Grow Moss is actually a long fiber sphagnum peat moss. Sphagnum moss is becoming more popular as a growing medium. It holds large amounts of water, including mineral nutrients, while still providing good aeration to the root system. Plants grown in moss also tend to keep their roots inside the pot for a longer period of time than traditional orchid mixes. Additionally, it enables less frequent watering, about watering every 10-14 days depending on your home (or as long as it takes for the moss to dry out slightly).
Moss works very well for Phalaenopsis, especially their seedlings and smaller sized plants, that are grown in warm climates. Experienced growers may also want to use this with their other terrestrial orchids.
So which medium is best to repot in, Grow Moss or Fine Grade Orchid Mix? The answer is, it depends. If you enjoy Phalaenopsis and prefer to water less frequently, then choose grow moss. If you are in a cooler climate then it may be more ideal to use our Fine Grade Grow Mix.
Even more simply, if you prefer to continue with your current watering routine, then repot your healthy Phalaenopsis into the same type medium it is currently growing.
Directions for use:
Before your begin, select a new pot with good drainage that is about 1-2 inches larger than the current one. You should also wet the moss.
Step 1: Remove the orchid carefully from it's pot and loosen old moss or mix. It is normal to see a a few very soft, brown dead roots which should be cut off.
Step 2: Make a firm round ball of damp moss about 1/3 the size of the new container and place directly underneath your orchid. Wrap additional moss firmly around the outside roots to the size of the new container.
Step 3: Position a Phalaenopsis in the center of the pot. Other orchids should be positioned with the oldest growth to the pot's edge. Slide the moss ball into the pot. Work additional moss into the sides until the plant until the plant sits firmly inside the pot. Water heavily.
Remember to feed with Gubler's Pro Blend Orchid food to encourage new growth and future blooms.