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    Thought I'd try to add a bit to the discussion of laterite. Laterite is a residual product of
    rock decay which is rich in iron oxide and aluminum hydroxide. The adjectival form of
    this word is lateritic.

    Laterite granules are a dull reddish-brown in color and may be found in aquarium stores.
    They are used to supplement aquarium substate materials to support aquatic plants.
    However, they may also be used with Nepenthes; I've personally used this substance
    with N. merrilliana, and found that it greatly increased the color of the plant's leaves and
    pitchers. Furthermore, it may have a beneficial effect on the species overall health and
    rate of growth.

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    RAW,

    What Tony is saying is that "laterite" can and is used as both a noun (or "physical" as you define it) and an adjective.

    When Tony says that "laterite" is not a physical thing he is refering to the adjective form and he is correct. The same way he would be correct if he were to say that the term "warm" is not physical when used to describe colours.

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    I think laterite would work well in N.Rajah's soil mix also. I will look at my local pet store for laterite next time. ANd since Rajah grows in Ultramafic soils maybe laterite could help it get larger and grow even faster. Since neps said it has iron oxide in it and aluminum hydroxide laterite could benifit Rajah and other Nepenthes. Just an idea.

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    For Robert Gibson's (Who actually was a geologist) article on Laterite Soils in Western Australia check out http://www.cephalotus.net.

    I do use the aquarium laterite in some of my pygmy Drosera mixes and it seems to help them.

    Cheers

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    If you don't have any constructive comments to add Raw.. don't say anything at all. I don't particularly care for rude posts.
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    Cool

    I found this website a while back when I first found out about laterite, and I have to say that the red dirt in the first picture looks alot like the clay stuff pic that I posted earlier.

    Everything about laterite

    I just want to know if the stuff that I have is laterite, since I haven't been able to find any retail seller that carries the stuff around here.

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    Mindmaze,

    From the website link you provided...
    "The differences, however, between different kinds of laterite are very big. Not every red soil constitutes laterite and by far not every laterite is suitable for aquaristic conditions.

    The degree of oxidisation of the different kinds of laterite varies a lot as well. Laterite can be so 'stony' that plant roots are incapable of dissolving iron and other nutrients from it. When searching for the right laterite one therefore has to look out for a specific grain structure of the laterite. Furthermore, the chemical composition of laterite also has to be checked and tuned exactly to the requirements of the aquarium. Important in this context, too, is the correct chemical balance between iron and the remaining trace elements, e.g. manganese, zinc, tin, copper as well as the important macro nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. The pH-value has to be right as well."

    So if you really want to use the stuff in your backyard, I would suggest doing a chemical analysis before testing on your plants. Otherwise, your plants might die.

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    Wink

    d@mn!

    I thought it was too good to be true, and it was. I would still like to use laterite, so I guess that I should start looking around at pet shops or order it online! Thanks a lot anyway.

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