TERRESTRIALS, NATIVE: Potting Medium

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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For Australian types, the Canberra Botanic Gardens mix is 50 to 60% sharp washed river sand, 20% German peat and 20 to 30% eucalyptus leaf litter or sawdust chips; use plastic pots, cold frames 25 deg.C. AU77-139
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