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Potting Media Question

This is a discussion on Potting Media Question within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was wondering how many of you make your own potting mixture? Do you use ...

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    Question Potting Media Question

    I was wondering how many of you make your own potting mixture? Do you use this for all of your orchid species? If anyone has a "recipe" they wish to share, I would love to hear it. All I can find easily is a rather fine mix from one of the major commercial companies. The orchids I order have this large easily drained media and it isn't for sale anywhere I can find it. Plus it might be interesting to hear the different ideas.

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    Hmmmm! My local big box store has fir bark in bags as well as orchidbark mix. I don't use the orchidbark mix with the orchids I have as I find it to be too fine a mix, breaks down too soon. I will PM you the store name so youcan check to see if they have bark available in your area, too. Mostly I use LECA (porcelaine clay balls) in a semi-hydro set up.

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    We make our own mix here. You can see the recipies on the RVO Orchid care pages or in the OrchidTalk youtube channel videos.

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    Hi Jonada here are links to a media which I make based on coconut husk chips, charcoal and styrofoam. I use it for all my Catts which need moisture retaining but well draining media. when I have fine rooted orchids which do not need to dry out between waterings, I simply make smaller pieces and add more proportion of coconut husk chips. If you are not much into making it from scratch then LECA would be a good option, also charcoal and perlite. Hope it helps

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...uide-chcs.html

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...sk-medium.html

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