Repotting

How can you tell when Pine Bark medium is dry enough to rewater?

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It is important that you allow pine bark medium to dry sufficiently before rewatering. These wet and dry cycles help to control fungi and insect growth which leads to stronger root growth. You can tell when pine bark medium has dried sufficiently by either picking up the pot and feeling the weight (a dry pot will be very light compared to a wet pot); or by carefully digging down into the media – the media should be dry for the first 2 – 3cm (in small pots) and 4 – 5 cm in bigger pots. How often you water the orchid...

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Coconut Husk Treatment: How to treat Coconut Husk before using as a potting medium?

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Use a container of 10 liters or more for a 3 liters packet of coconut husk. Fill the container with 10 liters of water. Rainwater is preferable but not essential at this stage. Untreated tap water can be used regardless of the Ph or EC. Fill in the container with coconut husk now, the medium should now start absorbing water and should be completely soaked in water in a few hours. After 24 hours, you must empty the water in the container, which will be brown in colour which nothing but tannin from the husk. Once again use fresh water...

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How to choose potting medium for my orchids?

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Choose a potting material which will not decompose quickly. For us Pine Bark have given great results and it is recommended potting medium by American Orchid Society (AOS). This mixture allows two-three years to lapse between re-potting efforts. Coconut Husk or the mix of coconut husk and charcoal also works. But coconut husk decomposes quickly, especially at the bottom of the pot, which increases the chances of root rot and fungal/bacterial infections. We wouldn't suggest using charcoal as a potting medium unless it is mixed with coconut husk.  

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How to repot or mount an orchid?

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Let the potting medium soak in water overnight before re-potting. Soaking with Kelp (Seaweed Extract) and little of HighBloom has given us good results. Use Styrofoam or charcoal at the bottom of the pots for good drainage. When re-potting, avoid planting the growths too deep in the mix since the “eyes,” from which new growths emerge, will rot easily if covered with mix. Cut off the old dried roots with a sterilized cutting tool. This will help instigate the new root growth.  Keep the repotted plants in slightly shadier and humid place and slowly move to more light as and when...

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How to choose the right pot size and pot type for my orchids?

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When re-potting, use one size larger pot, using a very large pot will slow down the growth and reduce flowering significantly. Repot every two to three years. Orchids like to be a little tight in their pots. Orchids transferred to overly large pots tend to concentrate their energy on root growth and may not show new growth/foliage or flowering for several months.  Also, Media in the center of larger pots may remain wet for long periods and become an unhealthy environment for roots. If possible always use new pots, or if you cannot, wash the old one out very thoroughly and rinse...

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