The orchid is an exotic beauty that becomes a real gem in flower collections. However, an elegant plant requires special care and attention, without which neither growth, let alone flowering, is simply impossible. And the first thing to prepare when planting is the correct soil for orchids. What it is and what its features are, we will describe below.
Benefits of a special substrate
Orchid beauties, unlike most flowers, in nature do not grow from the ground, but settle on the bark of trees, from where they take all the nutrients necessary for development. Therefore, wishing to acquire phalaenopsis, it is important to provide conditions for growth as close as possible to natural ones. Special substrates for orchids help to do this, which guarantee:
supporting the plant in an upright position;
air exchange for the root system;
optimal moisture provision, with a minimum amount of liquid.
Many people prefer to prepare the soil for phalaenopsis on their own, at home. This option is not always effective and safe for the plant, because it is important not only to choose the best bark, balanced composition, but also to make sure that the filling is sterile.
Experienced growers recommend buying an orchid substrate that is prepared taking into account all the requirements of the plant. Only in this way will the flower grow comfortably, receive nutrition, while excluding diseases associated with damage by pathogenic organisms.
What are substrates
The Elsa online store offers a wide range of substrates and soil additives. We offer a product for floriculture of Ukrainian producers, as well as our own production. What are the main components of an orchid substrate?
Sphagnum moss - works like a sponge, absorbing moisture and gradually giving it back to the plant. Disinfector.
Charcoal is a natural antiseptic and absorber that evenly distributes moisture.
Bark - Provides plant support and air permeability.
For planting a flower, pine bark is used, selecting the size of the fraction most suitable for the characteristics of the plant. They also use expanded clay, a coconut substrate for orchids, in the form of fibers or chips.
What and how to choose?
Sometimes it is difficult for novice florists to navigate in choosing the right soil. What is important to know when planting an orchid and selecting a substrate? For young plants, sphagnum moss is especially important. For large-sized specimens, buy the bark of the coarse fraction, for dwarf and young ones - small. A special ready-made mixture of components necessary for the plant will help save time.
On our website you can order a substrate for orchids Pinia, from Mediterranean pine, from Orchiata or Ukrainian radiant pine. For convenience, packing of different volumes is provided. We send orders to all regions of Ukraine, at the deadline. In Kiev, you can buy a substrate for orchids with targeted delivery, as well as pick up a purchase from our store, along Boryspilskaya Street, 40.