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Galvanized steel safety

Posted by sid_marx (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 11, 09 at 18:15

Hi Bromfolk,

Does anyone know whether galvnized steel is safe to use in tiered staging for bromeliads?

My concern is whether water dripping off the shelving picks up anything (like zinc/zinc oxide for example) that will harm the plants below when it drips into the cups or onto the leaves.

Thanks
John


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RE: Galvanized steel safety

Hi John,

I've had no experience with tiered galvanised shelving, but I did grow brom's suspended on a sheet of sloping (new) galvanised mesh.
After a while I noticed that everywhere the leaves touched the mesh, they went brown, so I painted the mesh, and no more problem.

So I guess the answer to your question is that if the mesh is new and unpainted you could have some problems.

All the best, Nev.


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RE: Galvanized steel safety

Hey...I and others here have had some damage from what we believed was gal mesh & support. Below link started with good advice about CCA treated timber; but also has a helpful hint for treating gal. I have since used this on new gal benches and so far so good.

Here is a link that might be useful: Try Vinegar!


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RE: Galvanized steel safety

Thanks very much Nev and bromaholic. I bought some galvanized wire mesh frames from a guy who was dismantling a commercial orchid greenhouse, they've been used as staging for years so it sounds like they'll be safe.

I'm avoiding treated wood, but am thinking of either cedar or hardwood decking timber for the legs and supports.

Thanks again for sharing the knowledge.


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