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    Rajah,

    I have used lava rock in the past as part of my mix and never found it to cause any problems so you can probably try it. Not sure if it will meet your iron requirement but you never know
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    Thank you much to all who gave advice about soil mixtures. This is truely a very important website!

    As far as iron, it is very common in most soils, and it's lack is generally due to the fact that as the pH rises, the availability of iron decreases.

    If you have an acid mix, which all of the examples on this thread are, nothing could be easier than to simply add some high iron micronutrient fertilizer to your mixture. I say micronutrient mixture because, as I have learned here, you wouldn't want to heavily fertilize with a general sort of iron fertilizer which has too much nitrogen.

    If you deside to incorperate some regular soil from your garden into the mixture, there will almost surely be enough iron.

    I am sure you know this, but the symbol for iron is "Fe" when you are looking at the label of a fertilizer.

    Regards, and I hope I haven't ranted!

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    I like to use a mix of LF sphagnum, peat moss, orchid bark, and perlite all mixed in without any measuring (yup, im lazy). Works for all my neps.
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    I have had great success using only long-fiber spaghnum moss and orchid bark.

    whenever I have a new cutting, with only a few roots, I wrap the roots in a big ball of wet moss, put a few inches of bark in the bottom of the pot, drop in the moss ball with the plant, then fill in the sides and top with more bark...essentially its all moss in the center, surrounded with a layer of all bark...holds mositure for the roots, and drains well...

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