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Sun Bulb 5002 Better-Gro Special Orchid Mix, 8 Quarts

4.3 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
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  • Special orchid mix
  • It is a rich mixture of western fir bark, hardwood charcoal, and sponge rock to ensure healthy and long-lasting plants
  • It is a multi-purpose mixture that is appropriate for all epiphytic orchids
  • Provides your orchids with the drainage, air flow, and root ventilation they find and thrive on in nature
  • Should be used when re-potting your orchid, at least every 12-18 months or as needed to support healthy growth
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Better-gro special orchid mix is a multi purpose potting mixture for growing cattleyas, phalaenopsis, dendrobiums, paphiopedilums, oncidiums and all epiphytic orchids. The extreme versatility of better gro special orchid mix, makes it the clear choice for orchid hobbyists, small orchid collections and professional growers. It is a dynamic combination of western fir bark, hardwood charcoal, and sponge rock that has been specifically formulated by a team of highly trained orchid growers. Better-gro special orchid mix promotes healthy, strong growth by providing superior drainage, allowing for proper root ventilation. This product weight 8 quarts.

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Product Dimensions 11.8 x 10.3 x 4.8 inches
Item Weight 3.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Sun Bulb Company
ASIN B005OK9KRK
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Item model number 5002
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4.3 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

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By Deborah K. Anderson on June 3, 2012
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I grow about a dozen+ orchids in my living & dining room windows. I like the texture of this brand; it's loose enough for good root aeration & drainage, but also dense enough to hold the newly potted plant in place until its new growth starts.
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I've used many different orchid mixes and this Better-Gro is my favorite. It's a combination of coarse bark, charcoal, and pearlite. It's designed to increase aeration in the pot for the plants' roots.

I have more than 40 orchids, all different types such as phalaenopsis, dendrobiums, oncidiums, etc. I use this mix for all my orchids, whether they're epiphytes or terrestrial orchids. For my ephiphyte orchids, I use this mix alone and my orchids love it. For my terrestrial orchids, such as cymbidiums, I use this mix with the addition of spagnum or peat moss to increase water retention and still have proper aeration.

All my orchids respond very well to this Better-Gro mix. The roots get to air dry without rotting because the media has sufficient aeration. I've had quite a few orchids putting out flower spikes or new growth already.

Before potting your orchid in this mix, remember to soak it in water for 15 minutes or longer prior to potting. It will allow the bark to soak in the water easier so it won't dry out so quickly.

You can also make your own mix similar to this one for a cheaper price, although it's difficult to find charcoal in stores so I use this pre-mix Better-Gro instead. Remember that if you have different types of orchids, do a brief research on what medium to repot it in so you can adjust the mix to best complement the plant. This mix is mostly made for phalaenopsis and similar epiphytes.

Happy repotting!
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By Jaimie on October 13, 2013
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I'm new to orchids and needed to re-pot a few of my babies... I like this mix but some of the bark pieces were quite large. I wish the description would have stated the size of the particles. This mix seems to have medium to large chunks, while I would have rather had something smaller for my little ones. The mix itself is of fine quality.
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I rescued a bunch of abandoned orchids from friends and coworkers, they all had root rot and were dying. I removed the dead roots and repotted them in this medium. It's been a few months and the orchids are now all putting out new roots and new leaves, recovering nicely.
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Best chunky mix out there. The phals love it. It has more fines in it than the competing, expensive organic mix, which is good, in my opinion, for support and moisture retention.

For my smaller orchids, I mix a little conventional potting soil with it, but the big boys (6"+ pot) love this this stuff.

If you are looking for perfect phal soil, or a nice base to build your own soil for other orchid species, this is the right stuff.
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By Bea on November 20, 2012
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I have used this product before and never had an issue with it. I am SO fed up with Miracle Gro and all those wee bugs that seem to come along with it. This product does what it says and my orchids seem happy. That's all I care about so it works for me :)
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I'm not qualified to have much of an opinion about this media - other than to say that I used it to re-pot a half-dozen phals that are all doing well a month later. For those not familiar, this is the bark mix, not the moss mix.
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I don't know much about orchids, but it seemed one of the two that I had needed repotting. I purchased this product after digging aroudn on-line a bit, and it seems to be working well. Though it hasn't flowered yet, my orchid is much perkier, the leaves are no longer wrinkled, and new growth is evident.
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