Westland Orchid Compost is a balanced nutrient rich compost for healthy orchids of all sizes, shapes and colours. This moisture retentive mix ensures the orchid roots have access to water and nourishment, but don't become water-logged.
Westland Orchid Compost contains 3 essential ingredients critical for the successful development of healthy orchids:
1. Organic matter - essential for retaining moisture and nutrients, slowly breaking them down to release them.
2. Bark - great for free draining, keeping roots dry and preventing water logging.
3. Wood fibre - creates open compost structure allowing roots to develop throughout the whole volume of the pot.
These 3 ingredients produce a stable media with excellent drainage properties and balanced nutrients to enable first class root development.
During the growing and feeding season, feed with Westland Orchid Plant Food. Feeding varies with the species, so follow any instructions carefully. Feed every 3rd watering during the active growing season and every 6th watering during winter.
Orchids need plenty of light all year round, particularly during the flowering season, but avoid direct sunlight.
Avoid large fluctuations in temperature as this could cause the leaves to drop.
First put on a pair of gloves, rework the compost between your hands until it regains its intended strucutre. Then you're good to go!
Choose a pot with just enough room for the roots. Place a layer of gravel in the bottom and fill one third with Westland Orchid Compost. Carefully spread out the roots. Gently hold the plant by its leaves and top up with more compost. Tap the pot to settle the compost, don't push down. It's best to put a stick or cane in the pot and secure the orchid loosly to this to give support as it grows. Do not water for 7-10 days after potting. After that, water sparingly, preferably with rain water, for about 2 weeks until young roots are well established.
Re-pot orchids when they have outgrown the container or when the compost needs replacing. Re-pot just after flowering or during the period when new growth and new roots appear. Remove dead and shrivelled roots, but leave compost attached to white plump roots. Do not worry if a few roots grow outside the pot - re-pot only when growth starts to suffer.
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