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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:00 pm 
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Hello,

I have a Moth Orchid that now needs re-potting after 2 years as it now is basically growing in no bark medium at all.
I'd like to use a really nice glass orchid vase that has no drainage holes.
Will a vase like this be suitable if I make sure there is a deep layer of suitable pebble/stone at the bottom and be very careful never to overwater...?.


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Nothing to stop you trying it!! If ,after a while, it doesn't look right then repot in a good phaleanopsis compost. Good luck Zen1.

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I wouldn't do it but as Ed says you will lose nothing by trying and could report back to us on the results. I would think that very soon the bottom of the vase will grow algae and look unsightly if it is clear glass. If coloured it would not be such a problem.

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Thank you....I'll give it a go and see how the plant responds.
It's a translucent coloured vase that is tall enough to take a decent layer of gravel/stones in the bottom....if I'm super careful with the watering I might get just get away with it...!!...I was hoping someone here might have already tried potting in this way.
I'll let you know what happens........:-)


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Well in the end I chickened out and repotted into a plastic pot that fits inside the vase...:-)...however I don't think I'm over watering but am rather concerned the leaves are curling up.
From the photo does the plant look ok for this time of the year..or does it have issues..?.


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In my experience this seems to happen when underwatering- or regular (just enough to keep it alive watering) though that may not be your case.
Nowadays I give mine a good soak (15-20 mins) then let them dry out before the next watering (bearing in mind that the "core" will be more damp than the outside media.
They are all 5+ yrs old and good solid "straight" leaves.
Glad you skipped the just glass vase- didn't work well for me- the maintenance is massive.
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Barnie...

Thanks for your thoughts... much appreciated.

The chippings the plant is in do seem to dry out quickly and there are a lot of air spaces between them to facilitate this.
From what you are saying I reckon I've been under watering as I've been mostly spraying the surface and only occasionally actually watering which then runs though and out the bottom instantly.
I'll try your soak method and then let it dry out completely a bit like I do with my cactus during the growing season.

Yes I decided the vase was far too risky ...the plant was one of my first presents to my good Lady..!!... :romance-kisslips:

Thank you again for the fast response...:-)



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Barnie..

One more question if I may...

Are you also misting the leaves at all...?


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Hi, Zen. no worries, ask away. I randomly mist the leaves, but I do mist and wipe down the leaves every couple or three wks removing dust due to them being indoors- my thinking is along the lines of; being a low light plant a layer of dust will lower light levels even further- than opposed to a high light level plant the difference would be less !!!
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The overall humidity might be a bit low, grown in high humidity both the roots and leaves grow really fast and much healthier. Ok hard to do in a living room, but you can help the roots by including some moisture holding material in with the bark.



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