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    leewoojin, your mix seems a bit on the chunky side.
    I'd leave out either the coconut husks or the fir bark, or replace one of them with peat
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    Wonder why you guys can't use untreated animal bedding... seems like pine or cedar or aspen or whatever shavings would hold water, drain well, and dry out in a pinch of needed be.

    Personally my favorite mix when I did grow nepenthes was 1/1/1 orchid mix (bark, charcoal and clay rock things)/LFS/perlite with brillo pad on the bottom of the pot.

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    If leewoojin94 can keep the watering up, it sounds like a great mix. That's "if." I could never water enough. You can experiment with mixes more if you have room and start prodcuing rooted cuttings. If that was my mix, I would cut vermiculite and firbark out and use peat and lfs in place of those. Some don't like one or the other of those components.
    Actually, I have never been fond of lava rock either, but I can never get small enough pepples(aquarium stores sell nice small ones for a fortune!)
    It really depends on your growing conditions.
    Try this: start a thread on what everyone's favorite mix is, and see how many responses you get(there has to to be one from the past if you can dig(pun) it up). You will get a ton of combos to that question.

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    Thanks, It's so me lol

    If you're looking for small pebbles, buy a bag of Schultz Profile from home depot. It's aquatic plant soil. It's heavier than perlite but still very light. It's inert and only 6 bucks for 10 pounds. I'm crazy about the stuff.

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    Huh - I just use LFS mixed with Schultz orchid mix (which has bark, pummice, lava rock...all sorts of stuff). Gives chunk, water retention, drainage and air flow (if I use enough of the orchid mix, like with certain highlanders). I have a bag of vermiculite, but I really don't use it....Does it work for neps? I always though it made the soil more basic, and most neps prefer some acidicy....
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    Vermiculite is kind of a buffer for plants which like a touch of nutrients. Vermiculite doesn't have a bunch to offer, but it does give some. I've used it with perlite to germinate seedlings with great results. It kind of hinders algae growth so the seedlings have a more friendly rooting surface.

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    Dustin- you're right about vermiculite helping prevent algae growth. I have ground it up into a powder and top dressed my pots of terrestrial Utrics. with it and I wouldn't get any of that nasty green slime on the soil surface. Worked like a charm.

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