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    Hey Bill,
    You should use trich and see if it helps. Do you still have some? Although, I think the trich also prefers lower temperatures, so I am unsure if that alone can rescue a declining plant. But pre-treatments, regular treatments will definitely help keep it healthier and live with increased tolerance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoSarah View Post
    *considering not using orchid bark anymore after horror stories*
    Same here. I know they make just straight fir bark (typically for reptiles). I may switch to that, given a good rinse, and cooked until reasonably sterile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragoness View Post
    Same here. I know they make just straight fir bark (typically for reptiles). I may switch to that, given a good rinse, and cooked until reasonably sterile.
    I always feel like some sort of witch making some foul brew when I cook soil media.
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    But I can't so you must come to me, I'm sure we will get along splendidly

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    If your sure its root rot that is the problem you can always switch to net pots, more airflow into the medium with help some. Although if you just repotted, adding some slits into the new pot would accomplish the same goal. Switching to 4" net pots and adding 1/4-1/2" lava rock into the mix fixed the bark/sphagnum decay issues I was having a few years back. The bark is still decaying but I'm getting another year out of the mix with this combo.

    I know in the US they are getting a lot of there orchid/hobby tree bark from tree farms designed just for harvesting the bark, might be a reason for the new bark breaking down faster than the older bark. They are using a specific species of tree with the only purpose of selling the bark.

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