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    Ok, I found a smaller pot, however it's plastic, is that o.k.? I've had this orchid for 4 years, it was tall and healthy, never lost it's leaves before. I had it in a bathroom on the counter that had a frosted window, it bloomed 2 or 3 times a year. In my earlier posts, I had left it at a friends, (who knew nothing about orchids) and he had put it in a bowl of water in a very cool room on the floor with little sunlight. The picture to the left is when I brought it home and I transplanted it into a smaller pot. It had a new shoot, (left pic) but it turned brown and died. The taller spike on the left has a green tip on it. I live in Virginia and Spring is not until 3/21/12 that's 4 months without water? I really appreciate the information that you have provided. Thank you all!

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    Oh, one more question, I put pebbles in the bottom of the pots of my other plants to keep them from sitting it wet soil, should I do this for the orchids? I now have 3 moth orchids including the den which totals 4. This is an addicting hobby. LOL

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    I'm just hopping in here, to add my 2 cents. All my dends. are in plastic pots, with the exception of Dend. kingianum which are in terracotta. They do well in plastic pots, keep the dends. snug, they are much happier. But remember, plastic heats up when the weather does, so remember to water the dends. when they look like they are shrivelling. Don't fret so much about your orchids. Now you are in the winter season over there, you must still give some water to them, maybe on a fortnightly basis. You have got to think about orchids in the wild, growing on trees, they still get moisture from rain, dew, etc.. You could put pebbles in the base of the pots, would help drainage and keep the pot stable. Best of luck.

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    Oh, thank you sooo much! What is a fortnight basis?

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    Okay, once a fortnight. As I said don't fret, just keep it from drying out too much. Try to keep it simple. Don't overwet the dendrobiums in winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowghost45 View Post
    Ok, I found a smaller pot, however it's plastic, is that o.k.? I've had this orchid for 4 years, it was tall and healthy, never lost it's leaves before. I had it in a bathroom on the counter that had a frosted window, it bloomed 2 or 3 times a year. In my earlier posts, I had left it at a friends, (who knew nothing about orchids) and he had put it in a bowl of water in a very cool room on the floor with little sunlight. The picture to the left is when I brought it home and I transplanted it into a smaller pot. It had a new shoot, (left pic) but it turned brown and died. The taller spike on the left has a green tip on it. I live in Virginia and Spring is not until 3/21/12 that's 4 months without water? I really appreciate the information that you have provided. Thank you all!

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    Oh, one more question, I put pebbles in the bottom of the pots of my other plants to keep them from sitting it wet soil, should I do this for the orchids? I now have 3 moth orchids including the den which totals 4. This is an addicting hobby. LOL
    Being of nobile heratige, it will be happy with a dribble every few weeks, but yea, 4 months is fine.

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    Wow, had no idea that orchids needed so little water. While we are on the subject of watering what about moth orchids? I accidentally knocked one of mine over and discovered that the roots were mushy and rotten. I purchased it in a plastic pot, hence my wariness of plastic pots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowghost45 View Post
    Wow, had no idea that orchids needed so little water. While we are on the subject of watering what about moth orchids? I accidentally knocked one of mine over and discovered that the roots were mushy and rotten. I purchased it in a plastic pot, hence my wariness of plastic pots.

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    All orchids require different watering regimes-moth orchids need it moist, but not damp, and like most orchids, the NEVER like to be placed in water like a houseplant. Water the moth orchid when the top looks dry and run the water through the pot by standing it under a faucet. drain for about 30 minutes.

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    OK, However, that is why I don't like these plastic pots that they are sold in. No drainage holes. I prefer clay pots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowghost45 View Post
    OK, However, that is why I don't like these plastic pots that they are sold in. No drainage holes. I prefer clay pots.
    If you go to a garden centre, there should be plenty of plastic pots available for sale with drainage holes in the bottom-dont dish the plastic pots because the ones from the shops have no holes in them-they like the look of the pretty pot covers lol. They are great for orchids.

    just my two cents worth
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    Will I have problems with root rot in a plastic pot even with drainage holes.

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