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Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosure Substrate' started by Boston Pitty, May 28, 2019.

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  1. Boston Pitty

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    For some reason all of the garden stores around me doesn't have orchid bark. Searching online this is what I can find:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U80M9DS/?tag=exoticpetnetw-20

    Would that work for baby Sulcata?

    If anyone can find anything better online can you please send me the link?

    Also cypress mulch? Yes or no?
    Menard's has a large bag for $4 but it is stored outside and the bags were wet. It did say it was 100% cypress though. Thoughts?
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    What do the ingredients say on that bag?

    Ask your local garden centers what the local orchid growers are using. Orchid growers need orchid bark. They are getting it somewhere.
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    I've went to 5 local stores as well as Lowe's, homedepot, and tractor supply. The only orchid bark anyone seems to have is blends. Most with charcoal. Can't seem to find just bark. I'm starting to think orchids is not very popular in my area :(
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    The big box chain stores don't usually have it. You need a local garden center.
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    I went to 5 of them. Pettits, pond and graden, pettits main shop(where they grow everything for there other 2 stores) , danzells garden center, and Kruger garden.

    Non of them had just the bark. its all blended stuff. Danzells had the most for orchids but it still wasn't a lot.
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    Orchid bark is fir bark. Fir is a west coast tree. As a byproduct of the milling process, shipping costs pretty much preclude it being offered much outside the western states. The best source I have seen of it reasonably online is this:

    Orchid bark - Tropical Plant Products
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    That's not bad. They offer a 2.0 cubic foot bag for $21.
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    The cypress mulch is good. If the particles are on the small size you can buy that. Doesn't matter that it's wet. You need to wet it for your tortoise anyway.

    If you are only trying to outfit one enclosure you can buy Forest Floor or All Living Things at pet stores. But you get a small bag for a lot of money - too expensive when you need a lot.
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    OK. Thanks guys. Gonna go with cypress mixed with reptibark
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