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    George
    Laterite as commonly sold is an orange clay so it's not technically rock, you can obtain it as an orange silicate (what I used - which solidified) or granulated (what everyone else used and has been fine).
    Lava rock and pumice are porous rocks which hold water and roots can attach into the pores on the rock. Flourite is a Iron & magnesium rich red/black clay which has been granulated & baked and broken into tiny cat litter sized pieces, it's very porous and light.

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    ok i got that stuff but i don't use it as mix for potting soil. lava rock would work great since it does have pores so the roots can grab into it and hold strangth.
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    Hmm I am going to do some experimenting with soil mixes once I have the gh going. (yes I know it is slow! But hey everything for one ain;t cheap&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    No kidding! It's even spendier when you have to buy the land first cos you live in a condo! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    Are you planning to make a for fun greenhouse or an actual retail/mailorder tropical plant nursery?

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    I am aiming for a small "experimental" business for the first year. But yes I do plan on being a small retailer like Owen. And hopefully aiming for a life business like PFT,Tony,D'Amato,Catalani,Cantley,Wistuba,etc.

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    well my lowii finally has put out its first leaf. it is only 1/2" long and still curled up. i thought by cleaning her up it would deside to make me happy and start putting out a new leaf. ya right
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    Lowii is VERY SLOW George. I bought mine in July and it has a new leave fully deployed but has not yet dropped the tendril down or made a new pitcher yet on anohter tendril that has sat on the soil, so sit on your hands a little longer! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I'm just back from a week in Europe, so a bit late with this thead, but here's 2 cents worth anyway:

    I found the definition of "ultramafic" as "An intrusive igneous rock very rich in iron and magnesium and with much less silicon and aluminum than most crustal rocks" very interesting (thanks Jeff). I don't know how much magnesium is actually available to the plants from these rocks, but we've found magnesium to be the answer (for us anyway) in growing N. lowii quickly. It's a vigorous plant in the wild in comparison with other flora of the same habitat and can be vigorous in cultivation. If conditions are optimal, a young plant can be expected to put out new leaves that are 30-50% larger (longer) than their predecessors (I can take some photos of this if anyone is still interested in this thread).

    Before we started a fertilizer regimen that included high levels of magnesium, our plants just languished. I mean, really languished. Of course, what works for us may not work for everyone else. We use very well washed coir fiber and chips which have almost zero dissolved solids. Some other types of media may have some micronutrients available to the plants.

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