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Orchid medium recipes

Know your orchids requirements.  Their requirements vary quite a bit and if using a pot it is best to use one specially made for orchids.

Terrestrial orchids (i.e. Cymbidiums)

1 part loam

1 part sphagnum peat or coir

1 part sharp sand

1 part perlite, coarse sand, expanded clay aggregate, or sphagnum moss

Epiphytic orchids (i.e. phalaeonopsis)

1 part sphagnum peat moss

1 part tree fern, chopped or redwood bark

Or

1 part light humus for nutrients and minerals or sphagnum peat for soilless mix

1 part coarse sand

1 part perlite

Or

Tree fern, chopped or redwood bark (use this only if the orchid was originally planted and grown this way)

Or

Wired onto tree fern plaques or cork bark

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