This is perhaps a newbie question and I apologize if this is. From reading many of the posts, it seems as though many of you have very good luck with your neps. For me, 40 - 50% of the ones I receive make it. When I get a nep, I typically buy several and get them fairly young...expecting to lose some.
I've tried following the soil mixtures that have been mentioned and sometimes try to compromise what has been suggested. I typically use orchid soil mix (by Schultz), long fibered sphagnum, coconut fibers (washed several times in distilled water), perlite, a little bit of volcanic rock, and peat moss. I put them all in a bucket, with the percentages that have been mentioned and mix them all together with some water. I then allow the mixture to sit for several hours to allow the water to absorb into the mix. I then put the mix into a large flower pot with some extra drainage holes drilled into it to allow water to pass through a little more easily. I carefully place the nep into the pot, trying to minimally disturb the roots, and gently pack the soil around the plant/roots.
What I was wondering, do you layer the soil in any particular way or order or do you just mix them all together? I'd like to try to find a way to increase my survival rate.