Improved breathable packaging for our Kiwi Orchid Bark range
As a supplier we are always looking at innovative ideas to fulfil the needs of our customers and recently we reviewed our packaging for several of our international customers.
In 2015 we sent a 40 foot container of Kiwi Orchid Bark to Hawaii in the green woven bags (see pictures above of the product in the green custom made bags).
They are proving very popular, so much so our viscious dog Obie has to guard them!
Feedback from customers was tremendous. They now put the bags of Kiwi Orchid Bark directly into a water/fertilizer mixture the night before use. Next morning, the bark has absorbed all moisture and added fertilizer, without even having to remove the product from the packaging. This stopped double handling of the Bark.
The bags help reduce moisture build up (sweating), easily resealable, meet the quarantine requirements, stand up to the heat treatement.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS OF KOB
Fred Clarke from Sunset Valley Orchids, USA, has this to say about KOB:
Kiwi Orchid Bark has been used exclusively at Sunset Valley Orchids for the last 5 years.
Over that period we have grown and finished in Kiwi Orchid Bark over 100,000 orchid plants, including Cattleyas, Paphiopedilums, Australian Dendrobiums, Catasetums, Cymbidiums, Zygopetalums, Stanhopeans, and other genera.
Compared to other pottingmedia I have used during 35 years of growing orchids and operating a commercial greenhouse, I have found it to be a superior product. I believe it is the best orchid potting media available.
Fred's pictures below show great root growth at several timescales again in Kiwi Orchid Bark made of Fresh Bark; a soilless, very open and well drained media as it should be.
| 10 months in pot || 10 months no pot|
| 22 months in pot|| 22 months no pot |
From Graham Hill:
Most Orchids have trees as their natural habitat where orchids thrive. You cannot get a fresher bark then that. A grower puts his orchids in pots to conveniently work with them. If one follows the logical line of thought, then one puts fresh bark in the pots to mimic the natural habitat. That is why "Kiwi Orchid Bark" is Fresh Bark and I use it for that reason.
From Fred Clarke:
There has been a lot of propaganda regarding the benefits of treated bark (also referred to as aged or composted Bark). However, there are some drawbacks to composted bark. The composting of any organic material, including bark, causes acidification, the lowering of pH. To counteract this problem, lime is added to raise the pH back to neutral. Liming is holding the pH for about 18 to 24 months. After that the Ph begins to drop. When the pH drops the root system may suffer. This of course is a real problem. Root health is essential to growing good Orchids.
It is possible to offset the pH drop by reliming composted bark. I am not sure how re-liming is best accomplished, as orchid media is a soilless, very open and well drained media. Research should be done on how best to accomplish this for growers using composted (aged) bark. One solution would be to re-pot once pH begins to drop this increases the costs. However, knowing when to do that is requiring constant monotoring and extra costs.
I have experienced no such problems with Kiwi Orchid Bark and that is one of the main reasons I use it. Kiwi Orchid Bark holds up extremely well and exhibits little to no appreciable decay, even after 3-4 year.
All bark imported into the USA or Australia must, by law, be fumigated with Methyl bromide or heat treated. These important regulations are to assure that no unwanted organisms are introduced. Kiwi Orchid Bark is compliant with these regulations and as a result is 100 % free of pathogens and weed seeds.
At Bark Products Taranaki, every load of bark that comes in is inspected by the owners and followed through the milling process to assure the highest quality. The year to year consitency of Kiwi Orchid Bark has been exceptional. I am convinced that it is the best orchid bark on the market.
From Graham Hill:
If a grower, using Fresh Bark lets it dry out it will be harder to get it moist again, but regular watering will avoid that.
I have a consideral amount of Orchid Books written by Ritterhausen, Rentoul, Northern and many more. None of them mention aged bark.
During a meeting of several growers the following list of advantages of Kiwi Orchid Bark over sphagnum moss was put together:
- substantial lower cost
- no weeds
- ease of handling
- clean roots
- stability in pots
- no algae, liverwort or fine moss
Kiwi Orchid Bark has a track record of reliability, cleanliness, uniform grading and longevity. Other customer comments on this product include:
"It's so clean", "There is no dust in it so it will not smother the roots and we have less root problems using K.O.B.", "It is very even in size" and "It lasts a lot longer than all other orchid barks".
Give Kiwi Orchid Bark a try, its quality and performance will be a "Game Changer" for you.
Proof of quality through awards and recognition
From Sunset Valley Orchids, Fred Clarke's "Fdk. After Dark 'Black Diamond" is visible in the revolving picture on the home page. This beautiful flower and the others on there are grown in Kiwi Orchid Bark.
Lee and Roy Neale, they won "The Supreme Horticultural Award" at the Ellerslie International Flower. (Admire them, their awards and flowers in the homepage revolving picture).
Another renowned user of K.O.B was George Fuller, who had countless awards to his name. George was an instrumental player in the development of K.O.B. and had exclusively used this product since its trials and production commenced. At the 2010 Taranaki Orchid show George won several Firsts and other placings with his Pleonies and Masdevallias grown in 3FB (check out his testimonial, comments and photos).
Nola and Graham Hill, who won an Award of Distinction in 2006 and a First in 2010 in the Taranaki Orchid Show with their Masdevallia Harlequin X Copperwing.
Jenny Walsh won a total of 49 awards and 9 trophies in 2010 alone, all for flowers grown in K.O.B. Of these she received 28 firsts and other placings at the North Shore and ANOS New Zealand shows. She became Grand Champion at the ANOS show and Reserved Champion at the North Shore show. Her speciallity is Dendrobiums and Sarcochilus. She says "I will only use Kiwi Orchid Bark".