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Re: Rot Prevention

  • Subject: Re: Rot Prevention
  • From: Denis <denis@skg.com>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 15:13:28 -0600 (CST)

The great thing about hydrogen peroxide is that is a good topical
disinfectant and it is applied, does its thing instantaneously and then
breaks down in the process into water and oxygen. No obnoxious organic
molecules to pollute the environment (or if you are a nurseryman poison
your workers). As far as treating Amorphophalli tubers with it, it is 
non specific in its action and will take out the good microflora as well
as the pathogenic organism. It would be ok if you suspect rot problems
are happening or going to happen. However, I would not want to start
wipe out the equilibrium that exists in the Amorphophallus root zone
around the rhizome. If you are going to all the trouble of dipping the
pots in the stuff you might as well just bare root them and store them
in an inert material that does not support rotting. But then again I
don't do much with Amorphophalli and so what do I know.

Denis at Silver Krome Gardens
Homestead Florida

mburack@mindspring.com wrote:
> I know I am going to get smacked for this, but.... regardless, why would this be "better" than using one of the MANY fungicide products on the market? Cost?
> As far as I know, Hydrogen peroxide has great "disenfectant properties" but I dont know if you would find it to be a broad spectrum fungicide.
> aroid-l@mobot.org wrote:
> > At a recent orchid society meeting, the speaker mentioned that
> he uses hydrogen peroxide (3%) to treat orchids that have experienced
> a problem with rot. Basically, he waters the plant on its regular
> schedule, but for three waterings he uses hydrogen peroxide. His
> reasoning was that apparently plants (at least orchids) produce a
> weak hydrogen peroxide solution at the interface between leaf and
> stem when the plant is dropping a diseased leaf. His reasoning being
> that if the plant produces it inside, it should have no problem with
> it being applied on the outside.
> Long story, short question. Does anybody have any idea if this procedure
> might help combat rot in dormant potted amorphophallus tubers?
> Bill Weaver
> bill_weaver@hp.com

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