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Orchid in glass vase...

Hello, someone gave me these beautiful orchids. She said she bought them from a store as is but wouldn't tell me where she bought it as it was a gift . However I suspect the plant didn't grow in this medium, as a week after the purchase, the buds start to wrinkle..

Should I change the vase and put some regular orchid bark on this beauty???

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Hi!

What kind of media is the orchid in right now? from the picture both those look to be a soil type consistency, in which case you definitely will need to change the medium to keep the plants alive. For phals I recommend a coarse bark medium. And either way, I would definitely change the container they are in. Glass looks lovely, but there looks to be no drainage, and not any kind of barrier between the orchids and the bottom of the container, where excess water will pool and rot the roots.

Go with your intuition and pot in something that offers drainage, and use an orchid bark.

Good luck, those phals are beautiful!
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What kind of media is the orchid in right now? from the picture both those look to be a soil type consistency, in which case you definitely will need to change the medium to keep the plants alive. For phals I recommend a coarse bark medium. And either way, I would definitely change the container they are in. Glass looks lovely, but there looks to be no drainage, and not any kind of barrier between the orchids and the bottom of the container, where excess water will pool and rot the roots.

Go with your intuition and pot in something that offers drainage, and use an orchid bark.

Good luck, those phals are beautiful!


Thanks!! Here is a closer look at the medium. It's actually moss and soil.. not the best combination...
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Yikes! Yeah.. I'd pull those orchids out of there, rinse the soil off and stick them in some orchid mix right away.
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Yeah, looks like these are potted this way for aesthetic only. If you're interesting in saving them remove them from the soil and pot them up in orchid mix. When you remove them take a photo of the roots, hopefully some still exist. You'll want to find a suitable pot for the root size. So posting a photo will help determine the size.
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Yes, re-pot, into something chunky like bark.

I have a strong preference for terracotta pots with Phals, after trying plastic pots and net pots. The roots just grow better, IMO, and you end up with a healthier plant.
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The plants still look pretty healthy, as far as I can tell from the pictures, so I'm hoping they haven't been potted like that for long. If they haven't been in there too long, the roots will probably still be okay, but you need to get them out of that soil asap. Like everybody else said, a bark mix is the standard and typically best choice. Some people like sphagnum moss for Phals, but it's always a disaster for me lol
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