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    good soil mix for lowiio

    hey guys i was wondering what would be a good soil mix using the following. This is all im able to get so nothing else.

    Orchid bark
    Fine to medium chunks of coconut husk
    Peat
    Perlite
    Polystyrene
    Washed sand

    Thank you

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    Hey Kevin, with the stuff you have I would probably use 2:1:1 of coconut husk, orchid bark and perlite, even ratios of bark, coco husk, peat and perlite. The second one would probably hold water better, so I would use that if your humidity is lower. If its fairly high I would use the first mix.

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    if you can get LFS itd be great. i use fine coco husk chunks, LFS and perlite equal parts. if you have lower humidity then just use more LFS and less of the other two

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    LFS is best. You can go to Home Depot or Lowes and get it.

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    Kevin lives in South Africa, and has mentioned several times that he cannot get certain soil ingredients where he lives, most notably Sphagnum. There is no Lowes or Home Depot for him to go to. He listed the soil options he has available to him.
    That said, I would think the coconut + perlite + bark should make an acceptable mix in approximately equal parts. I would recommend washing both the Perlite and Coconut before using, to leach out any salts and/or added nutrients. Soak overnight in very clean water, drain, and repeat at least one more time before using.

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    I would recomend using Peat in the mix as well (given it is sphagnum peat) to replace some of the benefits of sphagnum moss. Maybe add one part peat to the mix whimgrinder suggested.
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    Ive heard that peat and lowii doesnt mix. Thanx for the suggestions. The coconut husk i have now has the consistency of peat but doesnt hold water as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevnep View Post
    Ive heard that peat and lowii doesnt mix. Thanx for the suggestions. The coconut husk i have now has the consistency of peat but doesnt hold water as well
    Hmm... I've never heard anything like that. You did put it on your list
    Well, just do what whimgrinder said then.
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