*U.S. Quarter shown for reference.|
Note: In general, one quart of potting media fills a six inch wide pot, two four inch pots, or half of an eight inch pot with no plant in it.
Hydroton is a unique lightweight expanded clay aggregate (LECA) made in Europe. It is similar to other LECA stone products known as Aliflor, Hydroton, Hydrokorrel, Hydrocks, Hydro Corn, Hydro Pebbles, Lecarocks, Leca stone and Hydrocorn grow rocks. It is ecologically sustainable as it is derived from a plentiful source, clay. Size ranges from about 1/4" - 5/8"). The clay is formed into pellets and fired in 1200 degree rotary kilns which causes the clay to expand inside like popcorn which makes it very porous. Orchids love that porosity to wrap roots around. Advantages of Hydroton include free draining qualities, PH Neutrality, and they can be reused. The clay is formed into pellets and fired in rotary kilns which causes the clay to expand inside like popcorn which makes it very porous. Hydroton is uneven in shape and size providing good support for orchid roots. Advantages of Hydroton include free draining qualities, PH Neutrality, and they can be reused. Hydroton is dust free and inert while promoting good oxygen levels at the root zone. Hydroton is also known by the name HydroLECA.
Hydroton: one of the many quality substrates offered by rePotme for orchids, bonsai and all fine plants. We offer it as an individual potting medium, and also in our custom "make your own" Select-A-Blend Custom Orchid Mix
If you would like to have us make you up a custom mix we will make it, pack it and ship it right to your door. Select-A-Blend is unique because we let YOU create a custom potting mix with any combination of 12 quarts from our giant menu of potting media. Try Select-A-Blend the next time you plant or repot. This unique custom mix offering is one-of-a-kind and helps make planting and repotting simple and fun while offering you a myriad of choices of the best possible fresh mediums! Available as an individual media, in a variety of size containers, or as mix --- you decide, and rePotme will deliver it. What could be better?
User Reviews of our Products
So sorry for the slight delay in getting back to you - but I was way too busy re-planting and "playing" with all the terrific ingredients you sent. You asked, "am I happy with my order?" - well let me tell you, I'm beyond thrilled. Everything was even better than promised on your site.
I have been "into" plants my whole life and always wanted to be able to buy small amounts of various different ingredients to add to a mix I was 'creating'. (one of my favorite hobby pastimes) Most of the time when I would read about someone adding something new to a planting mix - I was unable to find it or could only find a 50 lb. bag for $50 or more. Your "Scoops to Go" was like being a kid in a candy shop for me. I had such fun deciding what to try and still stay in some kind of a budget. The quality was absolutely amazing. You said they would be in heavy duty bags with handles and they really were! The Perlite you sent was the FIRST time I have ever seen a bag of Perlite that wasn't half dust. Also, the very nice touch of a couple of the bumblebee and dragonfly clips being included in my order was a surprise - and thank you for that too.
Just in case you are wondering if I even grow orchids - well I started about 2 years ago and had purchased 3 inexpensive but healthy ones. One paph, one phrag, and one phal. I had always shied away from them because the potting requirements seemed so tricky. Then I saw an ad for that other kind of orchid mix that I think you seem to be referring to in your site - the one with 'secret ingredients.' It made it all seem so easy so I bought some and decided to give it a go. Well, they did really well for the first few months, then a very slow constant decline. They all lasted about one year and then I gave up and tossed them. It wasn't until I read all the info on your site (and referencing a magazine) that I discovered that the diatomite does absorb and hold the salts - and that they can't be leached out via normal methods. What a surprise! But it does explain why the plants kept going down hill. Oddly enough, the last t time I did buy a bag of that un-named mix it came with a little note saying that this material absolutely DID NOT need to be flushed at all. I had been using their fine seedling mix in a cactus mix that I put together and strangely, very shortly after finally giving the pot a light feeding I had algae growing on all the pieces of the diatomite. I should have figured it out myself, but I am glad that you explained it so thoroughly.
Before this gets any longer, here are a few more thoughts. Love your products, the fantastic quality, the website pics and thorough explanations of everything you sell. All the little extra info/help sites are wonderful too and were a big help to me. Your customer service and follow-up is great too. How many companies write you to find out if you are happy with your purchase and then throw in a little something extra too? The plastic pots I purchased are wonderful - the best design I've ever seen. I already have started transferring some cactus and succulents into them. It is obvious to me that you researched this area before just stocking whatever you could find. The drainage and air flow into the bottom - and combined with your wonderful mixes - it is perfect. I would be ordering again today if I could. LOL
I am planning on being a life-time customer. You offer exactly what I always wished existed. Please keep up your excellent work - and if I may be so bold - add EVEN MORE neat stuff.
It is due solely to your company that I will be trying orchids again in the near future. And when I do they will be going into ONLY one of your premium blends (and with some luck also into one of those gorgeous ceramic pots).
Thank you again so very much for everything. It was a real privilege for me to find and do business with such a wonderful company. You'll be hearing from me again soon (LOL) with another order."
Carol I. --- Aurora IL
Hi! I emailed you last spring when I received that wonderful Monterey bark & being anxious to repot.
The results have been amazing! Got summer blossoms I hadn't seen for a long time. And NOW, I have six (6)!, normally Christmas orchids budding out for the past two weeks! This has never happened before. Am praying my baby Angraecum sesquipedale will make its Christmas presence. Mama Angr left the scene quite a few years ago so baby is big enough now to take over the job she did so magnificently.
Just can't thank you enough for this great new bark. It's obviously the best!
I'll be ordering new Spagnum from you probably next late February 2009 as all my Phal's & Paph's need new badly. One Phal is OK & is giving me a new flower stem.
Your company is the very first I've ever written to like this. Probably because you're the first I've ever felt deserved it.
Thank you many times over,
Diana M. --- Spokane WA
Placed order on Friday at 4PM and I couldn't believe my order arrived on Saturday!! I am now at the point where I don't even bother checking any other web sites. Thanks so much!
Cathleen W. --- Medford N.J.
My order was received right on schedule and in fine condition. I have written before but today I wish to expand my comments and extend my thanks to everyone in your organization. All your departments can be complimented. Your products are superior to any I have ordered elsewhere. From pots to mixes, to supplies all are first rate. The mixes are clean, free of a lot of dust and washed. I am able to recommend rePotme to everyone, even those who live in an apartment and do not have access to a garden hose to clean bark. It seems like a simple little thing but it makes the difference between drudgery and ease.
I have been trying your different mixes because I can see exactly what is in each one. I find that you offer mixes that conform to the current information on what orchids love and what helps them to perform well. My phals grown in the Phal Monterey Gold Imperial mix retain older leaves longer, grow more new leaves and double or branch spikes. They LOVE it. And so do I.
Your website is superior for orchid care as well. I recommend it to everyone, especially new orchid growers because you offer such a wealth of information. I want to thank those executives that make the business decisions too. Your company is to be commended. It is obvious you love orchids and aim to make orchid growing an enjoyable pastime. It is because of people like you that orchids have become a passion for me. Please, don't ever change your business philosophy.
Sincerely, a very satisfied customer,
Joanne G, Sherman Oaks CA
If you grow carnivorous plants, this is your one-stop shopping for ANYTHING you need to keep your plants thriving! Excellent choices, super fast shipping, and great customer service. A+
Plants that would very much benefit your medias are the following:
These carnivorous plants are very popular and it is a worldwide hobby but no sites offer the extent of the supplies needed other than media and pots. Specialized mixes forces us to physically go to nurseries hoping they have the mix we need in stock, then mix it ourselves. I simply don't have the time and sure I'm not alone.
I have 14 plants I have invested hundreds of dollars on which includes proper lighting, etc.
Besides the medium mixes you have to offer, the humidity trays are great for the Nepenthes species since they need to be pretty much soaked, yet should not be in a tray with standing water.Also, your tap water granular fertilizer is the recommended mix for all the plants mentioned above. Only a 1/4 teaspoon per gallon should be used though. It was great that the spoon that came with my fertilizer happened to be just that!
Charles B. --- Elmhurst, IL
Hi ... the service is fabulous as always!!
The Monterey Bark is excellent.....I put 3 failing Phals in it in March with some Sphagnum Moss mixed in and they're coming back to life! I wish I would have taken before pictures to show you the after! Root growth is phenomenal.
Tess T. ---- Hampstead, MD
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