WHY I LOVE ORCHIATA – OR ORCHIATA AND ME UNSOLICITED-UNCOMPENSATED – and without request or reward I would like to share with orchid growers everywhere the news that I have finally discovered the best orchid growing media which I have ever used. Like most orchid growers I have experimented with most (if not all) orchid media out there – often with disastrous results!
Hadley has been breeding and growing Paphiopedilum orchids for the past 25 years. “Orchiata bark is one of the most significant growing improvements that I’ve made with orchids in the last 10 years! We all want a potting mix that will produce great roots, yet last as long as possible. Nothing I’ve tried accomplishes these goals … Continued
DOGGY BARK GOODBYE! by Robert Hamilton, Hawk Hill Orchids About this same time, Tom Perlite of Golden Gate Orchids, was testing a new bark product from New Zealand sold under the name Orchiata – www.besgrow.com I had heard good things about this product from friends in Australia and New Zealand.
In my 40+ years of orchid growing, I have tried just about every brand of bark and other potting media components out there, and had pretty much given up on using bark altogether. Then about 5-6 years ago I acquired a sample of Orchiata and I guarantee you that based upon my experience, I have … Continued