ORCHITOP + COLOMI ORCHIDMIX – AND THE WORLD GETS COLORFUL
If you don´t like orchid mixes based on bark (e.g. because of allergies) or (semi-)hydroponics then we can offer you an interesting alternative: Colomi orchidmix.
It is a mineral mix based on Zeolith – in combination with our Orchitop you get a cultivation system with the special decorative look. We recommend Orchitop in transparent as you can see the wonderful Colors of Colomi at it´s best.
We tested Colomi and it worked pretty well. It is patented as our Orchitop and you will find detailed Information about Colomi orchidmix at the manufacturers website www.colomi.de.
At the colomi webshop you will get Colomi orchidmix and transparent Orchitop in all sizes as well – so you can save shipping costs.
ADVANTAGES OF COLOMI ORCHIDMIX
WIDE RANGE OF COLORS
It is available in 12 colors – and you even can mix it (completely or layer by layer). You can create incredible optical effects only limited by your creativity. So even orchids without flowers look decorative. For Lady´s Slippers a white Paphipedilum mix is available.
SUITABLE FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS
As it contains no organic components and inhibits growth of funghi it is ideal for allergy sufferer and asthmatic patients.
LONG LASTING AND THEREFORE ECONOMIC
When watering with soft water you do not have to repot for years, as the mix does not breakdown and does not compress. So the higher costs at the beginning redeem over the years.
Colomi orchidmix has the perfect grain size – it is big enough not fall out between the poles of Orchitop and is small enough to fill the spaces between the roots easily. Therefore repotting is as simple as it can be.
SUPERB AIR VENTILATION
As it does not break down and does not compress it is, especially in combination with Orchitop, ideal to supply roots with oxygen over a long period of time.
Colomi orchidmix can store water by 30% of it´s weight. Therefore you need to refill the coaster of Orchitop only a few days after the coaster is empty and can bridgeover a few days.
FERTILISING EFFECT AND WATER SOFTENING
When watering with “hard” water Colomi orchidmix uses it´s ion exchanger abilities to soften the water. In addition plant nutritients are exchanged so your plants will love this.
YOU CAN EASILY REPOT YOUR ORCHIDS INTO COLOMI ORCHIDMIX WHEN YOU FOLLOW OUR RECOMENDATIONS
ARE ROOTS LONG ENOUGH?
The roots of the plant should be long enough to reach the base plate of Orchitop. That is important as Colomi orchidmix has no significant capillarity und therefore water will only be available at the bottom of the Orchitop (approx. up to height of coaster).
CLEANING OF ORCHID ROOTS
Please remove mostly all organic parts from the roots of the orchid by rinsing under warm water.
GRAIN SIZE OF COLOMI ORCHIDMIX
For most Orchids grain size 4-8mm is best. Use Colomi 8-16mm for Vanda only.
PRICK IN PLANT
Prick in orchid (roots should touch base plate of Orchitop) and fill up with Colomi orchidmix. Try to fill up all spaces between roots. When repotting Orchids with stronger roots like Phalaenopsis or Vanda put one or two roots between the poles and lay in coaster. After repotting attach coaster and put orchid back to it´s Location (bright, but without direct sunlight).
WATERING FOR THE FIRST TIME
24 hours after repotting (next day) remove coaster, put orchid in Orchitop into bathtube and rinse with warm water. Then attach coaster again and carry your orchis back to it´s Location. Take care that the orchid doesn´t get “cold feet” – use underlayment of styropor or cork if needed.
WATERING AND WATERING INTERVALLS
Two days after repotting fill up the coaster completely with water. Use soft water if available.
During the first two months spray your orchid with soft and warm water in the morning.
When coaster is empty and dry wait 2-3 days and refill coaster again completely. Exception: plant needs rest period with reduced moisture.
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