How Long Can you Store Fir Bark?

beachapeOctober 17, 2012

Hello All,

I'm planning on picking up some fine grade fir bark to make some gritty mix 1:1:1 and some medium grade to use with my phalaenopsis orchids. Just wondering how long can you store dry fir bark?

I was planning on picking up some extra to save for the next time I need to repot (1-2 years). Understand that I should store in a dry place, but just wanted to make sure I wasn't wasting my money by buying a big bag.

Thanks!

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greentiger87

Kept cool and dry, coarse fir bark will probably outlive you.
I bought a lot on sale two years ago, and I'm still using it.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 9:17AM
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calistoga_al

I have numerous dead fir trees that have been standing for 50 to 100 years. The entire tree EXCEPT the bark has been completely consumed. I run the slabs of bark through my chipper/shredder and then screen to size. I buy from Ace Hardware plastic storage tubs of about 15 gallons, when they are on sale. I have 6 of them filled with bark that keep beautifully. Some will be part of my final estate. Al

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 9:45AM
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silentsurfer(6A OH)

up next,
90Gal premium Aged FirBark, painstakingly-sorted, and in Premo condition, packaged to go,,
lets start at $50.00,, can-i-get-a-fiddy, get-a-fiddy_get-a-fiddy, do i hear a fiddy-five..... :)~

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 10:57AM
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jodik_gw

I would agree... kept at average temp and dry, it should last a good, long time. I've had unopened bags of ReptiBark sitting on a shelf for 3 years, and it's fine.

Be sure to wet it thoroughly before planting in it. I like to soak it for a while so it absorbs moisture and doesn't dry out too quickly when first using it.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 2:34PM
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