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This is a discussion on How often to water? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; You don't need to remove the charcoal or stones (likely perlite). Just soak everything. Use ...

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    You don't need to remove the charcoal or stones (likely perlite). Just soak everything. Use warm water to help it along.

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    thanks ...how long do you soak it for?

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    Some say a couple hours, some say overnight. I try to keep some bark soaking all the time now.

    The warm water is supposed to help speed up absorption of moisture into the bark. I think my first repotting of phals, I didn't soak the bark long enough myself. The orchids suffered but are recovering now.

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    I would possibly soak it with hot water..~60 C over night.

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    Thank you both. I soaked the bark mixture overnight and re-potted the orchid today. I see a big difference already with the soaked bark. Normally, the bark looked almost dry a few hours later. Hopefully, I won't have to water it so much now. Thanks again!

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    Oh my God don't go separating everything from the medium - not unless you're ocd and have to! Seriously, everything in the medium can stand getting soaked and it's probably a good thing for all of it. Now, I have to say that when you pot orchids using a bark mix (or anything similar to it) it is essential that the roots are in INTIMATE contact with the roots, otherwise they can't adhere to them. If the media shifts or moves at all the bark will not be able to benefit by it. The way you insure this intimate contact is to press the mix firmly into the pot to the point that an orchid with any kind of decent root system will not move in there at all. Do not be gentle. Orchids and their roots are strong and will rebound from any minor damage that occurs during this. <I was the one selected to do potting demonstrations during all the orchid shows and such. I remember a couple of the women gasping at the way I treated these beautiful, sensitive plants.> Good luck in all your repotting endeavors and remember that orchids want to grow and bloom.

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    Yes, Wade, I am firm with my orchids when I pot in bark. I work it down in and around the roots until the plant feels firm and steady. I'm not as confident with LECA when I do them in S/H, but I still make sure its full and there is contact between the media and the roots. As long as I don't use something too fine with the Phals, I seem to do ok (or get a plant with some rot going on already).

    I suspect that your plant will be happier with bark that absorbs some of the water for it. Good luck and happy orchids!

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    Don't worry Wade, I did not separate the mixture.....I called it bark to be quick. I was afraid to pack it too hard as I do not have a lot of green roots but I did tap the pot so the mixture can get under the plant and in between the roots. As they tend to like moisture, I'm spritzing the leaves and the one aerial root with water every few days, whenever I remember. So far so good. Thanks for your good wishes Carol!

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