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irinatov1962
Jul 14, 2020 11:12 AM CST
what kind of soil use for grow orchid.
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sumire
Jul 14, 2020 11:21 AM CST
It will depend upon the orchid type. Some do not like soil, some like any soil, and some have very specific needs. Do you have an orchid you are attempting to grow?
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BigBill
Jul 14, 2020 11:31 AM CST
With the exception of some terrestrial orchids, no orchid grows in soil.
They grow in some type of media, fir bark, orchiata, charcoal, sponge rock, aliflor, tree fern, osmunda, sphagnum moss, cocoa chips etc. It can be plain or in some type of mix of these ingredients.
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DaisyI
Jul 14, 2020 2:23 PM CST
BigBill said:With the exception of some terrestrial orchids, no orchid grows in soil.


So some orchids grow in soil?
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BigBill
Jul 14, 2020 2:53 PM CST
Yes. Malaxis, Habenaria, Spiranthes, Stenorhynchos, Ludisia, which are the jewel orchids, and Rattlesnake plantain are terrestrial orchids.
Some orchidists would argue that both the Parvisepalum and Brachypetalum groups of the Old World Paphiopedilums are terrestrials in that they grow in the leaf litter on top of limestone in Southeast Asia.
In the North American Continent the Cypripediums, acaule and its relatives are terrestrials for sure. Cypripedium kentuckiense is one species that I have seen a few times entered in Orchid Shows. They are terrestrials.
They can be grown in 1/3 potting soil and 2/3 peat moss or "Pro Mix".
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DaisyI
Jul 14, 2020 3:14 PM CST
Along with Bletilla, Epipactis, some Cymbidiums and at least one phragmipedium. Dactylorhiza... Sounds like quite a few orchids row in soil.
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BigBill
Jul 14, 2020 3:20 PM CST
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plantladylin
Jul 14, 2020 3:45 PM CST
Hi irinatov1962, Welcome!

Do you know what type of Orchid you have? If you can upload a photo of your plant, it might be easier to tell what potting medium should be used for the type of orchid. Many orchids are Epiphytes, growing in and on trees; some with bare roots that attach to the tree bark and others whose roots grow in leaf debris in the crooks of trees.

Epiphytic orchids need good air circulation around their roots at all times, heavy soils would cause the roots to suffocate and die. Here are links to a few Epiphytic orchids in our database:
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
Orchid (Dendrobium)
Orchid (Cattleya)

Then there are Terrestrial orchids, the type that grow in soil. Here are links to a few types of soil growing orchids in our database:
Crucifix Orchid (Epidendrum radicans) Nun's Cap Orchid (Phaius tankervilleae)
Chinese Ground Orchid (Bletilla striata)
Phillippine Ground Orchid (Spathoglottis plicata)
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