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Old 09-22-2013, 09:20 PM
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Bark mix question

I recently decided to repot a couple of orchids in my usual bark mix! I put the mix in water to soak for 24 hours and promptly ... FORGOT ABOUT IT!!(For over a week!) Can you over-soak bark mix? Does it sour? Will it be ok to use it regardless of how long it's been soaking? What if there's mosquito larvae in it? OMG!! I have so many questions? I hate to waste good bark mix!
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Will not do too much harm, I usually soak it for up to 4-5 days if it is bone dry, last soak for a day I put in a handful of common garden lime to keep the mix sweet, that is a 100 lt garbage bin and 50lt bag of bark, leave for a full day
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Bark will take much longer 'months' to start to rot.

I just want to mention that commercial growers do not soak bark but use it dry. Not that soaking is bad but too much time and employee expensive to do it commercially.

Something that is good is to soak the entire plant after potting. tThis causes the medium to settle and make the plant more secure.

I do this with my organic fertilizers every time I repot. I get two good results with one chore.
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Nope..it will just be a-okay!
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