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Default Potinara Red Crab 'Kuau Miau' AM/AOS

This orchid is an intermittent bloomer that springs out spike on every new lead.
I give this a constant temperature 55F at night to 80F in the day, partial sun, on the eastern facing kitchen window sill.
I have a humidifier that is set 60% or higher that depends on the season (winter is very dry and in the summer we have high humidity in Manhattan)
I water this until potting medium reach almost dryness because this plant has more susceptibility to root rot; and water regimen usually every 7-10 days that I thoroughly saturate with the faucet in full throttle flowing under the sink.
I cut off old flower spikes after flowering is complete.
I repot every 12-18 months and make sure they are held tightly within the pot so it doesn’t wobble and disturb the roots since this is a very important aspect of Potinara culture. Light is the next important aspect. If you observe that the plant is declining, the reason might be: generally the root system has been lost.










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Gorgeous bloom! Is this potted right into the vase? I assume you have holes in it then?? Looks great!
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Beautiful color!
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Thank You, silken!!!!
Yes I drilled holes under the glass vase; I have to pot it in a heavy steady container plus monitor the root growth; because the longest leaf I have is already a foot long and it is becoming top heavy. The flower itself is five and a half inches in diameter and this can grow into a big plant soon.

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Thank You, for the visit and your kindness Monika !
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Stunning!

You said you drilled holes in the bottom of the glass vase? This is something I've been contemplating doing, but have not yet built up the courage to try thinking I will shatter the whole thing. Can you do that at home yourself with a normal drill? What kind of 'drill bit' do you use? Those for metal or those for concrete, or are there specific ones for glass...?
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Gorgeous, Bud and I like the very original and creative potting.
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Thank You kindly, Ron !

@Silje....I chose an ordinary vase sold in flower shops and used a half inch diamond coated drillbit(you can find this in any hardware stores), if you go to YouTube you can search glass hole drilling videos but I use a pail of water then immerse the glass vase upside down where it has 1/4 inch water above the bottom of the vase and I start drilling using a battery operated drill(electricity and water is dangerous)this is a recharcheable battery that comes with the drill....when I learned how to drill holes in glass I started potting some of my orchids in glass so I can monitor the root growth=I have to fush once a month for algae ....since I have observed algae on some of the roots then I flush everything even the clay pots since I know algae is in my environment
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