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    Is it worth adding dolomitic lime to the mix since most pings prefer higher pH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gill_za View Post
    Is it worth adding dolomitic lime to the mix since most pings prefer higher pH?
    I've never bothered because so far I've had zero troubles growing all mexican pings I've tried growing (about 15 species). If I had some laying around I would try it on a few but do not feel its necessary.

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    I only have a few species of pings, none of which you are getting minus a moctezumae...however I've never had any problems with a mix a little on the sandy side of a 50/50 sand and peat mix.
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    APS, crushed coral, egg shells....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    APS, crushed coral, egg shells....
    Thanks for suggestion, but unfortunately APS and crushed coral is what I don't have


    Thank you all for replies! I will make a mix per 31drew31 suggestion.

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    You can get really scientific with the soil mix, but I prefer to use whatever is around. Literally... I have grown mexican pings in virtually every combination of soils... and a lot is also based on your conditions. Though others swear by it, I have found that APS (Aquatic Plant Soil) is horrible for me... and have loss countless pings when using it. However, they have grown quite well in 100% vermiculite, vermiculite and peat, peat, vermiculite, sand, etc.

    It mainly comes down to preference and experimentation. Heck, there are some growers on here that have 100% peat and their pings do just fine.

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    suite

    I use for all my mexican and a lot of temperate this substrat ( alcalin-mineral):

    50% cat litier [ now I add 'akadama' (bonzaï clay) 20%]
    12.5% vermiculite
    12.5 % pouzzolane
    12.5 % river sand
    12.5 % calcareous sand

    attention to the peat it keeps too much moisture and may rot the plant .

    by against some temperate subservient to the acid substrat

    some horticole hybrids are also very tolerant to the acid substrat .

    jeff

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