Answer: Yours is a terrestrial orchid and can be grown on a bark slab or in a pot. Terrestrial orchids love to be in finer bark mixes such as redwood fiber or peat moss. This makes watering a critical situation, and done very carefully to avoid turning the mix sour and/or rotting the roots. These type of orchids still love water, though. You simply water heavily first, then by careful observation, water again only when material becomes dry a considerable distance down the pot. Then, water only enough to dampen the material and watch out that you do not keep it soggy wet, particularly in the bottom of the pot. If you decide to allow your plant to root on a slab of bark, you can provide adequate moisture by periodically immersing the slab in water.
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