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This is a discussion on Vanda ustii within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; They have a composted, processed cow manure over here called Black Cow. I've used it ...
They have a composted, processed cow manure over here called Black Cow. I've used it in my aquarium as a bottom layer for aquatic plants without any issues. Do you think I should still sterilize it?
I shall have to do some careful planning to avoid existing plans, and allow for which are easiest for me to reach with a direct flight....
I wonder if there is a D.O.G. Website listing all the shows ?
Heres what I did.
I made some trays out of wire mesh , about 10 or15mm square mesh, just like ordinary seed trays otherwise. Then I stood the ex-flask seedlings side-by-side, upright, in the trays. I put the trays on the bench in my growing area (greenhouse) and every time I went near I sprayed them with just plain water. Every month or two I went through the tray, and picked out all the bigger ones for a different tray, so that had the really tiny ones in one tray, those a bit bigger in the next, and so on. They did grow ! It took about 4 years to the first flowering size plant - an ascocenda, I think . The first of the large flowered vandas took another couple,of years. By the way the seedlings i started out with, were no more than an inch high, and had been deflasked for perhaps 18 months, without ever getting any bigger, when I started this. There was no compost used in the trays , nothing at all. (I should have said that earlier , only realised my omission on re-reading).