Kelly Irvin
Fri, 11 Apr 2008 16:32:05 PDT
Doesn't seem off-topic to me. What's wrong with a bulb gardener gettin' 
down 'n' dirty? After a long day in the bulb nursery, I'm usually pooped.

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b

Uli Urban wrote:
> Dear Dennis and Dear All,
> Very interesting what you write about horse manure and orchids. I feel
> slightly off topic.... but still. I have never dared to use pure horse
> manure on any plant and for sure never fresh. The mentioned wood/grass
> cutting and horse manure compost is composted for at least one year
> before I use it. (German winter slows down rotting) When starting with
> fresh material the whole heap becomes steaming hot. The ripe compost is
> always full of fungi mycelia but they seem to be of the beneficial
> sort.... I always try to have a stock of this wonderful material but by
> keeping it it decomposes further and becomes almost peat like but never
> as wet or dense as peat. I had a sad failure using this compost with a
> large Oncidium (not rare, it was one of the commercial yellow hybrids
> but several years old)so I became careful. I "developed" this mix for
> epiphytic cacti like Epiphyllums and Selenicereus and Schlumbergera and
> they bave never performed better since. My two seedlings of Pamianthe
> peruviana are also grown in this mix and I add a good portion of it to
> my Amorphophallus and Lilium pots. Also Gesneriads like it...... I use
> rain water exclusively for watering. So far I have never ever had the
> problem of soil born disease or fungal infection using compost of high
> organic content.
> Having read your lines I will become more daring in using horse manure
> components in other plants and orchids, too.
> Hope you do not mind the slightly off-topic way of this
> contribution.................     Uli
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