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    Amateur Expert, joke or not it involved an illegal drug, plus it was totally out of place and irrelevant!

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    I don't know how similar it would be to coffe grounds but a year or two ago the garden centers started selling "ground cocoa bean mulch" for gardens. It was small hard pieces that I thought would replace orchid bark for drainage in my media.... It really smelled great like a big 20 lb sack of chocolate!

    I repotted some Neps with it and within about a month the soil was infested with fungus of many different kinds. I tried a fungicide and it came right back so I had to repot them with proper stuff.

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    I was not thinking of mixing it into the soil, just putting a little on top. We put coffee grounds on our rhodedendrons and theres no fungis there, of course those are outside, so it's cooler and theres much more airflow.

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    nothing wrong with experimenting but my opinion is that the coffee grounds are going to be prone to molding in the constantly damp and high humidity enviroment.

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    My thinking would be to ask if you actually need to INCREASE the acidity by addition of the coffee

    Aren't most of the mixes we use pretty much acid enough anyway?

    If so then what's the benefit?

    Aaron.

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    Aaron is right IMHO. I think this experiment is better suited for Sarracenia, to see if you can coax some of the deep red coloration of some plants.
    I had seen the same stuff Swords mentioned , and after reading his experiment here, his findings are good enough for me, lol.
    How many of you have tried a cheaper alternative to orchid bark or cocohusk(ie garden center mulches for $2/bag)?

    Cheers,

    Joe

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