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This is a discussion on Dendrobium kikis within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton Not saying Den. 's should not be mounted Monica. ...
quote "Personally, I put most Dendrobium keikis into very coarse Perlite "unquote
I've been using coarse Perlite for a couple of years now, and as you know by now I've been saying that it rains almost daily here in Kauai.
The downside to that is that any medium that consists of wood ie: bark breaks down too fast and is quickly followed by mold, mildew and fungus. I've lost several Cattleyas because of this so I switched.
The beauty of it is that it's almost impossible to over water, no ants making their nests into the medium, no snails, slugs and or centipedes. Best of all no more mold and fungus.
The downside is that it dries too fast on windy days, so I have to constantly monitor.
I buy the large bags and I use a 39 gallon garbage can where I dump the whole thing in, fill it with water and swish it around. This sinks the small dust particles which you don't want to breath. It's my potting soil for most everything except Phals.
My potting method: 8" Clay pot, 1" gravel a the bottom, fill it with coarse perlite to about 1 1/2" from the top, and top it off with either small lava rocks or pea gravel to keep the wind from blowing off the perlite.
I just may be in love. Beautiful orchid!