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Old 07-02-2015, 09:07 PM
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I found some dead mangrove wood in Florida and I brought it back with me. However, I found it lying in the mud where there was saltwater/brackish water. So I have been leaching it a little bit and scrubbed the bark off. It still has an odor to it that is sulfurous. But the wood is in good condition. How do I treat the wood for preparation for mounting orchids on it? Is it a suitable for mounting orchids on it? I would love your insight and opinions on this wood.
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Passively soaking the wood to leech out the salts is fine. Doing successive soaks in boiling hot water on it will help leech the salts out a little faster. You'll want to do this until the water no longer tastes salty post-soak. I wouldn't be as worried about the sulfur smell. That is from the log decomposing, and that will slow down once it is no longer in the water.

Whether mangrove wood is good specifically for orchids isn't something I can attest to exactly. However, I know that malaysian mangrove wood is used commonly in the aquarium trade, and so I am willing to bet that it is okay.
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