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    There is usually only moss whenthe orchid potting mix has decayed. Obviously don't do this if its flowering because you will cause loss of the flower. A couple of my friends are commercial orchid growers and they agreed that if anything besides sphagnum is used when it starts absorbing water to change the medium

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    Hey guess what! I finally heard back from the nursery and she's gonna replace my Orchid [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I also just won three Orchids from the same person from Ebay.This is what I won:Orchid Odontoglossum Bllra.Tahoma Glacier 'Green" $8.30Canadian,Pansy Orchid Miltonia 'Chris Ellis Cross' $5.05Canadian and a Fragrant Orchid Cattleya Netrasiri Beauty x Varut $3.75Canadian! ~Niki~
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    Is the seller boergreen? If so they're very fine plants usually (I have had a few things from them and been very impressed), and I'd say you were just unlucky and got a plant with some kind of infection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Treaqum @ May 14 2005,7:54)]There is usually only moss whenthe orchid potting mix has decayed. Obviously don't do this if its flowering because you will cause loss of the flower. A couple of my friends are commercial orchid growers and they agreed that if anything besides sphagnum is used when it starts absorbing water to change the medium
    Once again I disagree, moss tends to grow on certain mixes, often when they are perfectly fine
    You may however find it growing on bark mixes which are ok and dont need to be changed with fresh soil

    Also, rockwool material(which is used by some orchid growers) is used as a water absorbent and it is also perfectly fine to use
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    I find I can use anything that does not absorb water. I use mostly Packing peanuts top-dressed with coconut chips. Unless the plant likes being wet then I use LFS (Or if its phaleonopsis I top dress with LFS). Or if humid I use LFS and a terrarium. I do use moss to attach orchids to plaques or fern-fiber but other then that I don't. I was speaking more of mixes such as orchid bark or coco-chips that are found at home-depot or other super centers or garden center that have decayed and so are water logged and moss is growing on and the entire thing is rotting the roots of the orchid because it is too wet.

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    Hey Starman,
    What is rockwool material? I have never heard of that or seen it on the shelves for sale here?

    I use basic orchid bark and horticultural grade charcoal for my orchids.

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    rockwool is an artificial material which is used widely here, usually by more experienced growers
    It absorbs water like spaghnum moss and it never breaks down(rots)
    Its most popular use is in Phragmepedium mixes since they love moisture and dislike sitting in dry soil at any time, I bought a Phragmepedium Don Wimber which is growing in pure rockwool
    However, it can be used in mixes for most orchids
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