STYROFOAM: In Potting Mix

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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Can be made part of a mix or used as drainage layer in the bottom of the pot; if taken from a secondary source, such as packaging protection, make sure no toxic fire retardant has been applied. Van.0.S. Bull.Dec.87
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