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September 27, 2023: Please be aware, it has been brought to our attention some vendors on other platforms are selling a much lower quality of Pine Bark as "New Zealand" or "Orchiata" bark. True New Zealand Orchiata Pine Bark is not cheap, never has been and never will be due to the hardening and aging process. We buy in bulk to be able to offer you the best price possible. These vendors are blending the bark with inferior bark which decomposes much faster or in some cases, they are not even using Orchiata bark at all. If you have found a vendor selling this bark at a price much lower than the average, do your due diligence, it will save you a great deal of pain in the future. Our Orchiata bark is 100% pure which is why we are willing to put our name on the packaging.
Our Orchiata Pine Bark is 100% pure Pinus radiata from New Zealand, not a blend like so many other brands out there to bring costs down. Pinus radiata is by far the best pine bark there is on the market and in the 35 years we have been growing orchids and aroids, we have tried a lot of bark!
Isn't all pine bark the same?
I wish I could say yes, but the answer is a resounding no. Pinus radiata grown in New Zealand produces a much thicker, harder and structurally sound material ideal for potting and repotting that breaks down much slower than pine bark grown in other localities. Orchiata bark is also allowed to age naturally which results in an even stronger nugget which does not break down as fast as regular bark, most of which is processed while still “wet”
Orchiata is also coated with Dolomite, which is a natural mineral that contains calcium and magnesium. Research shows dolomite addition to substrates is very beneficial to plants. Dolomite is added to Orchiata to:
#1 - Stabilize the substrate by increasing the pH to within a range of 5.5 to 6.5 which is ideal for plants
#2 - Prevents salt accumulation
#3 - Provide the minerals calcium and magnesium, which provides a much needed boost to plants recently repotted.
All Orchiata bark is also sustainably harvested.
We have been using Orchiata in our private collection for decades, the stuff is just pure magic!
Ships in a resealable plastic bag. should be stored in a cool dry place away from pets and children.