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    You must have to rinse that stuff a lot before it is usable.. I do like the look of that though.
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    Yeah, I rinse the heck out of it! But it comes clean. I also have to throw away huge pieces of wood that are in there. But it's super cheap, and I really like the level of water retention it gives, and the seeming resistance to the carpet moss I get on everything always.

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    I also like the look of that mix! So what are the pros and cons of the ceader mulch instead of orchid bark?
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    Looks like it holds the water better than orchid bark.. since orchid bark generally isn't shredded. Is that all you use? The mulch and perlite?
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    Well, again, I'd like to point out I've only used this for a while. I know people who grow wonderful plants in cypress mulch, which is very much like cedar mulch. What I like about it is that it holds water better than orchid bark, and makes it unnecessary to use much peat or sphagnum at all. You can see that it's shredded material, and it soaks up water pretty fast. And it's a lot cheaper than orchid bark. You do have to rinse it thoroughly, though.

    Chrono - in this batch, there's a handful of peat moss, but not much. Otherwise cedar mulch and pumice.

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    I used to grow in an all spag mix. I wanted to change over to a drier mix though to make the plant work a little harder to put down roots.

    I now use this mix:

    medium orchid bark 2 : small orchid bark 1 : perlite 1 : peat moss 1 : spagmoss 1~ quantities arnt measured though. Just mixed till it looks right.



    I am finding this mix easier to control than just pure spag moss. You can leave it for a few days in warm conditions if need be but I tend to water once every 2 days.

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    activated charcoal has been treated with oxygen to open up its pores, increasing the surface area greatly

    The use of special manufacturing techniques results in highly porous charcoals that have surface areas of 300-2,000 square metres per gram. These so-called active, or activated, charcoals are widely used to adsorb odorous or coloured substances from gases or liquids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    The use of special manufacturing techniques results in highly porous charcoals that have surface areas of 300-2,000 square metres per gram.
    Wow! That's insane!

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