How did Orchiata bark in Gritty Mix work out for those who tried?

ash1970_gwMay 11, 2014


There've been several threads over the past year or two about using Besgrow Orchiata in Gritty Mix.

How did it work for you?

Was the 6-9 mm "classic" or the 3-6 mm grade used?

And has Al ever weighed in on this interesting, treated bark. Can't seem to find any comment by searching.

If I understand the mixes a bit from his writings, looks like Orchiata might function well for the filler and public-relations (organic) aspect of bark, but against the "inexpensive" attribute. (The reported even slower breakdown of Orchiata than other barks is probably ok for Gritty, but maybe a bit against 5-1-1.) But could be misinterpreting...

Been considering experimenting with Al's mixes if I can get the components. At my location, it's unfortunately starting to look like internet ordering shipping fees may balance the $ in, gas tolls, and time it would take to source "locally"...

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I've been using the 3-6mm grade for over 6 months, use it straight out of the bag - no washing or sieving.

Plants love it so far. Also I've used it with both Turface and pumice as the water retentive component.

By the way the name for 3-6mm is "precision"

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 6:35AM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

I use orchiata classic and love it. No sifting required. It's great for gritty type mixes.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 10:41AM
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I've only used it this season, but it works great. I think it does break down faster than than reptibark, but the price difference is ridiculous.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 11:58AM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

I think the cost depends on where you live and are getting it. It isn't much more expensive for me than big bags of orchid seedling bark which is far less expensive than reptibark.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 2:24PM
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Appreciate hearing about your experiences. Thank you.

(FWIW, looks like best-case cost for a bag shipped to my location would work out to be about the same as picking up an equal volume of Repti-Bark at a local pet retailer.)

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 11:03PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

The Repti-Bark would have a lot of large pieces, so the Orchiata would be a better value if useable straight out of the bag. I've never used it, however.


    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 11:45PM
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I have not used Orchiata bark but from what I've read it's very high-quality material. Probably the best around for making these soil mixes. The cost of the bark and the shipping costs are the only negatives I can see.

The photos I've seen look much better than the pine bark I have access to.


    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 7:32PM
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