Anyone near Brainerd, MN have a source for a PBF product suitable for 5:1:1 or gritty mix?
I don't know about way up north, but Gertens in the Twin Cities has finely ground bark (haven't opened the bag yet but it looks pretty fine. Menards down in Rochester had small pine bark nuggets but they're still too large and will have to go through the shredder.
I plan to sieve the ground bark using 1/2 inch mesh and 'shred' what's too large in hopes of reducing it.
If you haven't, you might want to post this on the Minnesota Gardening forum to find someone further up.
Check out your Kmarts. I have been having excellent luck finding bark at them throughout WI and the U.P.
Ooh! I have had trouble finding PBF, thank you so much for answering Mantor--I'll look them up. Have only been to Home Depot & Bachmans so far and no luck. I picked up a MG "orchid mix" (basically large pieces of shredded bark) to make do, but I think a trip to this Gertens store is in my future :-)
Orchid Web / Orchids Limited according to their web site has both Orchiata and Rexius.
4630 Fernbrook Lane N. Plymouth MN 55446 U.S.A.
They are a bit pricey. It would be a couple hours drive. Twenty bags with careful placement will fit in a small pickup.
I was planning to drive there to get some until I found a wholesaler much closer that would sell to me.
Hope this helps.
Here is a link that might be useful: Orchids Limited
Finally went to Gertens yesterday (they're on the other side of the Twin Cities from me) and picked up 2 HUGE bags of "mini nuggets" for $5.something each. They look to be PBF or close enough.
Today I am returning to Petco to return the $25 reptiBark I bought yesterday. I went to Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Walmart and Petco looking for 1-1-1- supplies.
Gertens did not have any crushed stone for the mix though, in case anyone was curious. Napa Auto had the DE (turface sub) though.
Today I will hunt down some poultry grit for the final ingredient... thanks everyone for being so helpful here!