POTTING MIXES: General Suitability

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

Posted by Sys Admin almost 4 years ago.

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For different genera: two parts peat moss, one part coarse sand, one part Perlite, an amount of bark to suit the requirements of the orchid; to one bushel of that add two ounces limestone and two ounces magnesium limestone; add also fertilizer per bushel: one ounce for small seedlings, five ounces for large plants; water every two to four weeks; after two months fertilize every two weeks at half strength in summer, and in September and October once each month. OR76-83+

For different genera: use one bag of fir bark,medium, half a cubic foot each of redwood wool (Palco) medium redwood chips, and two gallons of Per lite, several buckets of German peat, all mixed with a rake. A74-711

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