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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:01 pm 
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Hi,

I got today the seeds of the following orchid species:
- Ascocentrum curvifolium
- Ascocentrum miniatum
- Bulbophyllum longissimum putidum
- Bulbophyllum sessile
- Gastrochilus patinatus
- Paphiopedilum bellatulum
- Paphiopedilum concolor
- Prostechea vespa
- Stanhopea nigroviolacea

Please advise me, if I can use the following orchid germination media mixture for each of them, or for which of these orchids I should use a different mixture (and what mixture recipe). Thanks!

My own orchid germination media mixture:
70.00 ml Water
30.00 ml Coconut Water of Green Coconuts
00.30 gr Mashed Peeled Banana
03.50 gr Mashed Boiled Potato
00.20 gr Plain Tomato Paste
01.00 gr Agar Agar
02.00 gr Powderized (Icing) Sugar
00.12 gr Thiamine
00.50 gr Fertilizer 20-20-20
00.50 gr Powderized Eggshell
00.75 gr Powderized Activated Charcoal

Feel free to advise me about my own mixture above. tips are always highly welcome. But more important, please advise me if that mixture can be used for all above mentioned orchids. In case some require a different media, please advise me with the recipes of those different mixtures. Thanks a lot!

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I have tried direct comparisons between some of the traditional media and those commercially available win hands down. I use Western Media. Just email Kevin Western at orchids@westernorchids.com.au telling him what you want to sow. He will tell you which you need for sowing and which for replating (often the same for both).

You might get away with just the one for all of the species although I suspect that the Prostechea will need a different one because of their different Nitrogen needs. He has an interesting page on the use of organic components such as banana and Coconut water http://www.westernorchids.com.au/mediuminformation.html

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