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South Florida dilemma

This is a discussion on South Florida dilemma within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I second the advice about good air circulation and good drainage. I'm not crazy about ...

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    I second the advice about good air circulation and good drainage. I'm not crazy about using packing popcorn - the one time I tried it I found the popcorn breaking down and roots trying to grow in popcorn slime.

    I've only been to Florida for a month or two but the environment would seem ideal for orchids. Thinking your orchids would enjoy and benefit from the use of a small oscillating fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T4tlrman View Post
    the one time I tried it I found the popcorn breaking down and roots trying to grow in popcorn slime.
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    Really? I never experienced anything like that. I mean, even when media is slimy and decayed the shipping popcorn remains intact.
    Wait... I guess I know what you are talking about. There is a kind of shipping popcorn which does not work fine. It looks like little cylinders and gets slimy after watering. This one is NOT suitable for orchid growing. It looks like that:

    Here is the right one

    I prefer white but any color will work just fine.

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    Oh yes, some packing popcorn is biodegradable, that wouldn't work too well.

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    Thanks Natali, and Carol. I'll use broken glass if I get desperate, but I'll never use popcorn again. Of any sort. It made a mess of the pot and I had just recently transplanted the orchid. And it was the only suitable one on hand. DOH!

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    I've had the same experience with popcorn also , gets black and slimey for me also, I use broken pieces of brick or terracotta. But Natali I'm glad you discussed black rot, don't grow many catts anymore but when I did I remember if one got it and it was touching another plant it spread like wildfire.

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    Some popcorn is made from corn starch. And begins to break down when it gets wet. One want to be sure it is Styrofoam I think. I believe it to be the most inert, non-decomposing material around.

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    I lost one of my favorites to black rot just after I moved down here. My Hoku Gem was blown off the railing during a storm. I thought I'd patched her up nicely, but the plant was beyond helping within two days. I'm paranoid about mechanical damage since then. After repotting or any trimming, I bring the plant indoors and keep it dry until the wounds dry out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    Some popcorn is made from corn starch. And begins to break down when it gets wet. One want to be sure it is Styrofoam I think. I believe it to be the most inert, non-decomposing material around.
    Thank you, it is exactly what I meant - Styrofoam. Works great for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stateless View Post
    But Natali I'm glad you discussed black rot, don't grow many catts anymore but when I did I remember if one got it and it was touching another plant it spread like wildfire.
    Yes, it is. Great comparison. Thank you for your comment!

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    I had a similar problem having moved to florida from Ohio. I grow indoors and in greenhouse. I have resorted to buying fans to regulate air flow.

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