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Mix ingredients?

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    I'm just curious, with Traci's thread about bark. What type of mix do you all prefer? What is in them generally? Do you use different mixes for different genera? I was using a paph mix which contained bark, perlite, charcoal, and a tiny big to sphag. Now I've started using one that contains diatomite, CHC, perlite, and charcoal. So far I am liking it, it is easy to work with and the diatomite retains moisture well, but I only have a few plants in it. Most are in the latter. I have a bag of Phal mix, and also some general purpose, which both look pretty similar. Catts are in bark/perlite/charcoal mostly....

    I know a lot of you grow in s/h and we've had *that* mix discussion, so if you can shed light on other types of mixes, great!

    So, what's your pleasure? Inquiring minds want to know!

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    I use similar bark mix and works beautifully for my slippers. Whatever works for your plants, stick with that!

    I also add crushed eggshells to the bark mix.

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    Hi, sorry but I have heard of diatomite and don't really know what it is. What kind of orchids are grown in it?

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    Here is a link to a good info page on diatomite:

    Diatomite Info

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    What condition it is in & the type of orchid decides on what my orchids go in. I have medium bark, mixed bark (if I need small bark for smaller pots I just pick it out.) Sphag moss, osmondo (SP?) fiber, charcoal, sponge rock, alot of differnt things. I just mix it according to what the plants needs are. So far so good. And I am not terrified of sphag moss anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidTraci
    And I am not terrified of sphag moss anymore.
    Two thumbs up! I love sphag (for certain applications).

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    Traci, you're becoming a regular pro with this stuff!!

    Here, we use varying amounts and sizes of bark, charcoal, perlite (sponge rock) and coconut husk chips, depending on the moisture needs of the plant. The idea is to give each type enough moisture so that watering can be done all at once on a regular schedule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    Traci, you're becoming a regular pro with this stuff!!
    Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney
    Two thumbs up! I love sphag (for certain applications).
    I really was terrified of the stuff. I would see orchids at Target just drowning in it. Now I have made peace with it.

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    there's few things worse for orchids than a pot stuffed with decaying, compacted, anoxic sphag...but for keeping roots cool in the middle of summer, I don't know of anything better, short of ice cubes.

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