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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    Did you get the APS at an auto parts store?
    Jim, I use shultz brand APS or Plantcare brand APS,
    (just depends on whatever is available at the time)

    The Plantcare has just a touch of Zeolite in it as well.

    Trueface is a good option, but where Im at its not easy to find. Oil-dri and kitty litter products can vary regionally. What may be a safe bet in one area can kill your cp's when bought in another area. Even though both are the same brand and "same" product.

    Caveat emptor with those two products,
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    Sweet! Wonder how a Ceph would do with the Semi-hydroponic orchid growing method in the Aliflor or LECA balls. I'm gonna be trying a Phrag. pearceii in semi-hydro and will have plenty of substrate left over.

    Jim, don't use NAPA Floor Dry #8822 on CPs. It's great for succulents and is my sole/preferred medium for them but it killed all the CPs I tried it with in a matter of just a few days. Shultz APS seems to be a very safe product for CPs and aquarium plants (also succulents) in my experience with it. Last time I got APS it was $4.99 for 10 lbs in the pond dept at Home Depot and $17.99 for 10 lbs at a specialty garden center!
    One TF member has told me they don't sell it in NC anymore or at least at her HD so you have to check your locations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Sweet! Wonder how a Ceph would do with the Semi-hydroponic orchid growing method in the Aliflor or LECA balls. I'm gonna be trying a Phrag. pearceii in semi-hydro and will have plenty of substrate left over.

    Jim, don't use NAPA Floor Dry #8822 on CPs. It's great for succulents and is my sole/preferred medium for them but it killed all the CPs I tried it with in a matter of just a few days. Shultz APS seems to be a very safe product for CPs and aquarium plants (also succulents) in my experience with it.
    I hear ya. Thanks, Josh

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    My mix isn't pure APS, but about 75%. The rest is equal parts perlite and peat. The cephs love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    Trueface is a good option, but where Im at its not easy to find.
    Although it's labeled as 'Turface' on my bag ...

    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Jim, don't use NAPA Floor Dry #8822 on CPs. It's great for succulents and is my sole/preferred medium for them but it killed all the CPs I tried it with in a matter of just a few days.
    Heard the same thing from 2 other cp growers...

    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Shultz APS seems to be a very safe product for CPs and aquarium plants (also succulents) in my experience with it. Last time I got APS it was $4.99 for 10 lbs in the pond dept at Home Depot and $17.99 for 10 lbs at a specialty garden center!
    One TF member has told me they don't sell it in NC anymore or at least at her HD so you have to check your locations.
    Nor is it available in the NJ area - anywhere I checked. The Turface All Sport has worked well for me (& appears visually identical to Schultz). $10-11 for a 50lb bag at Lesco distributors. Put your zip in on the left side to see if you have any local suppliers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    Although it's labeled as 'Turface' on my bag ...
    You mean they don't custom blend yours?... you have to pay extra for the good stuff
    Mine is quarried by 12 Polynesian virgins during the harvest moon, the cephs love it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Sweet! Wonder how a Ceph would do with the Semi-hydroponic orchid growing method in the Aliflor or LECA balls. I'm gonna be trying a Phrag. pearceii in semi-hydro and will have plenty of substrate left over.
    I have a Cephalotus growing in hydroponics (a bubbler) but I use 1cm rockwool cubes as the medium. I think that LECA would be too open due to the size of the spheres. Maybe a combination of Leca and rockwool would work? - my hydroponic Heliamphora seems to like that.

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