This premium orchid bark is hard, clean, and uniformly graded and is suitable for growing orchids and other epiphytic type plants. I use it as a lightweight topping for some plants too! Also very handy as a medium for small rooted cuttings mixed in with a bit of cactus mix and rough pumice.
Produced in Taranaki using a custom designed facility specifically to manufacture high quality bark products. All bark is stored on a hard surface under shelter to ensure it is dry clean and sterile.
This bark is very clean with hardly any contamination from soil and dust unlike some poorer grade bark that breaks down very quickly (from my experience).
It is ready to use out of the bag, no soaking or washing/cleaning is required.
The bark should last 3 to 5 years which is a great bonus for orchid growers as the orchid roots will fully develop within the bark substrate.
Made from renewable, managed plantations of mature slow growing Pinus Radiata trees.
Comes in 1 & 2 Litre bags.
Bark size is approximately 5mm with variance in between.
Why do you package your orchid bark in plastic?
When it came to deciding between using plastic vs paper bags, we did research into this very thoroughly, and wanted something that was locally produced , and could stand up to the rigours of being shipped across Nz and protected its contents, we also wanted our packaging to be reusable and not just a throwaway item.
We chose a Nz based based company with local manufacturing in Auckland with an amazing work ethic! We did not want to choose a throwaway item produced overseas with unknown / unsustainable practices. Here’s why:
Paper isn’t always better
You may not realize this but while it may sometimes seem that using paper packaging products (eg imported paper bags) is the only way to go, it’s important to look at the sustainability of an item as a whole,
- Carbon footprint
Distance: First we must look at how far an item has travelled, has it come from overseas, how did it get here, was it flown in? The carbon footprint for paper packaging could be MASSIVE in comparison to a plastic bag that was locally produced.
Manufacturing: How was it produced, was the factory it was produced in employing sustainable practices? Is the waste produced from manufacturing the item recycled? Or just discarded? What are the emissions produced from the factory, is it hydro power vs coal power?
Material: What is your paper bag made from? Ideally it would be made from sustainably harvested (typically pine) forests and not rainforests ( I kid you not this has happened before and still happens today)
Lifespan: Is the packaging meant for a 1 time use or is it able to be reused and even repurposed once the product inside has been used up?
Supporting Local: And last but not least, by buying local we also supposed a local business! So the money we spend goes back into the NZ economy 😊