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Algae/moss friendly drench to control mildew?

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    Question Algae/moss friendly drench to control mildew?

    Hi all! I have made some things that I like to call "maskets". I took treefern pieces and some hardware cloth and sorta made a mashed up hybrid of mounts and baskets. Eventually, (I hope) the plants will take over and grow all over the things more in the way of mounts. The problem is that I used sphagnum that I pressed into sheets to line these things. While they look lovely, they smell mildewy. I was concerned for the plants when I noticed this, so I started "unmasketing" one of them to repot and saw tremendous root growth! Anyone know of anything to use that would give me a good shot of killing off the mildew/fungus and still allow the algae/moss to live?
    I am using these for a bulbo and a stanhopea growing outdoors. I have decent enough air movement, considering the fact that I am not blessed with great humidity.

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    I grow both gesneriads and begonias under lights and in humidity domes. These aren't your typical easy to find plants. Anyway....I took a lesson from some african violet growers and spray a disinfectant spray. Just a household spray. Most of the plants are in trays of sphagnum. It works great and will not hurt blooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    I grow both gesneriads and begonias under lights and in humidity domes. These aren't your typical easy to find plants. Anyway....I took a lesson from some african violet growers and spray a disinfectant spray. Just a household spray. Most of the plants are in trays of sphagnum. It works great and will not hurt blooms.
    Really interesting to know. Do you spray the trays or just around the plants?

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    Do you mean something like Lysol? I'd be willing to try that.

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    Would love to see a picture

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    Of my maskets? LOL! I will see if I can't get the cam to work on that!
    I think they look nice enough!

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    Yes, Lysol. You can use the generic and you can mix the concentrate, too. I spray the plants.. lightly. It is very effect on powdery mildew. It is also used for moldy soil.

    "African violets are particularly susceptible to the disease, which can be fatal for them. African violet specialists with the African Violet Society of America suggest using Lysol on the plants to cure them of powdery mildew"

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    by the way: My plants often smell of "fresh linen" that is the generic I bought. It still is the same stuff.

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