I went out and bought some run of the mill 'orchid mix' @ Home Depot and even added some perlite to help with aeration and drainage. I read up a bunch and tried to keep my slippers moist (not soggy) as recommended in countless web posts/articles, but unfortunately had to learn my 'you get what you pay for' lesson the hard way. My paph's medium was smelly and rotten: My paph's roots are toast: I've since switched all my orchids over to Orchiata (classic). Not only does it look better in those fancy clear pots, but drains super fast and is super light in weight. However, I am now struggling keeping my orchids hydrated. Maybe it's just the dry winter air? They're too bloody expensive for a trial and error period and I don't want to allow my roots to rot out ever ever again. I am wondering if someone could tell me what's TOO DRY and what's TOO WET? I'm a visual person so hoping someone could comment on the pics below or post pics of their own that illustrates happy plants vs soggy rotten hot mess. This is a phrag in a 4" pot. I was told to keep phrags wet-ish. The sphag top dress is moist as well as the medium along the sides of the pot. Is this ok for the phrag or should the pot be sitting in water? This is a paph in a 4" pot. The sphag top dress is almost completely dry and it looks like the medium is or is almost completely dry along the sides of the pot. I watered day before yesterday. Do I need to keep my paph pot looking like my phrag pot above or can I get away with watering x1 week? Orchiata (classic) is new to me and I am unsure how dry it gets or how wet it remains in the middle where the roots are. Your input is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.