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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; I've never actually seen anything growing in Osmunda, only tree fern. My understanding, though, is ...

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    I've never actually seen anything growing in Osmunda, only tree fern. My understanding, though, is that Osmunda is a lot springier--nowhere near as brittle, and you really have to pack and wedgy it into a pot pretty solidly to get it to stay put. I think it's pretty hard to come by any more, too.

    Unless a piece has been cut lengthwise or crosswise and left au-naturel as in your pic, tree fern is usually shredded then glued all back together and molded to form logs, plaques, topiary supports, pots, all kinds of stuff. I think it works great that way as a mount, but once roots ( ) grow in and through it, solid as it is when it's glued up, the plant's going to be there to stay.

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    heehee.louis said 'wedgy'

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    What was the original post about . . . I seemed to have lost track in all the discussion about various tree ferns.




    Oh yeah -- potting materials.

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    i think that ive read somewhere that osmunda releases nutrients, so you dont have to fertilize as much. i havent read the same regarding tree fern. i have a few bulbos mounted on treefern plaques, and i use loose tree fern to pot up my psychopses. they *love* it. plus repotting is a cinch: you dont have to disturb the roots too much (which they hate), the stuff lasts and lasts, and like pete said, it just kinda falls away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TundraKev
    Why do people ignore my questions?
    I'm going to go away for a very, very, very long time. Then you'll be sorry you did that.
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    Oh, Kev. There, there. Don't cry. I wasn't ignoring your question--I just didn't know the answer. (Hmm, did Julie/Piper just say "When did not knowing the answer ever stop you before?" Naw, I'm over-sensitive.) I figured you didn't want someone saying "Hmm, I have no idea!" Obviously, I was wrong. Thus, I better say it: Hmm, I have no idea. All wise-ass remarks aside, I *would* be interested in hearing if anyone does know the answer to Kev's question.

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    lja Mike, Kevin is fishing for plants again. What do you wanna do?
    I think you should send him a nice big 5 ft epidendrum. Beggars can't be choosers.

    sadie What was the original post about . . . I seemed to have lost track in all the discussion about various tree ferns.
    Oh yeah -- potting materials.
    I prefer LECA, even when the things in it are not in s/h (which most of mine are). But I am having great success so far with my two masdies in local pumice in s/h and I'm liking it for them. It was too fine for the catts.

    I have left a few things in bark that I received that way. But I have to say that the roots of the catt I left in bark look less than lovely. I probably should repot because other than in the tiny little 2.5" pots of minis in my fish tanks, I can't seem to keep bark the right moisture level. Too dry, or too wet.

    I have one Lc Rojo in lava rock, received it that way, and I am liking it rather like the LECA only larger. The roots in it are terrific.

    Sphag is murder in my house. So, out it goes...

    What is the advantage of adding charcoal to LECA, and how in the world do you rinse the stuff without half of it going through the holes and down the drain?

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    I have an onc that was having issues, so I transplanted it into semi hydro with lava rock and the roots are loving it. I also repotted my b nodosa into pure pebbles in a clay pot, and it loves it - been over a year now.

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    Why is there a concern for cost related to the media? Even if you were to have several hundred plants, if the media is inorganic and can be reused ... where does cost come in. The cost of the plants in a collection is almost if not more than the facilities use to house and care for them. The cost of the media, if it meet the needs of the plants and conditions of growing, is infinitesimal in comparison to the plants and facilities. Pick the plants, the facility (hard stuff needed to meet you plants growing requirements) and a media that will facilitate your style of growing. The h__l with the cost.

    I have notice one drawback to "multi media". Each different media requires a different regime. One of the reasons I don't grow members of one of my favorite genus (Dendrobium) is the issue of resting periods. My cultural sensitivity can not cope with too many variables. I'm already dealing with variables of: light (shade cloth), temperature (thermostatically controlled gas heater), humidity (mist/fog system), air flow (2 ea. 20" HAF fans & 1 ea, thermostatically controlled 24" exhaust fan with 2 ea. 24" shutters), fertilizer (Hanna pH meter & KCL softened water system for well water), resting period (not well controlled) and media. Well, I have now reduced media down to Sphagnum (Phalos), bark mix, and Prime Agra (semi hydro). The more variables I can control/stabilize the better. I grow what will grow under my facility conditions with a rest during the winter. Which means that (for now) I don't grow many of my favorites.

    BOTTOM LINE: The cost of media should not be a significant consideration, all other cost considered.

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    I use pure bark for all epiphyte orchids! I don't add perlite, neither charcoal and sphag! Just pure bark!

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    Ok. Here's a more refined question: What do most indoor / window growers find works best for media for certain species? For instance, what works best for phal's or catts or paphs? And what about babies?

    It seems most Phals I get come with either pure sphag or a heavy sphag mix. So far, I'm not sure what to do with them! I found out that it tends to shock a phal to go from a nice, soft, moist mix to a hard medium-chunked bark/charcoal/perlite mix. ("Ewww!! WTH is this garbage?!" I think I heard it say.) I'm testing it now with a much finer bark/peat/perlite and it seems a little happier. Still not convinced.... Thoughts? Humidity in my grow area seems to stick between 40-50% with the occasional spike to lower 60% range for an evening here and there. East window.... Hmmm?

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