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Orchid mediums (General info and your comments welcome!)

This is a discussion on Orchid mediums (General info and your comments welcome!) within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by MikeWA Kevin, I would assume an internet search on the difference would ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWA
    Kevin, I would assume an internet search on the difference would give you more info than me. I don't use osmunda fiber but I thought it was tiny chunks of tree fern.

    Poor lil skittles, don't leave
    But I don't want to do a search. I want you to tell me. Waaaaaaaaaaaa!!

    OK, I'll do it sometime today and report back. I think there is a difference, 'cause someone else explained it to me once before. I forgot or it didn't really sink in.

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    I just told you the difference.


    Hmpphh! Talk about being ignored.....

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    I still thought there was another difference. Sorry, maybe you're right, but I still must check.

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    Fine.










    I might be wrong, you know. That has been known to happen.

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    I was just reading some old AOS posts or something. A couple of "experts" were talking about osmunda and tree fern like they were two different things. Must do some more digging.








    You WRONG? Never! Just misinformed

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    rickm frackm rackm

    You'll see.

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    I'm using tree fern, because I don't have to buy bales at a time and there's a comparatively small amount for each basket. I'm using it in my stans and cory/stan hybrid for the drainage, surrounded by sphag to keep it in place. I've repotted one that was in tree fern and it fell away from the roots really nicely, which I thought a bonus - less damage.

    Wouldn't know about breakdown yet, it's only been a little more than a year. Never considered Osmunda, never seen it offered anywhere so I stopped thinking about it. Plants seem very happy, rooting pretty much at will, and it isn't impeding the stan or embreea spikes traveling out the baskets.

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    Tree Fern vs. Osmunda



    Think about it --------- Tree fern ----------- Osmunda













    They’re two different types of ferns.




    The Osmunda used for growing orchids is actually the roots and rhizomes of various Osmunda species such as Osmunda claytoniana. It looks like the majority of the stuff harvested is from North America.


    http://www.borealforest.org/ferns/fern13.htm



    Tree fern comes from the fibrous trunks of tropical ferns of the Cyatheaceae family. That’s why you find tree fern logs or plaques. You don’t find Osmunda plaques do you?


    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...lr%3D%26sa%3DN


    So, now that I’ve cleared up this little mystery Mike & Louis, I think I deserve a nice new orchid. Both of you could have suffered serious embarrassment at your next society meeting had I not done all this research for you both. Do you guys just want me to pick something or do you want to send a surprise? Either is OK with me.

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    Mike, Kevin is fishing for plants again. What do you wanna do?

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    Just to make my case a bit stronger, here's a picture of a piece of tree fern. Notice on the left how woody it is. I would assume this was cut so that it included an inner section of the trunk. That was not glued together. These are the pieces I prefer. They don't fall apart as easy when you cut them.



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