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    Quote Originally Posted by Roman Tyrant View Post
    Really? Even if the plant is healthy and you want to move into a larger part, you shouldn't use the old soil?
    Well, from my orchid experience, I know that the medium gets worn down and becomes pretty bad so you have to repot yearly... Not sure if its the same with neps since they don't care about minerals/nutrients in the medium.

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    I toss my old soil into a compost bin to use in the garden next year. That sucker gets hot, so I don't worry about a few bugs. YMMV

    I also would suggest leaving the plant alone. I have an amp. that's currently just a brown stick, and it's starting to pop a couple nodes. (Cross your fingers for it, please, and I'll cross mine for your Nep. It's a giant HL amp.)
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    The last leaf turned black... So cut or throw?

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    Pineapple: It never hurts to hold onto the plant for a few months and see if it comes back.

    Also, you can assume all your plants are infested with the same bugs. I would treat all plants in your greenhouse with a pesticide of some sort, whether natural or chemical, but before doing so check what others have used. I know if you search you will find tons on the subject.

    If you do toss the plant out, toss the media with it. You can save the pot but I would bleach if plastic.

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    Pineapple,

    don't know if this was said but I'd consider sphagnum as soil as well. So (and that's just my opinion) don't reuse it.

    @MICKEY
    BTW your standard 1000W house microwave is useless for the purpose of sterilize the soil. If it would be sufficient people would not be using autoclaves for sterilization!
    If you cook peat for long time it will start to decompose rendering your soil even more useless than it was before.

    Cheers

    Edit: I take back what I said about microwaving as sterilizing. Sorry MICKEY. Started looking online and found several interesting articles. Apparently, although not widely used, standard microwaves were used for sterilizing growth media for bacterial growth. Peat might decompose faster under heat treatment or might not. So anyway, sterilizing soil with microwaves is possible.
    Last edited by gill_za; 06-26-2012 at 12:31 PM.

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    The whole thing turned black and dried up. I cut the stem half way back and I isolated it.

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    sounds like scale can be a possibility

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpbobby View Post
    sounds like scale can be a possibility
    No, it was the alcohol wipes I used on it to kill that little white things.

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