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Hey guys,
I am toying with the idea of getting a big bag of medium diatomite. I was hoping on doing s/h with it, but I need advice. I have read that it is not very good used that way. I wanted to experiment with it on a few wet phrags... Good the bad and the ugly(wait I am already here....) please! You guys rock!
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Tadd,

I have seen plain diatomite used with phrags. However, with paphs; it usually has to be mixed with coconut fiber or bark. I have been using it with most of my paphs with the coconut fiber and or bark with great success.
 

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I mix it with CHC and perlite as well and so far it's as good as anything else I've used.
 

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I placed a few Phrags in S/H with straight diatomite this Spring. So far, they are doing fine. I changed them from PrimeAgra to diatomite because I wanted to see how they would do in that media. Those particular Phrags were doing fine in PrimeAgra, also. The Phrags and Paphs that I had in PrimeAgra S/H that were not doing well, I changed into a mix of diatomite, CHC, and a little charcoal and sponge rock. These are all doing quite well with new growth and new roots. So far, I'm liking diatomite very much.
 

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I've had excellent luck with straight diatomite and phrags...

Jury is still out on whether small or medium is better, I suspect it depends on the size of the SH pot.
 
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Bill in NYC

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I keep my Phrags in waterfilled saucers. Will diatomite absorb the water as my present bark medium does now??
 

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