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Old 06-21-2014, 01:22 PM
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Where to get orchid mediums in the UK?

Hi,

I'd like to know where people on this forum get their orchid mediums
I guess a lot would be online? Any where you could recommend?

My local garden centre only offered bark but now they've changed their supplier so I use bark & volcanic rock. Most of my orchids seem to love it as it stays moist for a lot longer because the bark is smaller.

However, now that I'm moving on to different kinds of orchids I need different types of potting medium.

At the moment I have a cattleya, Disa and Slc. Hsiang Yu Red Pearl that I need to repot when the flowers have died off.
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I can't comment on the Disa, but the Cattleya and the Slc. will be fine with bark, volcanic rock, or maybe a combo (volcanic rock in the lower half of the pot, bark above). I also use whole wine corks, or wine corks cut in half, as a medium for Cattleyas. Not only are the corks good for the plants, it is a great conversation starter at your next party ("Oh, please save the wine corks for me, I can use them for my orchids!")
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I can't comment on the Disa, but the Cattleya and the Slc. will be fine with bark, volcanic rock, or maybe a combo (volcanic rock in the lower half of the pot, bark above). I also use whole wine corks, or wine corks cut in half, as a medium for Cattleyas. Not only are the corks good for the plants, it is a great conversation starter at your next party ("Oh, please save the wine corks for me, I can use them for my orchids!")
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The bark that I buy is already mixed with the rock.
Maybe when I'm a little more experienced I'll try the cork suggestion, most people think I'm strange having all these orchids anyway
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Ebay has a pretty good selection of ready mixed media, mostly using coir (coconut husks) with charcoal/risce husks etc mxed in, just about anything can be grown in coir you just have to get the right size chunks. You can also get pine bark chips easily on ebay or cork if you want to try mounted orchids.

Disas are a bit more tricky, peat and perlite works well but getting peat these days is getting harder. Most garden centres wont stock it. I bought several bales a few years back and stored them in the garage so i havent looked for it in the last few years.

There is something called moorland gold which is similar to peat but is collected sustainably and i think you should be able to find that online.
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I've got various orchid barks from both Orchid Accessories and from Orchid Suppliers

Orchid Accessories is currently stocking Orchiata which a lot of folks in the USA are raving about. However I really liked the fine bark I got from Orchid Supplies a few months ago.
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I get mine from eHydroponics.com (they have a physical presence that carries LECA and rock wool cubes and slabs, and Growstone); OSH or Summer Winds for perlite, charcoal, bark and pumice; PetsMart for coir and sphagnum moss (I don't use much of either and the blocks they sell are more than adequate for my needs). OSH also carries LECA and coir.
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