Orchids grown on slabs or totems

Orchids grown on slabs or totems

Growing orchids is not without its challenges, says Allan Watson. Having moved from his traditional medium bark to Fernwood Fern Fibre substrate in regulation pots with award winning success, he says his next move into slab or totem culture was a no-brainer.

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The proof is in the pudding

The proof is in the pudding

In previous blog posts, keen hobby grower Allan Watson explained that he traditionally used bark as a medium for his orchids. The introduction of Fernwood NZ’s fern fibre substrate into his orchid culture required some changes but the results show that good things come to those who wait.

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Awards for Exceptional Orchids

Awards for Exceptional Orchids

Since converting to using fern fibre only in preference to bark, Selwyn Hatrick has been growing much larger and more robust orchids. In turn, this has led to considerably more flowers and of better quality. His efforts have been recognised with a raft of awards.

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An insight into Fern Fibre Culture

An insight into Fern Fibre Culture

Selwyn Hatrick explains the ins and outs of fern fibre culture, explains that the main species being harvested is Ponga/NZ native fern and talks about sustainable harvesting in New Zealand. He looks at the characteristics that make fibre superior to bark as a potting substrate for orchids.

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Fern Fibre Produces Positive Results

Fern Fibre Produces Positive Results

Eight months since starting the trial, Grower Allan Watson is now into the first flowering of the trial plants, and they are thriving with flowers strong in colour and texture. He says the positive results of using fern fibre can clearly be seen.

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Growing in Fern Fibre: A Recovery Story

Growing in Fern Fibre: A Recovery Story

Selwyn Hatrick began a trial late November 2016, to compare the growth of three groups of paphiopedilum seedlings. One selection planted in orchid bark, the second in a mix of bark and fern fibre, and the third in fern fibre with no additives. Read his findings hereā€¦

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Growing Orchids is a Partnership

Growing Orchids is a Partnership

When we start growing orchids we are entering into a partnership that consists of light, temperature, air movement and water. Without it our plants would not survive. Read how you can make this partnership work for you.

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