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Merita 04-20-2022 04:38 PM

Help with the substrate
 
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Hello everyone:
I would like someone to guide me where to buy a decent substrate for cattleyas. I have been cleaning, washing and boiling the one they sell in the market here for years, but it has already reached a limit, what it brings is mulch with long wood chips, old, compacted, wet and dirty, you can only see a few pieces of old and used bark. I show them to you, I have already thrown two bags in the trash.

Bayard 04-20-2022 05:31 PM

Try some Orchiata bark. You can get big bags in different sizes from Josh’s Frogs.

Merita 04-20-2022 06:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Bayard (Post 984515)
Try some Orchiata bark. You can get big bags in different sizes from Josh’s Frogs.

Thanks, I'm going to look for the page to see if I get rid of this headache.

estación seca 04-20-2022 06:36 PM

What you are showing would be OK for small Cattleyas in small pots, or for Oncidiums. For larger Cattleyas in your climate, yes, use much larger bark like Bayard suggested.

I find LECA clay balls from the hydroponics shop also work well for Cattleyas.

Merita 04-20-2022 06:48 PM

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Originally Posted by estación seca (Post 984524)
What you are showing would be OK for small Cattleyas in small pots, or for Oncidiums. For larger Cattleyas in your climate, yes, use much larger bark like Bayard suggested.

I find LECA clay balls from the hydroponics shop also work well for Cattleyas.

Thank you, I would have liked to use it but the one that I show when you squeeze it it falls apart, it's like decomposing, it's not bark

Ray 04-21-2022 09:53 AM

Merita, LECA can be used as a regular potting medium. In plastic pots, it holds moisture quite well, while remaining airy, and it never decomposes. Outdoor growers in FL use it a lot, as it “plays well” with the rains.

isurus79 04-21-2022 01:50 PM

You boil your bark?

Merita 04-21-2022 05:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Ray (Post 984556)
Merita, LECA can be used as a regular potting medium. In plastic pots, it holds moisture quite well, while remaining airy, and it never decomposes. Outdoor growers in FL use it a lot, as it “plays well” with the rains.

Thanks Ray, I use coconut fiber baskets, I think that with leca it would be necessary to water a lot, I have never used it but I will try too. Is it bought by Amazon?

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Originally Posted by isurus79 (Post 984566)
You boil your bark?

Yes, I do not trust the substrate that I buy that seems already used.

isurus79 04-21-2022 05:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Merita (Post 984582)
Yes, I do not trust the substrate that I buy that seems already used.

Oh! You need fresh bark! Boiling it will really shorten the bark's lifespan.

mook1178 04-22-2022 03:10 PM

I use repotme.com. They are a little expensive, but their pre mixes are the best I have found. If you have a lot of orchids, it may be better to by each component separately and mix by hand. THey have the separate components as well


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