Orchids are surely the plants for which the growth medium is most critical to the plant’s thriving.
Indeed, orchids develop a peculiar root system and it really deserves special care and attention.
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What is orchid soil mix prepared from?
- Most of the matter comes from maritime pine bark, broken down to various sizes.
- You’ll also find peat, coconut fibers, rock wool or perlite.
What is the best substrate?
- Each orchid has different needs.
- The blend that will suit it best is the one that best matches the growing conditions in its native environment.
- However, since there are a great many varieties, it’s impossible to recreate as many different soil mix substrates. In the end, the best option is to use special “orchid” mix, available in any horticulture store.
- You can also prepare your own mix from easy-to-gather ingredients.
DIY orchid substrate
- Although we recommend using special orchid soil mix purchased from specialized stores, it is still perfectly possible to make your own.
- The base material is the same: pine bark mulch.
- After that, you’ll be learning from the plant and from experience, adding several or all of the following: coconut fiber, peat, perlite, rock wool, etc…)
Mix them in varying proportions, and as time goes by you’ll find the perfect mix for your orchid.
Learn more about orchids:
- Proper care for an orchid with an example: Phalaenopsis
- Repotting orchids
- How to water an orchid in a pot?