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Old 05-19-2020, 02:08 PM
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I have found that the species Phals that I have grown are touchier about that drying out part than hybrids. For me, in the greenhouse they seem to do better in baskets than pots - but it's a humid environment and everything gets watered a lot. (Hybrid Phals get plastic pots, medium bark and are pretty much ignored and grow and bloom anyway)

The trick, with a mixed collection, is to find that sweet spot for each plant where the medium plus watering schedule gives the conditions that it wants - so that by tweaking the medium, different plants get a different effect while everything gets watered the same. With a small collection, you're OK making the water/not water decision each day. I have a large collection, I have found that if I make the right decision (pot/basket/mount, medium) at potting time every few years, then I don't worry about it, just run the sprinklers and each plant gets what it needs, even though plants that are growing in the same area have very different requirements.
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