We are pleased to announce that we are the exclusive distributors for Western Media in the United States, Canada, and all points south!
Please note: There has been a substantial price hike on Western media as the US dollar has fallen substantially against the Australian dollar.
Western W1: for heavy feeders! Prepack to make 1 liter (gelling agent included): US$6
New! Western W1.5: advanced general purpose sowing and replate to make 1 liter (gelling agent included): US$6
Western W2.5: Prepack to make 1 liter (gelling agent included): US$6
Western W3: Prepack to make 1 liter (gelling agent included): US$6
Right now, we sell four media formulations, called W1, W1.5, W2.5, and W3.
Western Media are the product of years of research and development by Kevin Western, of Western Orchid Laboratories in Australia. These formulae were developed by Kevin, and are used in their labs.
About two years ago, we bought some of Kevin’s media. As most of you know, selection of a suitable medium isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Orchids don’t grow into mature seedlings overnight.
When your plants take up to two years to reach “selling” size, some weird things happen along the way. Some media just don’t cut it, and it takes months- even years- to find this out.
Kevin’s stuff works. I wouldn’t sell it if I didn’t use it myself. Both W2.5 and W3, the formulae that we sell, are two of the best formulae I’ve ever used for germination. They’re not
the only ones we use, but EVERYTHING we grow gets sown on one or the other.
We selling all three as pre-packs, pre-weighed for 1 liter of media. Drop us an e-mail, ask about price and availability- I’ll post some prices and Kevin’s instructions on the website before too long.
Until then, we can e-mail you his own Word files on how to prepare the media- ask us to send you a copy so you can read it before you buy. Although packaged for easy preparation, you may want to add banana,
pineapple, or coconut liquid to either W2.5 or W3 for best results (pH adjustment is required for banana and pineapple).
The real strong point for Kevin’s media is with terrestrials. Disas grow VERY well on his formulae, which is to be expected- Kevin is a professional when it comes to this genus. But his progress in this field
has bled over into other genera, such as spiranthes (just as an example). We’ve had some good luck with some really weird stuff using Western media. Give it a try, and compare it with whatever you’re
currently using for germination. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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