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Orchids in moss

This is a discussion on Orchids in moss within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi! I recently bought a few orchids plants, just the type they sell at box ...

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    Default Orchids in moss

    Hi!
    I recently bought a few orchids plants, just the type they sell at box stores (I think Dendrobium Red Empress? Something typical, anyway). They are past their prime, so were on sale, and I wanted to take a shot at growing them properly.
    They are currently potted in clay pots, and the potting medium seems to be a soft beige moss of some sort.
    I bought some orchid planting medium.
    Should I re-pot them with the new orchid medium?

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    Default Your choice!

    It's your choice to repot them or not. Personally, I would only repot if the moss is really black looking or old, smelly and nasty. You said "beige" so without a picture I'm assuming it's okay.

    Let the moss almost dry before watering again...and let it dry more-so if the temperatures are cool. A picture would help...

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    I agree, I grow quite a few things in Sphagnum moss

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    I dont' believe it's sphag... let me take a pic

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    Here's a picture of the moss... and the flower
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    Hi Zoe,
    Your orchid is in spag and is a phalaenopsis, not a dendrobium. If the flower is finished, I would repot to make sure the roots are good. (but I always repot everything I bring home...lol)

    Cheers,
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    Should I wait till the flowers die to repot it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe View Post
    Should I wait till the flowers die to repot it?
    Yes.

    Cheers,
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