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Unread 10-27-2011, 09:44 PM
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Default Can I use potting soil for Calanthe?

I know Calanthes are pretty much terrestrials, and I've only ever grown epiphytes in the past, so I'm not sure what media to use. Can I just use regular houseplant potting soil, mixed with fir bark, gravel, perlite, or whatever else I can find? I read about using pro-mix but it just sounds like potting soil.
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I know Calanthes are pretty much terrestrials, and I've only ever grown epiphytes in the past, so I'm not sure what media to use. Can I just use regular houseplant potting soil, mixed with fir bark, gravel, perlite, or whatever else I can find? I read about using pro-mix but it just sounds like potting soil.
What you are suggesting is fine, they want a water retentive mix that drains well but now is not the time to be repotting, wait until the Spring when new growth starts to appear.
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Unread 10-28-2011, 07:43 AM
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I used a mixture of broken up styrophome peanuts, Miracle Gro's Orchid Mix (I'd only use this for terrestrial orchids), and some oncidium mix, a little extra horticultural charcoal and perlite all mixed together. I used the most of it to help open the Miracle Gro mix up a bit more and to get rid of some of the oncidium mix extra I had.

I do think what you are suggesting sounds pretty good though for your mix.

My research would indicate that you treat it fairly similar to a Phaius, so you might try looking for information on a Phaius in regards to potting.
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