Bulb-growing and wood

steven hart hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com
Sun, 21 Aug 2011 19:20:26 PDT
 Hi Mike, when i was working in a wholesale nursery long ago, i saw this
> sort of problem many times. I did some courses on root rots & collar rots
> etc when we started loosing many thousands of plants literally over night.

> Growing on wood "especially soft wood & some pine" was a problem for us too
> & it was highly recommended not too, due to its moisture retention
> properties & not so much the wood causing fungus or disease its self, but
> making disease much more readily transferable from pot to pot.

   Just as a matter of interest, i always learned never to use soft woods or
horse manure in mixes, because they both easily carry root rot. But i
actually use a fine semi composted mixed hard & soft wood blend in all mixes
now days & i add it to my raised, spoon drained, growing beds at 30 to 50%
to any garden soil at regular intervals to help airate the mix & the worm
populations explode along with heaps of fungal & bacterial growth, It is
also a good environmental choice, due to its high ability to carbon store
for long periods, i have never had rot problems even in the soggiest weather
in sub tropical Queensland.

Best of luck !

> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM, Michael Mace <michaelcmace@gmail.com
> >wrote:
> >   I believe now that
> > rot was starting in the wooden slats, and then spreading up into the
> pots,
> > where it nailed the bulbs.
> >
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