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    Hi All,

    I have several nephs that need transplanting from their teeny, tiny pots but am confused about soil mixtures. I've found recipes that use up to 8 ingredients and others that suggest only two. What have you all found to be a good mixture?

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    You'll get as many recipes as people who respond. My mixture is LFS and sponge rock. When potting Neps, I first put a layer of packing peanuts on the bottom of the pot and then a little coco fiber above, with the LFS & sponge rock mix above that. You don't need to make it that complicated, but I happen to have bags of packing peanuts & coco fiber from my orchid days.
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    It depends a lot on your conditions and schedule as well as species. For example, when I had a lowland terrarium upstairs, I had to cover it because the humidity in the room was low, so I used a mix of 1/1/1 lfs/fir bark/perlite and watered about once a week. Then I moved it into the basement where it's naturally humid and I only cover the tank half way, so the water evaporates faster and with the same mix I had to water every 3 (that was pushing it!) days. Since then, due to my schedule I had to replace the media with straight LFS and now I have to water once ever 5 days, not pushing it.

    So, depends on the species, your personal schedule and the conditions. I'd still use 1/1/1 lfs/fir bark/perlite if I didn't have to be out of town for 5 days at a time.

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    thats a good recipe...if you ditch the lfs for peat :P
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    Thanks for the suggestions. When I was out today I looked for LFS and couldn't find any; I was going to try Armstron's tomorrow. So if I can't find LFS peat is ok? I have some of that from separating some pings. And if I can't find fir bark would orchid bark do the trick? From my reading I know nephs don't like real wet roots and so the soil needs to drain and I saw that pearlite was used in some recipes. Is that good to add? Also, (I guess this does get complicated!) some recipes called for charcoal; is that just to keep the water sweet? Also, when I do take the plants out of their little pots, do I try to get the old material off the roots, of just place the whole thing in the new mediuim? Thanks again!

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    peat is fine...just make the mix super loose...like 1:2 peat: perilte.

    about that last question... take it out of the pot and just make a hole and just place the whole root/ dirt mass into the hole. that makes it so there is as little root disturbance as possible.

    good luck!
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    Depends on specie but fine orchid bark, perilite, and peat all should be clean of minerals etc.

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    cpwitch,

    As I'm sure you'll discover/possibly already know....everyone has their own nep soil recipe. I have some growing in pure cedar mulch..I have some growing in pure peat...Some in 1:1 peat: perlite, some in pure orchid bark, some in orchid bark: peat 1:1, etc. It depends on species and personal preference, but also on a few facts. Personally, I think lfs sucks hardcore and I only use it as a topdressing on maybe 3 plants. But in terms of facts, I regularly fertilize, which breaks lfs down and ends up harming the plant in the end.
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