POTS (GENERAL): Clay Vs. Plastic

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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Comparative experiments under scientific conditions demonstrated that cattleya-type orchids grow almost as well in plastic as in clay; differences in growth due to aeration by clay. A61-32+; OWD. clay, plastic or cement do not appreciably affect dendrobiums growing in no.3 blue crushed rock; refer to NH79(4)13+
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