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Thread: more heli media questions, this time cypress

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    more heli media questions, this time cypress

    First, which one... the cypress mulch blends of both tree and bark, or the "Premium" grade bark only mulch (2-3X the cost)

    secondly, I can only find this one documented cypress heli mix:

    25% cypress mulch
    25% perlite
    25% peat
    and another 25% LFS added as a top layer

    any other secret family cypress recipes out there?

    and any caveats with using cypress?

    TIA,
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    i use straight live sphagnum. open, everlasting, very decorative and... if you let it grow...its free
    Alex
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    My current heli mix receipe is:

    60% AGWAY Cypress Bark Mulch
    30% LFS
    10% perlite or coco fiber

    I have had good luck with cypress bark and I like to top dress the pot with live LFS.

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    Glider,

    that is still an option I am considering... I have plenty available

    Dave,

    Thanks, for the info
    the only premium brand I could find locally was Cypress Royal

    everything else was labeled as "blended" which worried me LOL

    I tell ya what, I have seen your mix work... and I'm impressed

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    the only thing i have to do with mine is trim it back every now and then.
    Everything is explainable. The seemingly unexplainable is but a result of our insufficient knowledge.- Hans Brewer

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    Quote Originally Posted by glider14 View Post
    i use straight live sphagnum. open, everlasting, very decorative and... if you let it grow...its free
    Alex

    Sphagnum just burns here, even when I'm in Oregon!

    Heli media: Don't forget the Vermiculite!!!!

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    Vermiculite is no good for nuthing. Turns to a nasty mush after awhile..
    Only thing I'll use it for is Mexi-Pings.

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    a little research on the characteristics of cypress bark....

    it is Ph neutral and doesn't really become a carbon sink, but neither does it provide much in the way of trace nutrients due to its slow deterioration rate

    highly resistant to pests and molds


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