week in warm weather, and once a week in cool weather, and no water in cold weather. it dries out quickly.

    but depending on how you grow it, and your area, you might be able to mount it to cork, or set it in a vanda basket with little to no bark at all. some people in europe grow these in glass vases with nothing else. they fill the glass with water, dump it out, and set it back in the window. they and other vandas seem pretty adaptable as long as they get the right light and water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    i live in a coastal desert area, so i get mild temps, and the one i have grown for maybe 16 years or so stays outside most of the year. they are very tough plants. it gets early am sun, and very bright light all day. full sun here would fry it eventually. even with some shade cloth i still get yellowwish leaves sometimes. i use large bark chips in a plastic pot. it blooms a couple times a year, and the flowers last over a month. i fertilize once week, weakly. it gets mister sprayed every other day or so, it has a lot of aerial roots. the bark gets watered twice a week in warm weather, and once a week in cool weather, and no water in cold weather. it dries out quickly.

    but depending on how you grow it, and your area, you might be able to mount it to cork, or set it in a vanda basket with little to no bark at all. some people in europe grow these in glass vases with nothing else. they fill the glass with water, dump it out, and set it back in the window. they and other vandas seem pretty adaptable as long as they get the right light and water.
    Thanks! I have been experimenting with potting techniques, and I recently switched to LECA pellets on the advice of another member here who has been growing Vandas in an apartment in New York. The Mokara seems VERY happy in the pellets. I put it in an Eastern window so it gets full morning sun, and then it gets a break in the early afternoon...then I move it to a West window for the rest of the afternoon, where it gets bright sunlight filtered through a sheer curtain. It has perked up nicely. I water it every other day, and I just fertilized it for the first time this week. I like the idea of the LECA pellets because they dry out so quickly...that will be helpful in the fall and winter when it's cooler. I have to be vigilant with my plants in bark because if we have a cool, cloudy, rainy week here, no bright sunlight gets in the house and the air stays damp. I've already found mold growing in my bark after a particularly wet week. I've never lost a plant from root rot, but if the bark is retaining that much moisture in my climate, then I definitely don't want to subject my Mokara to that.

    The vase idea would be interesting to try, but it seems a bit high-maintenance. And I have absolutely no desire to try growing one in a basket...I'd have to bring it inside for the winter and I'd end up soaking my carpet with each watering! Anyway, I'm quite happy with the LECA pellets and anticipate them performing well when it's cool and damp too. I'm even toying with the idea of potting some of my other orchids in the pellets to avoid the mold problem altogether. But since this is my first vandaceous orchid, I'll be thrilled in I can bloom the little guy!

    Thanks for the encouragement! :-)

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