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