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  potting medium for Anthurium
From: piaba piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2003.05.31 at 13:01:34(10296)
hello aroiders,

i've started some seeds of Anthurium in sphagnum moss
and now i'm starting to transplant into larger pots.
what do you think of using fine orchid bark mix as a
potting medium for anthuriums? since they grow side
by side on trees, i'd think it's ok to use the same
medium. what are your thoughts/experiences with this?
thanks.

tsuh yang

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From: Neil Gordon neil at ng23.abelgratis.co.uk> on 2003.05.31 at 15:47:08(10297)
On Saturday, May 31, 2003, at 09:01 PM, piaba wrote:

hello aroiders,

i've started some seeds of Anthurium in sphagnum moss
and now i'm starting to transplant into larger pots.
what do you think of using fine orchid bark mix as a
potting medium for anthuriums? since they grow side
by side on trees, i'd think it's ok to use the same
medium. what are your thoughts/experiences with this?
thanks.

tsuh yang

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From: "Derek Burch" derek at horticulturist.com> on 2003.05.31 at 17:49:50(10298)
It is really all in the watering. I think that you can grow almost
anything in almost anything if you can get the watering right. So, much
of what I do (and perhaps most people would say the same) is to make it
harder to make mistakes in keeping the medium too wet or too dry. For
me, this means a mix of a largely organic material(s) with something
that gives guaranteed drainage - perlite, coarse sand (or coarse grit if
you are in UK).
I, personally, would find fine orchid bark by itself to dry out too
quickly, but as I first said, it is all in the watering. . .
Not much help with specific advice - sorry about that, but until you
learn to water whatever you choose as a medium, in a way that
corresponds to the plant's needs, you will always be struggling. Derek

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From: "Dany Hervelle" bs246466 at skynet.be> on 2003.05.31 at 21:04:49(10299)
I use it for most of my anth and they seem like it

Dany Hervelle

From: Jill Bell jbell_buxton at yahoo.com> on 2003.06.01 at 07:16:29(10300)
Hey Tsuy Yang,
How are you?
I will give you a suggestion if you want to use orchid
mix, what I would do is add about 40-50% soiless mix
with plenty of perlite to it. I think that drainage
is essential. The transition between seedling in
spaghnum and plant by itself in mix is going to be
touchy for a bit, so you may want to use a sprayer to
keep the top level of the soil moist without rotting
the roots.
Just what I would do. What kind of seeds are they?
Best Regards,
Jill Bell

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From: "Denis Rotolante" denisskg at bellsouth.net> on 2003.06.02 at 09:01:35(10302)
As has already been said it's all a matter of adjusting the water to the
media. Orchid media will work... however only experience will teach you
what the best media will be for your environment and your water
schedule. In my nursery we pot in 60% peat and 40% perlite and we are
watering daily. Some hobbiest growers here in S. Florida use all
volcanic rocks, some peat-lite blends and some use straight sphagnum.
Most of the Bird Nest (Pachyneurium) types have thick fleshy roots like
the velamenous orchid roots and they will form their own growing medium
very quickly. Then they will out-grow their containers and push
themselves out of the pot. The flowering varieites grow a little slower
and need a bit less water.

Good luck and Happy growing

Denis

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