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Aussie Gold, anyone use it ?

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    Question Aussie Gold, anyone use it ?

    I have heard a lot about it , Curious if anyone here uses it .
    Is it as good as they say it is , or snake oil ? Gin

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    Well TIM ???? You are our resident Aussie..... what about it? Do you use it or is it something made up for us Americans to buy?? (Not that we are in any way tempted to buy something from some exotic spot like Oz)

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    Default ill try it sometime this month

    Someone from Colsprings OS mentioned about it It cost a little more ($18.90/10 lb bag) but, I was told that you can use the same medium all over again (it may take me about 2 years to find out). We have a local distributor in the area and I think he is also a member of the society. I will try it sometime this month. Being a newbie, I'll try new things out. But I also want to hear from the expert/experience and the Aussie growers.

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    Interesting...

    so it's an american produced product as per Starwhiz' weblink. So y'all can't blame it on us...

    Be interesting to know how you fare with it Starwhiz. It seems to have some interesting mix of stuff in it, not to mention some extra 'secret' ingredients! And well, they do say it is "perfect". I would have been happy if it was only "the best in the market"!

    Anyways, maybe I'm starting to sound sceptical... it might just be because everything we have are being patented eg 'ugg boots'! Wot the!

    I will add though that I have met people who are very keen on this diatomite stuff. From what I've seen around here, many use the diatomite medium size rocks mixed with bark or coco-husks. The diatomite ensures aeration whilst the other bis hold moisture.

    So, as a learned friend once told me, "try it on a plant or two first,and see how it goes!"

    Cheers
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    Default blame on the Aussie

    Aussie Gold. The name alone is Aussie. And diatomite is an Aussie thing...
    Being said that diatomite rocks are being used for airation, it must be good
    for growing orchids. But I think the local product like volcanic rock, or perlite or charcoal maybe a good substitute. Now I am becoming skeptical about this medium. And, it costs a little more.

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    I have a friend that bought some of it , as far as I can tell it is not going to work miracles .
    I have read a lot of debate about the Diatomite , both ways , It draws water from the roots ,drying them out , to keeping the plant to wet . All I know is the one Catt. I rotted the roots off of was in Diatomite .
    I repotted a couple of Phals. last year , ran out of the pellets , and put them in plain baled peat moss and perlite , when I unpotted them the other day , they did not have one rotted root not even the old ones . My vote is snake oil ! regarding the Aussie Gold I like the name tho . Gin

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    Planted two phrag seedlings in it, both died. Not exactly a scientific survey, but I saw no miracles :-)

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    I bought two plants already potted in a
    proprietary mix that appears to share
    more than a passing similarity to Aussie Gold.
    One, a seedling Paph. Bel Royal,
    when repotted from its 2" sq. pot,
    was found to have no live roots other than the new ones on top.
    The older roots appeared shriveled,
    I assume I did not water frequently enough
    (I treated its moisture retention like that of sphag).
    The second, a 2 growth Phrag. Bouley Bay puchased in spike,
    has finished blooming,
    and I'm waiting for one of the three new growths
    to start putting out new roots before I repot into s/h.
    The Bouley Bay seems to have good roots
    from what I can tell when the medium gets washed aside when I water.
    I don't know if I would switch to it,
    but having read about it,
    it claims to be impossible to overwater
    and is easy to repot with since it "flows".
    I think it would be a good medium for plants that like wet feet,
    since it's supposed to not break down,
    but I don't know for others
    since it's not very fast draining.

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    Maybe my heads on crooked or something but....it would seem to me that anything claiming to be immune to overwatering is screaming "water more frequently". So along those lines, and according to the potting instructions for Aussie Gold...you should NOT let it dry out or you'll have to soak the whole pot for hours to rehydrate. Doesn't sound to me like a water logged media.

    I have a bag of it and the ingredients appear to be diatomite, peat, small perlite, some coir strands and (they say) a wetting agent. I put a masdie and a macodes in it....so far I can say it does require more watering than sphag but that's about it. For my experiment, I used two masdies...both root challenged. One in sphag, one in A/G...I'll keep you posted.

    For the diatomite challenge, I used it on two phals. It's scary. These were bark grown large phals. The roots (looking inside the clear pot) are not as green as phals I have in sphag. I have a B. Little Stars that came in it 3yrs ago....it LOVES it so far. But I don't know how often I'll end up having to water the phals since they need more constant moisture the the brassovola.

    Anyway, FWIW......
    Maggie

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    LadyBug, I'm a new member to this site ( this is my 2nd posting) and I read a thread you posted in Feb/05 concerning Aussie Gold. In the thread you indicated you were doing a comparative performance test of AG with Masdevallias. How'd it turn out? I grow a lot of fine rooted S. American species (Masds, Dracs, Restrepias and Pleuros). I water mostly every morning and am pretty satisfied with the results I get with my Masds in a fine bark mix but find I have to repot every 6-8 months. Does the AG perform as well as other media and does it survive longer than 8 months?

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