OUR ORCHID MIX INGREDIENTS
Since first introduced into the US from New Zealand more than 15 years ago, Orchiata orchid bark has been trusted by even the pickiest orchid hobbyists and commercial growers. Orchiata biggest advantage over a regular orchid bark is it lasts for much longer. When using regular orchid bark, we usually have to repot our orchids every year. With Orchiata bark, we only need to do it once every 4-5 years. It is even longer than that when the bark is used along with wood baskets. Orchiata bark can be used as a standalone potting medium. It can be also blended with several growing media to make an even better orchid mix. For the first a couple of months in use, Orchiata stays relatively dry. It does not absorb much water. However, it holds up water very well after that, providing a humid and stable environment for your orchid roots to thrive.
Spagmoss Premier from Besgrow has the highest quality in the market. This AAA grade sphagnum moss has length of at least 6 inch for 50% of the product. After being harvested the moss is gone thought a thorough cleaning and drying process to remove all contamination, making it super clean. As sphagnum moss can absorb and retain a lot of water, it is great for seedlings, which a more stable growing condition. The moss can also stimulate new root growth on newly repotted orchids. It can be used as a stand-alone orchid medium or added to orchid mix to make it more water retentive. When repotting our orchids, we usually add a thin layer of moss on top of wood baskets or plastic pot, which always dries faster than the bottom, to create a more uniform humidity distribution. Depending on your growing conditions, this moss can last up to 4-5 years.
Horticultural charcoal is proven to be a very effective additive to orchid mixes. It helps absorb impurities in water and fertilizers. It does not break down over time. In high humidity areas such as Florida and Hawaii, charcoal can be even used as a stand-alone orchid growing medium. Our premium charcoal is produced specifically for orchids. It is made of hardwood without any chemical and additive. When repoting our orchids we usually add a thin layer of coarse horticulture charcoal at the bottom of the pot/basket. It is to prevent root rot as charcoal absorb very little water.
Perlite and Hydroton
Like horticulture charcoal, perlite and clay pebbles do not break down over time. Thanks to their excellent air holding capacity, they are usually added to orchid mixes to in a small amount to improve drainage and prevent root rot. They should not be used as a stand-alone orchid media as they are very lightweight, and thus do not provide a firm/stable substrate for orchid roots to establish. We carry coarse perlite (#4) by Mother Earth and the original expanded clay pebbles from Hydroton, which are the best perlite and clay pebbles available for orchid growers.
|MODEL||SIZE||NOTE||PRICE||QTY.||ADD TO CART|
|Orchiata #1||1 gallon||Precision 1/4" – fine orchid bark||$15.00|
|Orchiata #2||1 gallon||Classic 3/8" – fine medium bark||$15.00|
|Orchiata #3||1 gallon||Power 1/2" – medium bark||$15.00|
|Orchiata #4||1 gallon||Power plus 3/4" – medium coarse bark||$15.00|
|Orchiata #5||1 gallon||Super 1" – coarse orchid bark||$15.00|
|CHAR-1||1 gallon||Horticultural charcoal 3/8"- fine medium||$18.00|
|CHAR-2||1 gallon||Horticultural charcoal 3/4"- medium coarse||$18.00|
|HYDR-1||1 gallon||Hydroton original clay pebbles||$14.00|
|PERL-1||1 gallon||Horticultural perlite 1/2" – coarse||$14.00|
|MOSS-1||150 grams (12L)||New Zealand sphagnum moss – AAA grade||$35|
|Orchiata #1||40 liter bag||Precision 1/4" – fine orchid bark||$89.00|
|Orchiata #2||40 liter bag||Classic 3/8" – fine medium bark||$89.00|
|Orchiata #3||40 liter bag||Power 1/2" – medium bark||$89.00|
|Orchiata #4||40 liter bag||Power plus 3/4" – medium coarse bark||$89.00|
|Orchiata #5||40 liter bag||Super 1" – coarse orchid bark||$89.00|
If you do not want to order the potting media and blend them yourself, let us do it for you. Our premium orchid mixes are hand blended using the above top-quality ingredients. We come up with the mixing ratio based on literature research (including AOS magazine, orchid forums, and local orchid societies) and our own orchid growing experience. The orchid mixes range from a very fine one (the most water retentive) to a very coarse one (the least water retentive). This makes our orchid mixes suitable for most (if not all) of orchids available today including Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Oncidium, Dendrobium, Cymbidium, and Vanda.
|MIX||ORCHIATA BARK||CHARCOAL||PERLITE||HYDROTON||SPHAGNUM MOSS|
|#1||70% (#2)||15% (#1 fine)||10%||5%||15 grams/gallons|
|#2||60% (#2)||20% (#1 fine)||10%||10%||7 grams/gallons|
|#3||60% (#3)||20% (#2 coarse)||10%||10%||0%|
|#4||50% (#4)||25% (#2 coarse)||15%||10%||0%|
|#5||40% (#5)||35% (#2 coarse)||15%||10%||0%|
|MODEL||SIZE||NOTE||PRICE||QTY.||ADD TO CART|
|MIX #1||1 gallon||Super high moisture retention mix||$17|
|MIX #2||1 gallon||High moisture retention orchid mix||$17|
|MIX #3||1 gallon||Medium moisture retention orchid mix||$17|
|MIX #4||1 gallon||Low medium moisture retention orchid mix||$17|
|MIX #5||1 gallon||Low moisture retention orchid mix||$17|
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