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Oops! biodegradeable foam peanuts!

This is a discussion on Oops! biodegradeable foam peanuts! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I potted several plants a few weeks ago. In the bottom of the pots I ...

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    Angry Oops! biodegradeable foam peanuts!

    I potted several plants a few weeks ago. In the bottom of the pots I put what I believed was polystyerene peanuts. Now I have discovered that among the polystyerene there are some biodegradeable peanuts I didn't know where there. I assume that some of my plants probably have some of these in the pots. What should I do? Will the biodegradeable peanuts damage my orchids or are they harmless? I hate to repot a whole lot of plants if it isn't necessary.These were all new bare root plants that are mostly looking improved recently(except for two) and I don't know whether it is best to leave them alone or just repot the whole lot. Help!

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    I'm guessing leave them. The peanuts add drainage only. And who knows how long it takes to break them down. I'd poke a pencil or skewer up through the holes in the bottom of the pot every several months to make sure the bottom of the pot isn't mired in melted peanut sludge, but unless that happens you should be fine until your mix needs replacing.


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    Most biodegradeable peanuts are made from cornstarch or similar product. It can get a little slimy, but should disappear quickly with watering.

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    yup you just some extra sugars in your media, thats all

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