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Kiwi Orchid Bark

Over the last 13 years, Kiwi Orchid Bark has proven to be a consistent high quality bark that produces outstanding results. Well established and highly renowned growers are using Kiwi Orchid Bark and came up with the following proof of results;

Proof of Quality and outstanding substrate;

From Sunset Valley Orchids, Fred Clarke's "Fdk. After Dark 'Black Diamond" is visible in the revolving picture on the home page. This beautifull flower and the others on there are grown in Kiwi Orchid Bark.

Fred's pictures below show great root growth at several timescales again in Kiwi Orchid Bark;

 10 months in pot  10 months no pot

 22 months in pot 22 months no pot 

You can mixed it with your prefered ingredients or use it straight you will get great results.

We would suggest that you give Kiwi Orchid Bark a try and find out for yourself that it will be a "Game Changer" for you.

Proof of quality through awards and recognition;

Lee and Roy Neale, who won "The Supreme Horticultural Award" at the Ellerslie International Flower Show in 2007. (Admire them, their awards and flowers in the homepage revolving picture).

Another renowned user of K.O.B is George Fuller, who has countless awards to his name. George was an instrumental player in the development of K.O.B. and has 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".

Kiwi Orchid Bark has a track record of reliability, cleanliness, uniform grading and longevity. Other customer comments on this product include; "It is 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".


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Fresh No2 Kiwi Orchid Bark

This bark is approx. 3 to 8 mm in size and is sold in 50 Ltr clear Kiwi Orchid Bark bags. It is used for Disa and Masdevalias species, deflasking and other orchid genera are currently being trialled in it It is a good replacement of sphagnum moss.

During a meeting of all the Taranaki-based Disa growers the following list of advantages of No2 Kiwi Orchid Bark in comparison with sphagnum moss was composed: 

  • substantial lower cost
  • no weeds
  • ease of handling
  • consistency
  • clean roots
  • stability in pots
  • no algae, liverwort or fine moss
  • no washing of pots


Fresh No2 Kiwi Orchid Bark - click to enlarge

Fresh No3 Kiwi Orchid Bark

This bark is approx. 8 to 20 mm in size and is sold in 50 Ltr clear Kiwi Orchid Bark bags. This is the most popular of our Orchid Bark range and is well established in the national and international market. This product is widely used for small to medium sized Cymbidiums and also used for Cattleyas, Vandas, Phalaenopsis etc. 
Fresh No3 Kiwi Orchid Bark - click to enlarge

No4 Kiwi Orchid Bark

This bark is approx. 20 to 25 mm is size and is sold in 50 Ltr Clear Kiwi Orchid Bark bags. It is very popular and is predominantly used for Large Cymbidium plants.

No4 Kiwi Orchid Bark - click to enlarge

3FB Kiwi Orchid Bark

3FB stands for "Fresh Fine Fibrous Bark", a new product that is currently being introduced into the market. George Fuller has recently completed a very successful trial growing Pleonies in 3FB (for more details see his testimonial). Additionally Disa and masdevallia Orchids were grown in 3FB with very satisfactory results and seedlings did very well in 3FB.

George needs some time to write down his findings but they will be on our website as soon as they come available. We can however show you some of his results (images below). These pictures were taken on the September 2010 New Plymouth Orchid Show and all plants were grown in 3FB

Jenny Walsh has also recently trialled our 3FB bark, here is what she has to say about using this product:

"As a keen orchid grower I have trialled many growing media for my plants over the years. Most recently I tested Taranaki Bark Products 3FB bark in the growing conditions I use for my plants and found this product has many good uses.
I use it for seedlings straight from the flask and growing on Keikis using 3FB in a mix with No. 2 Bark. In my larger Dendrobiums that I hang, I use about an inch of No. 3 Bark, then about an inch of 3FB at the base of the plant topped up with No. 3 Bark. This helps retain a bit of moisture as hanging baskets dry out fairly quickly in the breeze.
I have also used a 50/50 mix of 3FB Bark and No. 2 Bark when growing my Masdevallias. For my Odontoglossums I mix 3FB with No. 3 Bark. I do this to prevent dehydration of the growing media and prefer this 3FB mixture over sphagnum moss.
I am very happy with the results obtained and would recommend everyone to try this product." Jenny Walsh.

Other orchid genera are being trialled in 3FB at the moment with promising initial results and we will keep you informed when final results come in.

Pleione Cleopetra Pleione Torbay
Pleione George Fuller Stand
Pleione Dorris Torbay Pleione Serendipity


Successes of Kiwi Orchid Bark
With our customers having remarkable success rates with all our Fresh Kiwi Orchid Bark, we can now safely say that the tannin in Fresh Bark does absolutely no harm to orchids and most commercial genera are grown in it.
Even Disa thrive in no.2 Fresh Bark and 3FB. 3FB is also used for deflasking of disa seedlings (Fresh Bark meaning uncomposted bark). Seedlings of other genera are also shown to perform exceptionally well in No. 2 Kiwi Orchid Bark and 3FB.

At the International Orchid Show in Palmerston North in 2010 we displayed Lettuce seeds sown and growing in 3FB. The fact that these seeds grew and developed so well in K.O.B. proved the paradigm that "seedlings can’t develop in fresh bark" is wrong. They actually do very well. 

We can guarantee that Kiwi Orchid Bark outlasts all of our competitors bark. Others might claim unreasonable longevity but Kiwi Orchid Bark lasts longer and can even be reused for several seasons. Due to the longevity of Kiwi Orchid Bark it is more cost effective than many other barks.

Kiwi Orchid Bark is sent to customers in the United States, Hawaii, Japan,Vietnam,China and recently to Australia.

We also have customers for Kiwi Orchid Bark all over New Zealand from Dunedin to the Coramandel and Whangarei. Most Orchid Society's and expert growers give us a lot of positive feedback and support and are valued customers.


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