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Old 02-14-2016, 07:22 PM
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Came across a little Osmunda fiber- what would YOU do with it?

While doing a little garage clean-out, I came across some Osmunda fiber in a plastic bag. Maybe a quart or two. It seems to be in good condition, even though it must be 10+ years old.

I know Osmunda is close to impossible to find these days, and is wicked expensive when you can find it.

Osmunda used to be the potting medium of choice decades ago. I would like to put this material to good use. I'm looking for suggestions - what would YOU use Osmunda for? Potting medium? Pads for mounted plants? Any particular types of plants you would use the Osmunda for?

I look forward to hearing your ideas.
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Old 02-20-2016, 11:52 AM
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No idea. I do remember that in the early days of growing orchids, the only books I could find in the nearby library suggested Osmunda and Tree Fern as the only worthy mediums and made it clear I needed to have a greenhouse to grow orchids. With the internet still in the beginning stages, I had to get an encyclopedia and dictionary out to try to figure out what the stuff was and then went on to try to find something to replace these mediums as there was not hopes in finding the stuff locally.
I have never used the stuff so I cannot advise you but have fun with it.
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