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    Question need help with my new addition

    Hello orchid experts! I am asking for your help and to share your knowledge and experience with newbie with orchid’s especially small size.
    I just got my order and do not know what to do. I purchased the following plants:
    Ascocenda Bigness X Korb Fah
    Vanda Pure's Wax
    Rhynchostylis gigantea 'Orange'
    Phalaenopsis Tien Nong Stripe X

    I know that I can grow all vandaceous in a vanda basket with out substrate (please correct me if I am wrong), but
    I am confused with this size of plants I got. May I put it in a basket without substrate, or
    Do I have to pot it in a substrate? I am attaching the pictures so you can visualize the size.
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    I would use S/H at this point until you get some more root growth. The second choice is a small clay pot with small size orchid bark. Just MHO.

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    Thank you ischel1. What MHO stands for?

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    MHO is short for 'My Honest Opinion'. Plants this small will need a more constatnt moisture level than a plain basket without substrate could provide. You could try a small basket with some small amount of sphagnum moss lightly tucked around the roots. Or the Semi/Hydroponics that ischel suggests, or a small clay pot with large bark. Good luck whatever way you choose and keep us up to date with photos of these babies!

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    Thank you so much Cindiras. Now I feel much better with all help I got. I will post a picture once I get it done right. I have a long way to go to see the blooms, but it is OK, this is the only way I can afford these beautiful plants and blooms will bring more happiness.

    Helen.

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    Helen and patience! They are small seedlings and will take quite a few years to bloom. For fairly new growers I usually recommend blooming or near blooming sized plants.

    What area or country do you grow in?

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    Hi Helen! I hope you have some blooming size plants so that you can enjoy some color while waiting on those little ones to mature and bloom for you. It is always fun to get an orchid and take it through to blooming. Welcome!

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    Hi Everybody! Thank you again for your help.
    Ron-NY, I am in Tampa, FL but originally form Ukraine. I know I need a lot of patience, I learned it in USA xa-xa. I did not expect seedling when I was buying. The seller described “small plants in 4” pot” so I did not expect to be neither blooming size nor seedlings, but I hope I can grow them.
    Brutal Dreamer I have couple dendrobium from big box store and it is blooming already 4 months. Another plant I got from a big box store is Beallara Marfitch and it is setting bud right now, so I hope it will bloom.

    Helen

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    Helen Florida is an excellent place for growing vandaceous orchids

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