Conflicting watering info on phalaenopsis
I'm trying to find the best way to water my phalaenopsis but to my dismay I keep finding conflicting information concerning the best watering practices. I understand there are many variables at play that change the frequency and amount of water, and I guess that's what's throwing me off.
First let me start by saying my house is very dry. The reading on my hygrometer is usually around 40. The phalaenopsis I have is planted in bark which is inside a plastic container which then sits inside a decorative pot. (was a just add ice orchid). Because the inside pot is clear I can see how damp (or not) the roots are.
My concern is that watering once a week is not enough due to all of my reading saying that the roots should never completely dry out.
When I water, I soak the whole thing in water for a good five to ten mintues then I let all of the water drain out. The bark is dry within two days. The very botton is still wet, but the roots don't go down to the bottom. They only reach half way down into the bark. So even though the bottom of the medium is wet down by the drainage holes, there are no parts of the plant that touch the moisture. It's just sitting up on top......dry.
This is what is throwing me off. Should I increase the frequency of watering? I've read a ton of posts but none seem to mirror what my plant situation is like......
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm not going to even start worrying about getting it to bloom again if I can't get the watering nailed down!!