Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)
Judging by the appearance of the material sent, I should say it would not last well in the moist heat of an Orchid house, and though the plants may possibly grow well in it for a time, I imagine it would run together very closely when decayed. For the ordinary run of Orchids there is nothing to beat good heath peat, and if a good price is paid for it splendid samples are easily obtained. Try a plant or two in it this season that you are not particular about, a free-rooting kind for preference such as Dendrobium nobile, and if you find it answers you may easily extend its use. I should not care to pot valuable plants in it; it has not that tough, wiry feeling about it that one likes in Orchid peat, but it is worth a trial, and without this it is impossible to say with any degree of certainty whether it is suitable or not. --H. R.