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  Growth Media for Anthuriums
From: <pbunch at cox.net> on 2009.08.19 at 09:46:29(19752)
A friend of mine asked me what the best media are for florists Anthuriums. He recently visited a nursery where they use Oasis. I have never tried this but it sounds interesting.

Any comments on the use of chipped coconut husks? Not the finely ground coir.

Thanks,
Phil

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From: STARSELL at aol.com on 2009.08.20 at 10:19:49(19761)
Phil,

I can point you to a page that is important about using it and

an indepth discussion on an orchid forum.

Many people mistakenly think it is always bad/salty.

It does have to be cat-ion exchanged before you use it, but

that is easy enough. (epsom salt and calcium nitrate.)

http://www.slippertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12485

http://www.ladyslipper.com/coco3.htm This one is by Dr. Bob Wellenstein.

good growing,

Alison

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From: <pbunch at cox.net> on 2009.08.20 at 18:22:47(19782)
Thanks Allison.

I have been using Epsom Salts and a high nitrate fertilizer for a couple of months now and all is well. The coir produced here in Colombia seems to be less salty than that from India and Sri Lanka. I also triple rinse it first. I started treating it because I was using it for Gesneriad seed sowing and did not want to take chances.

So far so good with Aroids.

I will let my friend know about the links.

Phil
Medellin

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