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Bio Leaf ORCHID Potting Mix - MEDIUM Custom Blend - 2 litre
*Please note: Limit maximum 10 litres total of potting mix per order before overweight shipping applies*
You can add other items to the same order, heavy limit only applies to potting mix and other items marked heavy. You can order more than the limit above in one order. If you order over 10 litres total in one order your order will be put on hold and I'll get in touch to arrange payment for overweight shipping (rates are here)
Yes, it's true. The much loved Bio Leaf potting mixes have stopped being produced as of the end of November 2023. I ordered extra before production stopped so hope to have enough for maybe a couple of weeks into December. If you can't bring your repotting plans forward, you can stock up.
Although natural, organic potting mixes like Bio Leaf are best potted up within 30 days to get the most benefit for your plants, you can stock up and store it for 3 months in good conditions. Store in a cool, dry place indoors. Avoid direct sunlight and high humidity. When ready to use, dampen then mix well before potting up as contents will have settled when stored.
What do orchids need in potting mix?
Although one of the broadest plant families with over 28,000 species, a much smaller number are commercially available, such as Cattleya, Dendrobium, Oncidium and Phalaenopsis. These orchids share the requirement for a more open, light-weight, free-draining mix (one reason indoor plant hobbyists also love orchid mix for their aroids) that still retains moisture without waterlogging roots. Regular indoor plant mixes are too fine and the water retention too high.
What makes Bio Leaf perfect for orchids?
Welcome to the next level in orchid care. Developed by award-winning orchid growers with years of testing and refinement in collaboration with respected collectors in the New Zealand orchid community.
Bio Leaf Orchid Potting Mix is a chunky, custom blend. It drains quickly, retaining the right amount of moisture without sacrificing superb aeration. Water flows freely over roots. Avoids 'wet feet' reducing the chance of root rot. Provides extra protection from over-watering. Avoids suffocating roots. Unlike others, Bio Leaf takes a long, long time to break down. Expect at least 3 years before repotting is required in normal conditions.
Should you get the Medium or the Coarse blend?
MEDIUM is the best match for finer-rooted orchids and younger or smaller orchids in smaller pots around 5cm to 9cm, as well as orchids being transplanted from a flask. Examples of finer-rooted orchids include oncidiums, miltoniopsis, paphiopedilums (slipper orchids), odontoglossums and jewel orchids. Nugget size averages 3mm to 8mm. Available in 2 litre (this product you're on now) and 5 litre packs.
COARSE is the best match for thicker roots, orchids with pseudobulbs and orchids that require less moisture, as well as orchids in larger pots around 9cm to 20cm+ with 8mm to 20mm nugget size. Examples of thicker-rooted orchids include cymbidiums, cattleyas, phalaenopsis, zygopetalums and smaller (compact) type vandas. Available in 2 litre and 5 litre packs.
An example of finer roots from repotme.com
And an example of thicker roots from repotme.com
What's in the bag?
Bio Leaf Orchid includes a proprietary blend of bioactive organic nutrients including calcium and silica. The blend provides a mix of slow- and fast-release orchid-specific supplementary nutrients that 'fill in the blanks' for what fertilisers are missing. Benefits include reduced transplant shock, stronger roots, stems and foliage, and faster recovery after repotting. You remain in control of what you feed and when, as Bio Leaf is free of slow-release fertiliser.
Premium, export-quality orchid bark sourced in NZ. Rated as one of the best orchid bark sources available. Sourced from 25 year old trees, allowing time for bark to thicken and 'harden up' resulting in bark that takes much longer to break down. Clean and sterile. Harder, slow-to-decompose grade lasts years. Increases soil aeration, resists compacting and adds drainage while holding water for slow-release.
Natural, volcanic rock. Keeps its shape even when waterlogged. Keeps soil loose. Adds aeration. Keeps water moving. Naturally porous. Holds water roughly twice as long as bark for slow, steady release. Compared to perlite, pumice costs more and is the superior choice for orchids, offering better drainage and compact-resistance than perlite.
Superb results for orchids, aroids, hoya, ferns and other epiphytes. Natural, airy and long lasting. Contains a lot of air but also holds water longer than many free-draining substrates. Distributes moisture more evenly throughout the root zone. Sustainably harvested in NZ.
Hardwood horticultural charcoal
The over-waterers and worried-orchid-parent's best friend. Increases aeration and adds drainage. Natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. Creates a more favourable environment for good bacteria and beneficial microbes. Helps balance soil pH to keep the mix 'sweet'. Note Bio Leaf avoids activated charcoal, which can absorb more fertiliser than normal charcoal.
Empty into a container, pour on a little water and mix thoroughly. Add just enough moisture to coat media lightly. It is normal for components to settle into layers in the bag, so you want to return to an evenly distributed mix before repotting. A slightly moist medium also makes it easier to pack in-between roots when repotting.
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