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    Gypsum for Mexican Pings?

    I was in a local nursery and they had 5lb bags of gypsum for $4. Does anybody use gypsum for their pings, other than P. gypsicola? What exactly does it do for them?

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    Gypsum makes most soil mixes more alkaline. Good for alkaline loving plants like P. gypsicola, and maybe P. medusina. Lot of gypsum in Mexico, I guess its possible it could benefit many types of mexi pings.

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    I'm considering using it as a media. It isn't expensive.

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    Some will probably love it, but I would check the habitat data for any plants I was going to try this with before I did anything.... hasty.

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    I hear ya. So far as I know, it should be great for P. gypsicola... hence the name. According to one book I have, several Mexican pings would do well in a relatively alkaline media, but that doesn't mean that gypsum is the way to go for them. I do have cuttings of most of my plants; that is, extras to experiment with.

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    You should also try some crushed coral. My plants seem to like it a lot. Even my N. campanulata and other LL neps.

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    They are currently in a mix of crushed coral. perlite, and sand.

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    Do you guys just get crushed coral at an aquarium store and leach it like crazy, or is there a horticultural product that I don't know about?

    Experiment!

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