Sugar & Molasses:


Terrestrial orchids are characterized for having a relationship with fungi that live in the soil, especially orchids without chlorophyll like Aphyllorchis Montana, A. caudate, Cephalathera exiqua, etc.

Fungi require three components to grow: Nitrogen, Carbon and Vitamins. Sugars (Sucrose, Glucose, Fructose, etc) supply the Carbon needed by the Fungi. Fungi also have a natural deficiency for vitamins, and these are also being provided by the organic ingredients we extract the sugars from. Regular white sugar can be added in small amounts in some terrestrial mediums, like "Sandy Loams. Sugar, a teaspoon, can also be added after potting around the roots to assist the fungi.


Molasses is a by-product of the processing of sugar cane, sugar beets, grapes, etc. into sugar. "Molasses" is just the name, the quality and test depents upon the amount of sugar extracted, the method and the maturity of the roh materials used.

The only reason Molasses is used in horticulture (added to the soil) is to promote microbial activity and does not substitute as a flower enhancer.

Ready-made mixtures sugar/molasses are commercially available.

Honey is not a good substintute.


Excessive use of molasses or other sugars as a fungi food source could also stimulate pathogen development