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Sun Bulb 5011 Better-Gro Phalaenopsis Mix, 8 Quarts
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- Phalaenopsis mix
- It is a fertile mixture of Canadian chunk peat blended with western fir bark, hardwood charcoal and coarse perlite
- It is developed to provide the proper mixture of fertilizer and moisture needed to encourage superior phalaenopsis plant and root growth
- Provides your phalaenopsis orchids with the drainage, air flow, and root ventilation they find and thrive on in nature
- It 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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|Item Dimensions||11 x 4 x 16 in||6 x 14 x 19 in||2.5 x 2.5 x 4.3 in||2.85 x 1.92 x 8.6 in||1.2 x 7.5 x 4.3 in||9 x 11 x 2.5 in|
Phalaenopsis orchids are Americas favorite orchid. Their low-maintenance and long bloom life make them especially popular with all growers. From the time the first flower bud opens, the floral �spray� on a Phalaenopsis will remain in bloom for 2 to 3 months. Phalaenopsis orchids will bloom season after season, provided they are properly cared for and periodically re-potted in the right potting mix. It is specifically blended to retain the proper mixture of fertilizer and moisture needed to stimulate superior Phalaenopsis plant and root growth. Better-Gro Phalaenopsis Mix is a wonderfully rich mixture of Canadian chunk peat blended with western fir bark, hardwood charcoal and coarse perlite. This professionally formulated potting media nurtures spectacular, colorful and long-lasting Phalaenopsis orchids. This product weight 8 quarts.
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I'm still sorting out the revised watering regimen with this potting mix- the bark pieces are substantially larger than I had anticipated. I'm new to orchids, but I suspect this might be better for larger orchids, instead of the first re-potting of the $10 supermarket flower. It provides much more air about the roots than the tight sphagnum that was with the plants originally. At first, it didn't seem to hold moisture terribly well. now, after about 2 months of flood cycles, the bark seems to stay moist longer and I'm putting a but more time between watering. It might work better with a layer of sphagnum on top to keep a more consistent humidity?
I had never repotted an orchid and purchased this based on reviews. It seems to have worked relatively well. repotting an orchid for the first time is vaguely terrifying (for me). i think for a brand new orchider without a lot of plant experience in general, the directions could have been clearer.
I repotted 2 orchids. the healthier orchid went through a brief shock period of wilty leaves. I misted instead of watering for 2 weeks, as one resource recommended that this encouraged new root growth. 1 leaf was lost but the plant is doing very well now. The less healthy orchid went through more of a shock, lost 2 leaves, and has some scarring on 2 of the remaining leaves. However, it now has new leaf growth so it seems to have recovered.
This potting mix seems to work well, and the leaves on both plants appear happy. They're not due to flower again for another 8 months, so we'll see what happens then....