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    What media do you keep on hand?

    Mostly out of curiosity but also wondering what I should be considering myself. I have to restock on media after a move, and although I don't keep anything very demanding (sand/peat mix seems to be enough for 90% of my small collection) I am in need of repotting as it is and always interested in seeing what works for others!

    So feel free to add what you like to keep on hand. I know media mixes come up in a lot of topics and forums on TF, but feel free to list what you tend to mix for certain plants. Or don't
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    I really only grow nepenthes, so my media is very different from yours.

    - long fiber sphagnum
    - coconut husk (the extensively washed kind)
    - orchiata
    - sponge rock (much chunkier than perlite)
    - charcoal (broken by hand, which is such a pain I've almost stopped using it)

    All my nepenthes have some inexact combination of the above.

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    I always keep peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, horticultural sand, long fiber sphagnum moss, orchid bark, limestones, dryed blood worms, many 3" and 6" pots and saucers, and demineralized (or rain) water on hand.

    What i have the most is peat moss, i think i have 85L right now. Enough for the next 3 years.

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    I always keep orchid bark and cinder on hand. Those are the two biggest components of my nepenthes mix. I recently purchased a 3.8 cubic ft bale of peat. Considering I only have one or two plants that need peat, that bale will last me the next 10+ years.
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    For Nepenthes, Sphagnum is probably the most important component to have on hand for me. Otherwise, coco husk, perlite, and orchid bark are pretty essential. I also like to amend the media for certain species with laterite and charcoal.

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    I just ran out of Sphagnum but I usually have 4-5 bags of it, a bag of peat, a bag of perlite and a bag of silica sand. I never use that silica sand...

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    I usually have on hand:

    -- live and dried long fiber sphagnum
    -- milled sphagnum (for seed germination)
    -- sphagnum peat moss
    -- fine "orchid" bark
    -- pumice
    -- horticultural grade sand
    -- aquatic plant media (APS)
    -- ceramic beads (commonly used in hydroponic systems)
    -- rock wool (for starting cuttings) . . .
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    Oops.. Wrong thread.
    Last edited by mass; 08-13-2013 at 08:24 AM.

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