Pine bark is used as the main component of substrates for epiphytic plants (orchid, bromelia family, some species of ferns and other plants), as well as a topsoil for indoor plants. Improves the outflow of excess water during overflow and provides better air access to the plant roots, optimizes moisture and air exchange. Due to its high air and moisture retention capacity, it helps plants to survive forced drought periods and prevents rotting. Increases the substrate looseness, which promotes good root system development. Enriches the soil with nitrogen, oxygen, vegetable fats, wax, useful microelements and minerals. Controls the development of pathogenic flora, due to the content of a large number of phytoncides.
- ideal for growing epiphytic plants
- can be used as the main substrate, or to create individual blocks
Methods of application To prepare a substrate for epiphytic plants, mix the bark as the main component with the other components (peat, moss, and other components, depending on the selected recipe) in a ratio of 7:3, respectively. In this case, the ideal components will be “Orchid Soil” and “Sphagnum Moss” of Morris Green brand. Large bark pieces can be used as an independent substrate. If desired, you can put expanded clay on the bottom, then 2-3 cm layer of large bark pieces. After that, place the orchid roots in the pot. The roots should enter freely into the pot and be placed above the lower layers of the laid substrate. With one hand holding the orchid, put (lay down) bark pieces between the roots, occasionally lightly tapping the pot on a horizontal surface, for example, on a table. Spread the bark up to the root collar, not blocking it. For small orchids, the optimum size of the pieces 1-1.5 cm long. For larger specimens, prepare the pieces of 2.5-5 cm. Very small fragments can be used in the preparation of complex substrates and for planting keikis.
As an additive to flower universal potting soils add crushed bark of 1.5 x 1.5 x 1 cm to other components (peat substrates, humus, leaf litter, etc.) in a ratio of 4.5:0.5.
For mulching, evenly cover the soil surface with 1 cm layer of crushed bark in a pot with the plant.
- Pine bark with a size of 3-6 cm
- fraction: 3-6 sm
- H:W:D plastic bag: 86:55:15sm
- Shelf-life: Unlimited