Thanks for the size : plant type examples. I've been tossing the idea of trying some orchiata bark around in my mind for a bit now. I'm continuing to have good luck with CHC in various mixtures with charcoal and aliflor/hydroton for larger stuff, BUT it's just not holding up as well down here in OK as it did in SD and ND where I started growing orchids. It seems to get saturated in a not-so-good way faster, maybe due to warmer yearly average temps, and the gradient from top of the pot to bottom seems to be more dramatic in just 6 months to a year than up north...even more dry on top & even more water logged on bottom if that makes sense. For the most part I've just adjusted this by what I mix in with the CHC's, but I hate to stop looking at other things and experimenting when this has gotten good reviews. I just struggle to decide What Paphs would have to be the guinea pigs! :sob: I have limited space indoors, so I tend not to keep around too many sacrificial plants LoL
On a side note for Eric - I got some Ecoweb from Ray and have had fun experimenting with that. I mounted a little white/yellow mini-Phal on some, hanging/pendent style and it's rooted well with just a little patch of sphag to get it started, and made a pot/basket out of other pieces to put my one and only surviving P. micranthum in. It's not at all brag-worthy, but it has at least started growing a new leaf that is larger than the previous ones, instead of continuing to grow backward year by year, so maybe it likes the more breathable pot. So, I'd say Ecoweb is fun stuff, though I started growing only about 11-12 yrs ago and tree fern already seemed to be taboo then, so I can't compare the material to that.