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    I have charcoal, sphagnum, peat, pool filter sand, perlight, vermaculite, and orchid bark. It seems to me that Orichid bark, Charcoal, Sphagnum and Peat are what I usually see good Neps planted in, but since I haven't mixed my own nep soil before I though I would ask for some examples of what different people use and in what ratios they use them [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I'm replanting an N. ventricosa btw. The more responces the better. Even if someone else posts your mix could you second it or whatever? I want to get an idea of what is most popular etc. Thanks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    1.peat with a dressing of sphagnum
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    I've been using pure NZ lfs and it seems to be working well for me. No mixing necessary... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Hey Darcie,
    I pot most of my neps in LFS and orchid mix, roughly 3:1 or 2:1 (depending on my mood). I put in the orchid mix to lighten the LFS a bit, which I find can compact over time. My plants seems happy, so I guess it working.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]
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    Orchid mix is 50-50 bark and charcoal right?
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    Hey Darcie,
    I think it depends on the orchid mix you buy, honestly. Not sure. I do know there is bark and charcol in there, but I don't know the ratio. Also, there may be other stuff, too. I think mine has these yellowish "rocks" in it...I should look at the bag an figure out what everything is.
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    'Orchid mix' is mostly bark with perlite and charcoal.

    I don't use charcoal.. I think it's a waste of money and doesn't add much.

    I like a mix of fine bark/chips (I use coconut husk chips instead of bark now), perlite, sphagnum cut up a little, and just a little peat. Ratio hmm beats me.. 2 chips:1 perlite: 1 sphagnum: .5 peat I wouldn't go by any specific ratio.. but instead mix something up and if it looks like it needs a little more of this or that then go for it. I am looking for something fairly loose that won't compact but will also hold a good amount of moisture.

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    I would guess, from looking at the bags, that orchid mix around here is 50% bark 25% charcoal and 25% perlite(or sponge rok).
    This is one of those questions where you will get 100 answers if you try for a specific recipe.
    Is the sand fine or coarse? Pool filter is silica, correct?
    Anyway, it is pretty safe to use 50% LF sphagnum and a combo of those course materials. A portion of peat kind of makes the mix cohesive.

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