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Can anyone help ID a strange potting media?

This is a discussion on Can anyone help ID a strange potting media? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Now I can't keep myself from asking any more: what is it???...

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    Now I can't keep myself from asking any more: what is it???

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    Originally posted by Heather
    Ok, yeah, that was my thought too. Just a bit more info - it is really wooly - and when I pull it apart, very fibrous and cloth like, almost like a pill from a sweater. Very much like that actually! There is nothing moving. Most of what I saw was in the leaf bracts (I think that is the word, you know when some media, in shipping, get's stuck down there? This and some bark pieces were that way. Plant was not packed too well, and bark was everywhere.) Just, found maybe 5 pieces or so on the plant, and a few more in the packing material near the rest of the spilled media. Which I removed from the plant and tore apart. Does NOT seem like some sort of osmocote.

    Yikes, ok maybe I should repot even though it is in bloom, huh? It is such a huge and healthy looking plant (pics tomorrow.)

    Thanks anyone who has any other ideas!

    I would repot it. I have repotted plants in bloom with no ill effect. God for it, get rid of the woolies.

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    Thanks Traci! Another opinion is most valuable.

    Oh, L, the plant? It's my new Berenice!
    Bummer huh? The haynaldianum should come tomorrow. Hopefully it will be w/out issue.

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    Bernie, huh?

    Yeah, you won't want Bernie getting eaten.

    But at least it doesn't have.....

    spots....


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    I'd raise that issue also with the seller...maybe you can get an answer that way.

    I personally repot everything as soon as I get it, buds or no buds. I've never had a plant drop buds that didn't have some other issue with it (i.e. root rot, bug infestation, etc.) I am convinced that a healthy plant will not be affected by a gentle repotting, and if that plant ain't healthy, well, the vendor is going to hear about it.

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    Okey dokey, I've been told that my mystery substance is "synthetic moss", which is used to absorb and hold onto some of the liquid when the plant is watered.

    Still glad I got it out of there as best I could, but now I don't have to worry either way. Glad to know what it is.

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    Thanks for the update! Scared you big time, didn't they?

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    Yes! Sigh.....I love my new plant. I didn't want any nasties hurting it!

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