NOTE: The large bags of orchiata are currently sold out, but a new shipment is expected sometime in June. If you would like to place a pre-order, please email me with what you want and I will add you to the list. You will be notified at the time of arrival and can decide then to proceed with your order.
New Zealand has recently implemented a higher minimum wage for all its workers, and as a result the price of Orchiata has gone up by a few dollars per bag. The size of the bags has gone also down by 5 liters. The size reduction was for shipping and packing reasons.. apparently at 40 liters, the bags were overflowing the standard wooden pallet, and were therefore prone to ripping and tearing as the pallets were moved around. At 35 liters, this is apparently no longer an issue.
Orchiata is a standalone orchid medium that can be used directly from the bag, and can last up to 10 years in the pot without breaking down! Produced from pure New Zealand Pinus radiata bark, it is a unique, stable medium for potting and re-potting orchids.
Our ource of Pinus radiata bark is from renewable, man made forests ensuring availability well into the future.
New Zealand Pinus radiata is a hard and stable bark compared to other pine species; however, it needs to be processed from its raw state. The unique natural process creates a high quality, stable, long lasting, toxin free, consistent growing substrate available in different sizes for your specific growing needs.
The process allows Orchiata to hold water and nutrients on the outside layer of each chip, as well as creating a slightly rough surface for roots to anchor to. Pathogens do not survive this process, however beneficial micro-organisms remain.
Orchiata retains the best attributes of Pinus radiata, and combines them with longevity, ability to rewet quickly and long term stability. Growers’ have reported that frequent re-potting is not necessary, as potted plants have been known to remain in excellent condition in excess of 10 years.
Many of the big Hawaiian orchid growers have now switched to Orchiata... you should too!