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Posted 1M ago by @ModelLunacroton

Hi! I’m Jade and I just got my first Orchid, I need advic...

#PhalaenopsisOrchid
6ft to light, indirect
2” pot without drainage
Last watered 1 month ago
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I would never go with some random measurements. What works for me might not (in my case almost certainly will not) work for you. You will have a very different temperature and humidity in you room and also a very different medium in your pot.(Bark? Moss? Leca? A mix?). And maybe more or less time you are willing to spend watering them. Just water it and monitor what happens. The most important thing is not to overwater. This does not mean, you should not water it thoroughly when you do, but that it should not be wet for too long, I.e. it should have time for the roots to dry until the next watering. Some people dunk them in water for a good soak for a few minutes, some rinse the pot. Pure Bark for example benefits from a good soak, because it is not very water retentive. With moss however soaks up water very fast. Also you have to be very careful not to overwater with pure moss since it stores a lot of water for longer. Especially, if for example you have lower temperatures and higher relative humidity.
So It all depends on your surroundings and your watering schedule.
For more in-depth hands-on tutorials I can recommend miss orchid girl on youtube. She has great videos on a lot of topics regarding orchids
Phalaenopsis Orchid needs 0.8 cups of water every 9 days when it doesn't get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5.0" pot
@MusicalRedmint thank you so much for this much information, I seen they like 75* house temp for the summer in AC and 65* in the winter. The water semmed a bit damp so I’ll do it next week. But I need to know accurate measurement. The house is on 70* and she barely is getting any light.
The light is not generally a problem at first, it might be long term though because they grow even slower and might not bloom with insufficient light. Even a desk light will do in a pinch though. (Placed relatively close but not too close if it heats up.) The absolute temperature is not set in stone for most phals. More important seems to be that they get a relative cooldown in winter. But the 65 should then be plenty. What accurate measurement do you need, and do you mean the substrate is damp not the water?
If the substrate is damp, that is okay, just wait longer in between watering times. Though in the picture it looks a bit limp, so maybe a tad in need of water already.