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Bark (Orchiata)

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bark size

Precision (Fine 1/8"-1/4") -30 Lbs. ($42.00)
Super (coarse 3/4"-1") -30 Lbs. ($42.00)
Classic (small 1/4"-3/8") - 30 lbs. ($40.00)
Power (medium 3/8"1/2") - 30 lbs. ($40.00)
Power + (coarse 1/2"-3/4") - 30 lbs. ($40.00)
Classic (small 1/4"-3/8") - 3 lbs. ($13.50)
Power+ (coarse 1/2"-3/4") - 3 lbs ($13.50)
Power (medium 3/8"-1/2") - 3 lbs. (SOLD OUT)

Orchiata bark from New Zealand is setting a new standard for growing orchids. The bark is wind rowed with limestone added. Natural heat is developed as the bark has water added and is slightly composted enough to burn off the chaff and dust leaving only hard, clean, nitrified bark. This bark breaks down slowly, and with more aeration (clay pots, perlite, growstone etc) can last for 3+ years, making it easy to repot with. When root bound, often all that needs to be done is shifting the root mass and bark into a larger pot and adding to it.

Orchiata Bark Sizes:

Precision (Fine)=1/8" to 1/4"
Classic (small) = 1/4" to 3/8"
Power (medium) = 3/8" to 1/2"
Power Plus (coarse) = 1/2" to 3/4"

Super (Large) = 3/4"-1"

Generally the precision size is used for Phragmipedium or Pleurothalis or very small seedlings that need moisture. The classic is used for most Orchid seedlings up to a 3 inch pot. The Power is for Phal, Paph and Cattleya seedlings up to a 4" pot. Power plus is for Phalaenopsis, Cattleyas or Vandas in 5" to 6.5 or 7" pots.  The Super bark is used for extra large pots of Vandas or Cattleyas.

One can use this product straight out of the bag or mix it with our Growstone and or charcoal (2 sizes available) or perlite for smaller pots.


The large bag is 40 liters (approx. 30 lbs); the hobby size bag is 5 liters (approx. 3 lbs).

Please note: This product is heavy and shipping within the lower 48 (United States) will cost from $18.00 to $25.00 or more for the large 40 liter bag (30 lbs) depending on distance.

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An orchid plant may arrive in bud, in bloom or in various stages of in-spike development. A plant in-spike can take anywhere from 1 week to 2 months before flowers begin to open. We are one of the few nurseries to ship orchids in spike or bloom. Most of the time our carefully wrapped orchids in-spike or in-bloom arrive in good condition. However, due to conditions beyond our control, we cannot guarantee that all flower spikes, flowers, or buds will arrive in perfect condition.

An orchid will arrive while it is not currently spiking or blooming due to being either before or after its bloom season. Check the "Bloom Season" information on the product page to see when the plant is expected to spike and flower. Many orchid lovers and hobbyists prefer plants that are not in-spike in order to watch the first stages of the spike emerging all the way through to the reward of the bloom! If you are sending a plant as a gift, you generally want to send the plant in-spike unless the gift receiver would prefer otherwise.