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Bioleaf Aroid & Hoya Potting Mix - Custom Blend - MEDIUM / CHUNKY - 5 litre
*Please note: Limit 2 x 5 litre bags per order due to shipping weight. You can add other items to the same order. Limits only apply to potting mix. Note: Natural, organic potting mix like this is best used within 30 days to get the most benefit for your plants. Best to get only what you need, when you need it*
I really hated repotting. Until now. This mix is a joy to work with. Nice and chunky. Much less mess. Easier clean-up. Also seriously good for my plants. Lucky things. I love it. My plants love it. Win win.
The 5 litre size is enough for about 10 to 15 medium size pots (I recently potted about 12 x 11cm pots from a 5 litre). I was potting with no existing soil, but when you keep some soil from the previous pot, one bag will go a lot further, same when using smaller pots. With any more natural, organic mix like this, best to buy small, get only what you need and use fresh. It's recommended to use fresh within 30 days. Also available in the smaller 2 litre bag.
*The fine blend comes in 5 litre and 2 litre bags. Same ingredients but a smaller grade ideal for propagating, baby plants, and established plants with finer, more delicate roots, including succulents, 'String of', 'Chain of', Pink Bubbles and more*
Which plants is it best for?
Formulated for Aroids and Hoya, suitable for all indoor plants that share the same preferences for chunky, airy, free-draining soil, including epiphytic plants. Hoyas, Orchids, Monstera, Philodendron, Pothos, Epipremnum... the list goes on! If your plants like an airy, free-draining mix, or prefers things moist to lightly moist, not damp or wet (or you just need to protect your plants from your tendency to over-water), this mix's for you.
What's in the bag?
A chunky, airy, free-draining ratio of Orchid Bark, Pumice, Fern Fibre, Crushed Horticulture Charcoal and Worm Castings.
Why orchid bark?
An obvious inclusion if you consider what epiphytes like to attach to and grow on. This is premium, export-quality grade orchid bark. Very clean and sterile. Some barks break down fast. This harder, slow-to-decompose premium grade lasts years. Nice and chunky. Increases soil aeration for oxygen to reach roots, resists compacting and provides drainage while also holding on to water for roots to take as needed.
Why add pumice?
A natural, volcanic rock, pumice keeps its shape even when soaked in water, keeping soil loose. It adds aeration and improves drainage, keeping water moving to prevent substrate and plants becoming waterlogged. Naturally porous, pumice can hold water roughly twice as long as bark, releasing it slowly and steadily for roots.
Why fern fibre?
A superb growing medium for many indoor plants, with great results reported for aroids, hoya, orchids, ferns and other epiphytes. A natural, soft, airy, fibrous, long lasting material that contains a lot of air, and can retain a lot of water. As it holds water for longer than many other free-draining substrates, you won't have to water as often.
Great for indoor plants that prefer moist to lightly moist conditions, who don't like to fully dry out, and for those of us prone to forgetting to water, or who tend to water inconsistently. Fibrous nature distributes more even moisture throughout the pot due to natural capillary action.
Why add crushed horticultural charcoal?
Horticultural charcoal for plants, is different from activated charcoal that you might be familiar with for human health. This is the over-waterers and worried-plant-parent's best friend. Horticultural charcoal helps increase aeration and adds drainage to soil mixes for potted plants. Its natural porosity is also what helps charcoal hold on to necessary nutrients for roots to access. Horticultural charcoal also helps create a more favourable environment for good bacteria and beneficial microbes for healthier soil, and helps balance soil pH.
Why the fuss about worm castings?
It's a form of organic fertiliser, also known as vermicast, essentially odourless worm poo, which looks like fine, dry coffee grounds. It enriches the soil and adds beneficial microorganisms, something our plants miss out on being inside in pots.
Years of research at The Ohio State University Soil Ecology Laboratory, found worm castings help germination, foliage growth and flower production, as well as reduce plant diseases such as crown and root rot, and even inhibit pests, including mites, aphids and mealy bug.
"Brown gold!!! Best draining premix for hoyas & aroids there is on the market." @plant.obsessed.guy.nz
"I have purchased both the fine grade and standard [chunky] grade Hoya & Aroid mix and all my plants are potted up and thriving - cannot fault it. Highly recommend!" Robert Wilson
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