100% natural, sustainably grown and harvested Portugal Orchid Bark is a product of reliable and consistent quality that guarantees high performance. For more information please see how Alfarroxo process their bark. Portugal Orchid Bark consists of very low amounts of elements like manganese, cambium and weeds. It has high level of dedusting, properly sanitized and is 100% purity. Phytosanitary standard – steam sterilized making it free of pathogens
Portugal Orchid bark has a coarse and porous texture that allows for excellent drainage. It prevents water from pooling around orchid roots, reducing the risk of root rot and overwatering. Proper drainage is crucial for orchids, as they are sensitive to soggy or waterlogged conditions.
Air Circulation and Aeration
Helps oxygen reach the orchid roots and prevents suffocation. Good aeration is essential for healthy root development, nutrient uptake, and overall plant growth.
Reduced Risk of Fungal and Bacterial Diseases
Orchid bark has a low water-holding capacity and good airflow, which reduces the chances of fungal and bacterial diseases caused by overly wet conditions. The well-draining nature of orchid bark helps keep the roots dry and less prone to rot and infection.
Hold water and nutrients on the outside layer of each chip, as well as creating a slightly rough surface for roots to anchor to. Pathogens do not survive this process, however beneficial micro-organisms remain. Orchid bark effectively regulates moisture levels. It absorbs and retains water to provide moisture to orchid roots, but it also allows excess water to drain away quickly. This helps maintain an optimal moisture balance for orchids, preventing both underwatering and overwatering.
Orchid Bark is sourced from renewable, man made forests ensuring availability
Orchid bark typically has a neutral to slightly acidic pH, which is suitable for many orchid species. It provides a stable pH environment for orchid roots, ensuring optimal nutrient availability and preventing pH-related issues.
Longevity and Reusability
Orchid bark has a long lifespan and can be reused for multiple orchid potting cycles. After its initial use, it can be cleaned, sterilized, and reused, reducing waste and providing a cost-effective solution for orchid enthusiasts
Stability and Structural Support
Orchid bark provides stability to orchid plants by anchoring them in the pot. Creates a supportive structure for the root system, allowing for better nutrient absorption and preventing the plant from toppling over and breaking down resulting in superior pot life and less repotting than with other potting mixes and orchid mixes
Grades / Sizes
Smallest chip size used mainly for young orchids or orchids seedlings (from flask). AFP 43-50%, WHC 52%
Suits young orchids, a good size for second potting. AFP 47-52%, WHC 55%
Suits young and mature orchids, a good size for second potting. AFP 49-53%, WHC 56.8%
Suits mature orchids and orchids that require more AFP. AFP 50-54%, WHC 56.8%