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8 Qt. Special Orchid Mix

$5.97 /each
  • Organic; contains fir bark, hardwood charcoal and coarse perlite
  • Endorsed by the American Orchid Society
  • Simple orchid care and repotting instructions on back of bag

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This 8 Qt. re-sealable bag of Better-Gro Special Orchid Mix is a rich, organic mixture of western fir bark, hardwood charcoal, and sponge rock to ensure healthy and long-lasting plants. It provides your orchids with the drainage, air flow, and root ventilation they find and thrive on in nature.

  • Multi-purpose mixture for re-potting all epiphytic orchids
  • Provides your orchids with the drainage, air flow, and root ventilation they need
  • Contains a rich mixture of western fir bark, hardwood charcoal and sponge rock to ensure healthy and long-lasting plants
  • Organic ingredients help orchids grow naturally
  • 8 Qt. re-sealable bag for convenience
  • After re-potting your orchid, use Better-Gro orchid plus fertilizer and Better-Gro orchid bloom booster fertilizer to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms
  • Includes convenient re-sealable bag
  • Use this calculator to determine how much product you need to complete your project:

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should I soak the medium before putting the new orchid into it?

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I have my orchids in pots that have holes in their sides. Should I soak the pot for a half and hour or so as a watering technique? What is the best way to water?
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The medium is easier to handle and kinder on roots if it soaks for an hour or so before use. This also washes away a little of the dust and grit.
Best way to water an indoor plant is to submerge the pot in the sink and allow water to drain away before returning it to the plate or cache pot. You can also spray them with the sink sprayer. Be careful the water is not too hot or cold, and allow to drain.
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Yes. The orchid growers say it's a good idea to soak the medium first, however if you water it frequently the first few weeks, it should become wet enough. I don't always have the time and the space to soak it first, and it's a bit messy. Often times I skip this part and for the first month or so am more attentive to the moisture needs of the transplanted orchids...I don't think it's mandatory, and you Read More
Yes. The orchid growers say it's a good idea to soak the medium first, however if you water it frequently the first few weeks, it should become wet enough. I don't always have the time and the space to soak it first, and it's a bit messy. Often times I skip this part and for the first month or so am more attentive to the moisture needs of the transplanted orchids...I don't think it's mandatory, and you will be able to get it wet enough after you plant it.... Read Less
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This mix typically comes more moist than most orchid bark so you could skip the pre-soak if you are in a hurry, but I would flood the pots until water is pouring out of the bottom after potting to flush out the dust and tiny bits.
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Yes, I would do so, then pot your plant. I soak my orchids for 30 - 40 mins each week with a little orchid food in the water. Put the water into a dish pan that is deep enough to have the water go to the top of the pots. I have an idea Ikea one. take them out and put them on their dish.
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October 29, 2015
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Hello flowergirl: We would not recommend soaking the pot in water as it may lead to too much moistness. However, you may soak the medium in water before repotting your orchid in new mix. The best way to water an orchid (when a pot has holes) is to first stick your finger into the media. If it feels dry to the touch, it is time to water (usually, about every 7-10 days). If the media is damp, wait a few Read More
Hello flowergirl: We would not recommend soaking the pot in water as it may lead to too much moistness. However, you may soak the medium in water before repotting your orchid in new mix. The best way to water an orchid (when a pot has holes) is to first stick your finger into the media. If it feels dry to the touch, it is time to water (usually, about every 7-10 days). If the media is damp, wait a few more days before watering. To water, mix your water-soluble plant food with water according to package directions, and thoroughly soak the media. Be sure to let the pot drain thoroughly as orchids do not like to remain in standing water. Hope this helps! Happy Blooming! - Better-Gro Read Less
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Hi Flowergirl, My pots have slits in their sides. When I first replace the medium I wet the orchid mix thoroughly after the orchid is place. I have found a few minutes is sufficient. I water once a week with good success and if there are no holes in the pot I water for 5 minutes. If there are holes then I pour in water for less than a minute. I have had great success and my orchids bloom several times a Read More
Hi Flowergirl, My pots have slits in their sides. When I first replace the medium I wet the orchid mix thoroughly after the orchid is place. I have found a few minutes is sufficient. I water once a week with good success and if there are no holes in the pot I water for 5 minutes. If there are holes then I pour in water for less than a minute. I have had great success and my orchids bloom several times a year. Read Less
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any good for Bromeliads?

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Hi I'm growing pineapple plants there a part of the Bromeliad family and need good Fast-draining soil so i wanted to know if this stuff would be good to use?
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Bromeliads don't require a lot. In the greenhouse, I have mine standing in fruit baskets. For planting a bromeliad in a pot in the house this would work well. Don't forget to put water in the crown (center) of your bromeliad.
If you are trying to start a plant from the top of an edible pineapple, use good, well-drained potting soil. Edible pineapples are grown in fields. I was referring to "air plant"
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Bromeliads don't require a lot. In the greenhouse, I have mine standing in fruit baskets. For planting a bromeliad in a pot in the house this would work well. Don't forget to put water in the crown (center) of your bromeliad.
If you are trying to start a plant from the top of an edible pineapple, use good, well-drained potting soil. Edible pineapples are grown in fields. I was referring to "air plant" bromeliads that grow on rocks or tree branches. Good luck!
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Hello EvilDeadGuy81: You can use it to mix with regular potting soil, but we would not recommend using it by itself. Pineapple plants are terrestrial and need a different soil than orchids (which are epiphytic). Hope this helps.
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Yes, this orchid mix should work well for a bromeliad as it would provide good drainage. You might want to add some sphagnum peat moss to retain some moisture.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 45 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by The best mix for re-potting orchids Better Gro is the only product I use for repotting my orchids. Too bad it's never available in my local Home Depot. I have to get it when we're in Florida or buy it on-line. August 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great orchid potting mix I repotted my orchid in this mix and so far it has worked great, though the pieces are alittle too large for my mini orchid so I had to break them up. There is very good drainage. Great price too! August 30, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good all-around mix for Epiphytic Orchids Better-Grow Special Orchid Mix is a good base mix. It comes already moist so there is no need to pre-soak if you don't want to, though this also means that the bark will start to break down in the bag if not used up within a year or two. I recommend only buying what you think you will use soonish, and try not to get bags that have been sitting on the shelf a long time. I use the mix as-is for Cattleyas, Dendrobiums and other orchids that like to dry out quickly between waterings. I use a ratio of 6 parts bark mix to 1 part sphagnum moss for Phalaenopsis, Oncidiums, and other orchids that don't need to dry out completely between waterings, and in pots smaller than 4 inches so that they stay moist long enough to be on a similar watering schedule as my bigger plants. If this mix used Orchiata bark instead of Fir bark, it would be perfect. Also Home Depot's price is 1/3 the price of Amazon's price. May 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good for epiphytic orchids I recently repotted an orchid in this mix, and it is doing well. After checking online and in stores, this product seems to best match what the plant was in originally. I previously killed a couple of plants when I repotted them in soil; this mix offers better drainage. It's reasonably priced, and I took advantage of the ship to store option to avoid shipping costs. September 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by It was awesome I used another orchid mix for my orchids and They were terrible. My orchids lost all of their root because of those product. Then I decided to rescue the with this Better Grow or hid mix and after two weeks I see new root and leaf. I recommend it to everyone who wants to have nice orchids. August 16, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by A greenhouse necessity If you lack the expertise or raw materials to make your own orchid mix, this is the best easily available commercial product for greenhouse orchid growers. It lasts, gives the roots good gripping surface and good drainage. Since you can order it for pickup at the store you save on shipping. August 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Orchid mix The orchid mix is the best for the orchid plants. t July 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ORCHID MIX SHOULD BE AVAILABLE IN LARGER BAGS. IT LOOKS LIKE THE PRODUCT WILL HELP MY ORCHIDS. June 28, 2016
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