Orchiata Orchid Bark
ORCHIATA ORCHID BARK
Potting Media from New Zealand getting good reviews and supposed to last many times longer than all other "orchid" barks. Some reports up to 14 years without breaking down in the pot. Sure, as with any potting mix you will have to experiment with your watering and still let the pot dry out good before you water again, but this has such a universal success story no reason it will not work for you.
If you want to know quite a bit more about orchid mixes here is an excellent article in depth of just about any mix that has ever been tried for potting orchids. It comes from a very reputable firm in France and is a very comprehensive report. You will come out after reading it with a much better idea of all the mixtures available, and be able to make a good decision about things you want to use.
Orchiata is the new kid on the block, and I know enough really good growers that are switching to it to convince me it's a good idea. Compared to your usually findings for potting it's pretty expensive because it's pretty heavy, and the shipping will probably exceed the material cost just to get it to you. NO presoak is necessary, open the bag and pot. The time you save by growing your orchid in the same pot and mix for a long long time will be enough so you can expand your greenhouse with all the time you save. In other words this sounds like it could really get us in trouble.
These are chips from 1/2 to 3/4. You can use it like it is mixed or sort out some of the smaller for seedlings if you like.
8" square box $8.00 + shipping (7) pounds (Contains about half and half 1/4 to 3/8 and 1/2 to 3/4)
That is enough to fill (30) of these 4.0MCUV pots, or (6) 5.5NCUV pots.
10" square box $10.00 + shipping (14) pounds
(Contains about half and half 1/4 to 3/8 and 1/2 to 3/4)
That is enough to fill (60) of these 4.0NCUV pots or (12) 5.5NCUV pots.
Full bags (40 liter) available @ $20 plus shipping
(about 27 pounds, 24 x 17 x 9)
Available in bags of 1/4 to 3/8 pieces OR, 1/2 to 3/4 pieces
(I could mix a bag if you wish, you call the percentage)
Here are some approx shipping charges FEDEX 5 day shipping: