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    Beneficial nematodes.

    Hi all,

    I have received yesterday a shipment of beneficial nematodes (Steinernema feltiae). The plan is to use them as both a way to take care of a suspected root parasite in some plants and food for utrics.

    The nematodes came in a container filled with vermiculite which serves as a carrier. One of the ways of delivering the nematodes to the plants involves placing the contents of the container into 2 gallons of water, let the nematodes wash out from the vermiculite and using the now nematode rich water on plants.

    I am concerned about minerals that may leach out into the water from vermiculite raising its TDS count. Searching the topic showed that Vermiculite is used for some plants as a soil component, but obviously not for all.

    Anybody has comments/suggestions etc?

    Thank you!

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    People use vermiculite in the Carnivorous Plant mixes. I don't personally recommend it because it breaks down in constantly wet conditions. What little mineral content you add is easily flushed out with top watering - after your nematodes get established.
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    Awesome. Thank you for the reply!

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