Orchids growing in Fernwood Soft Tree Fern Fibre develop a healthy root system. A well-developed root system forms the foundation to grow a healthy orchid plant.
Some of the benefits of using tree fern fibre as an orchid potting medium are:
Soft Tree Fern Fibre has excellent water holding capacity. This means that you do not have to water your plants as regularly as you would with other orchid growing media.
It may be that during the warm summer months you may only need to water once a week and in cool winter months once a month.
Check the moisture content of the tree fern fibre in the pot first before watering.
Let the tree fern fibre dry out a bit before watering, not completely dry. The substrate will turn from a dark brown to a lighter brown colour as it dries out.
Every time you water your orchid incorporate one of the Nutrient Solution mixes mentioned below. I believe it is better to feed your orchids a weak solution of nutrients every time you water your orchids.
We also stock Fernwood Soft Tree Fern Orchid Mounts that are supplied in a pack of 2 boards each measuring 25 X12.5 X 3 cm.
They are ideal mounting orchids, ferns, air plants and other epiphytic plants.
New Zealand Tree Fern is softer and therefore the orchid boards hold more moisture than boards made from Asian Tree fern or South American Tree Fern. They can be used in high humidity environments without deteriorating because they have excellent aeration and drainage
The boards can be used as hanging mounts because they are soft and it is easy to push a wire through them. Because of the strong fibrous nature of the board, any wire pushed through them holds fast.
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